So what exactly is Spirit Day? And how did it start?
Activists, allies, organizations, and businesses are wearing purple and posting anti-bullying messages today thanks to Spirit Day, a day when millions of people across the globe "go purple" to show support and solidarity with
+ youth. It all started with one person's blog post, and now, it's the largest LGBTQ+ anti-bullying campaign in the world!
Spirit Day has origins back to 2010
when high schooler Brittany McMillan had become fed up and worn down by seeing tragic stories of queer youth taking their lives due to homophobic bullying. She and her friends decided that on October 20 they'd wear purple in honor of those student's memories and in support of queer youth. She posted the idea on her Tumblr.
McMillan wrote a powerful message on her Tumblr that first Spirit Day.
"It's been decided. On October 20th, we will wear purple in memory of the recent gay suicides. Many of them suffered from homophobic abuse in their schools or in their homes. We want to take a stand to say that we will not tolerate this. Purple represents Spirit on the LGBTQ flag and that's exactly what we'd like all of you to have with you: spirit. Please know that times will get better and that you will meet people who will love you and respect you for who you are, no matter your sexuality. Please wear purple on October 20th to remember all the lives of LGBTQ youth that have been lost due to homophobia. Tell your friends, co-workers, neighbors and schools."
Purple suits us. Today and every day, we take a stand to support LGBTQ youth and guard against bullying. No one should be bullied or called names simply for being who they are. That’s why we are wearing purple for
Today, we “go purple” to stand with LGBTQ+ youth and recommit ourselves to creating a welcoming and affirming community! We also unequivocally stand against bullies—that also includes adult who make it their political careers to attack LGBTQ+ youth.