On October 17, 2019, millions will wear purple on Spirit Day in a stand against bullying and in support of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) youth. GLAAD is once again working to secure the participation of corporations, as well as celebrities, media outlets, organizations, schools and local communities. By going purple on Spirit Day, you can easily demonstrate your support for LGBTQ young people and take a stand against bullying.
How you “go purple” is completely up to you. Wear purple, add a purple filter, change your logo, make a video, create a graphic, add a purple filter…the sky is the limit. All we ask is that you post on social media, attach any assets, and use the hashtag #SpiritDay on October 17.
If you want your congregation to go purple, I’d recommend going purple during a service the weekend before (Oct 12-13), so that you have photos from your whole congregation to post on the actual Spirit Day on October 17.
According to GLSEN’s 2017 National School Climate Survey, LGBTQ students experience bullying at a significantly higher rate than their non-LGBTQ peers. The effects of bullying on LGBTQ youth are serious, complex and long-lasting. LGBTQ students report feeling unsafe when on school grounds, often resulting in missing a significant number of classes or dropping out because of the continuous harassment they face at school.
To take action in your community download GLAAD’s resource kits to help you engage your friends, classmates, colleagues, local media, and public officials in Spirit Day:
Spirit Day Resource Kit: This resource kit includes information on the history and significance of Spirit Day, LGBTQ bullying statistics, and letter templates to engage your school, public officials and local media news outlets.
Anti-Bullying Resource Kit for Students: This resource kit includes background information on Spirit Day and anti-bullying resources, as well as how to stay safe on social media while sharing LGBTQ stories and promoting transgender equality.
Anti-Bullying Resource Kit for Parents and Educators: This resource kit includes background information on Spirit Day and anti-bullying resources, as well as how to support LGBTQ students and athletes in order to make your local school district more LGBTQ-inclusive and to prevent teen suicides.
We can’t wait to see what you plan! Remember to follow @GLAAD on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram to keep up with all the #SpiritDay action.