Tomorrow is LGBT Spirit Day, and people around the country will be wearing purple to show their support for the teens that recently took their lives due to gay bullying.
According to Gayrights.change.org, LGBTQ Spirit Day was started by Canadian teenager Brittany McMillan, who used her Tubmlr account to spread the message. There are now multiple Facebook Pages, with thousands of members vowing to wear purple tomorrow.
A message from one of the Facebook groups reads:
It’s been decided. On October 20th, 2010, we will wear purple in honor of the 8 homosexual teenagers who committed suicide in recent weeks/months due to homophobic abuse in their homes at at their schools. 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. Tell your friends, family, co-workers, neighbors and schools.
RIP Tyler Clementi, Asher Brown, Seth Walsh, Justin Aaberg,Eric Mohat, Meredith Rezak, Raymond Chase and Billy Lucas. You are loved.
Laura McGinnis, a spokeswoman for the Trevor Project, a national organization focused on suicide prevention for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth, told USA Today that gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender teenagers are four time as likely to commit suicide than straight teenagers. Eliza Byard, executive director of the Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network, says that 9 out of 10 LGBT youths are verbally or physically harassed.
So wear purple tomorrow in support of Spirit Day and the teenagers that have recently taken their lives.