DignityUSA endorses Spirit Day, and urges all of our members and supporters to wear purple on Wednesday, October 20. This is to call for an end to anti-gay bullying, and is a way to honor the countless individuals who have taken their lives as a result of being bullied, physically or verbally assaulted due to their sexual orientation or perceived orientation. We also ask members to reflect on the particular ways in which religious rhetoric, and the words of our own Church leaders, have to often been used as a basis for this type of violence. Each of us has a responsibility to do everything we can to make our Church and our world safer places for LGBT people, and to provide a safe path for youth who are coming out.
The idea behind Spirit Day, first created by teenager Brittany McMillan earlier this month, is a simple one, not dissimilar to the idea of "Spirit Week" held in many high schools, and can be summed up in three words: Everyone Rally Together. Spirit Day honors the teenagers who had taken their own lives in recent weeks. But just as importantly, it's also a way to
show the hundreds of thousands of LGBT youth who face the same pressures and bullying, that there is a vast community of people who support them.
Purple symbolizes 'spirit' on the rainbow flag, a symbol for LGBT Pride that was created by Gilbert Baker in 1978.
As one of the event's Facebook pages says: "This event is not a seminar nor is it a rally. There is NO meeting place. All you have to do is wear purple."
Wearing purple on October 20 is a simple way to show the world that you stand by these courageous young people and a simple way to stand up to the bullies. Remember those lives we've tragically lost, and show your solidarity with those who are still fighting. 'Go Purple' today!
More information can be found at http://current.com/news/92710658_october-20th-spirit-day-wear-purple-to-honor-tyler-clementi-asher-brown.htm