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Millions expected to dress in purple, in person and online, for Spirit Day

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Millions of people will dress in purple on Thursday — both in person and online — to mark the second annual Spirit Day, a day demonstrate support for LGBT youth and to speak out against bullying.

Spirit Day was first occurred in October 2010 following the deaths of numerous young LGBTQ people, who committed suicide after enduring years of anti-gay bullying. In response Canadian teenager Brittany McMillan campaigned on social media websites, encouraging people to wear purple on Oct. 20 to demonstrate support for LGBT young people who are victims of bullying.

The color purple was chosen because it symbolizes “spirit” on the Rainbow Flag.

Nov observed annually, millions of individuals, schools, organizations, corporations, media professionals and celebrities are expected to wear purple on Thursday, and color their social media profiles purple as well.

The three largest internet social media networks — Facebook, Twitter, Google+ — have also pledged to mark the day by turning several pages purple, and have encouraged their employees to learn more about the event.

GLAAD has provided tools for assisting social media users in coloring their Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Tumblr profiles purple — click here.

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6 more reader comments:

  1. Sadly…how many teens are going to flush their lives away? The US is a melting pot and we all have a place! Equal rights!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, October 19, 2011 at 10:50am
  2. I agree 100%….Equal Rights….

    Posted on Wednesday, October 19, 2011 at 10:55am
  3. Pleas all Facebook Family and Friends…we need your Support…Thanks…

    Posted on Wednesday, October 19, 2011 at 10:59am
  4. Purple Day! I supported it last year and I will definitely be doing so again this year. It’s a great way to show that you’re there for those who’re being bullied.

    Posted on Wednesday, October 19, 2011 at 11:59am
  5. wear purple tomorrow Cassie Snoddy for this thing(: you and your gf

    Posted on Wednesday, October 19, 2011 at 5:03pm
  6. i missed it!!!!! :(

    Posted on Thursday, October 20, 2011 at 6:32pm