Spirit Day is a means of speaking out against LGBTQ bullying and standing with LGBTQ youth, who disproportionately face bullying and harassment because of their identities.
Pledging to "go purple" on Spirit Day is a way for everyone — forward-thinking companies, global leaders, respected celebrities, neighbors, parents, classmates, and friends — to visibly show solidarity with LGBTQ youth and to take part in the largest, most visible anti-bullying campaign in the world.
The first observance took place on Wednesday, October 20, 2010. Later observances were held on Thursday, October 20, 2011 and Friday, October 19, 2012 before the tradition of the third Thursday of October was established in 2013.
The name "Spirit Day" comes from the purple stripe of the Rainbow flag, whose creator Gilbert Baker defined it as "representing 'spirit'".
As anti-LGBTQ policies, hate crimes, and harassment are on the rise, it is now especially important to let all marginalized youth know they are supported.
This year, Spirit Day is on October 18, 2018. Take the Spirit Day pledge to show LGBTQ youth you've got their backs at glaad.org/spiritday.
Sporting our fave color and “going purple” in support of #SpiritDay. Standing up for LGBT youth is important to us not just today, but year-round, because we each battled against bullying and harassment growing up. We remember too well the overwhelming feelings of hopelessness, helplessness, loneliness, anger…so now, as adults, we feel a responsibility to stand up for those who have not yet learned to stand up for themselves. #glaad #husbands #lovewins #itgetsbetter
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Today i’m wearing purple because I believe no one should be afraid to be who they really are, help us take a stand against bullying and support LGBTQ youth by taking the #SpiritDay pledge and wear something purple, don’t forget to use #SpiritDay and #ChooseKindness . •comment your favorite purple emoji! . Go to @glaad for more info or click the link in my bio!
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