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Millions expected to dress in purple, in person and online, for Spirit Day 2012

Thursday, October 18, 2012

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

The first Spirit Day 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 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.

An estimated 1.6 million people around the world observed the first Spirit Day. Now observed annually, millions of individuals, schools, organizations, corporations, media professionals and celebrities are expected to wear purple on Friday, and color their social media profiles purple as well.

The worldwide event is now promoted by GLAAD, and this year’s participation is expected to eclipse previous years.

Among the participating media outlets are:

For more information on Spirt Day 2012, and to participate via Facebook and Twitter, click here, and see some of GLAAD’s tips below:

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22 more reader comments:

  1. …me….:)

    Posted on Thursday, October 18, 2012 at 5:19pm
  2. ready to roll here = )

    Posted on Thursday, October 18, 2012 at 5:20pm
  3. I am! And it’s my 26th birthday!!!

    Posted on Thursday, October 18, 2012 at 5:21pm
  4. i am

    Posted on Thursday, October 18, 2012 at 5:21pm
  5. I will be do I have something that is red and purple. Red for the soldiers and purple for the gay soldiers and me.

    Posted on Thursday, October 18, 2012 at 5:21pm
  6. I am!!!! :)

    Posted on Thursday, October 18, 2012 at 5:22pm
  7. Myself, a ton of my friends, other kids at school, and even some teachers!! :)

    Posted on Thursday, October 18, 2012 at 5:22pm
  8. I am!

    Posted on Thursday, October 18, 2012 at 5:23pm
  9. I will

    Posted on Thursday, October 18, 2012 at 5:24pm
  10. I will be!

    Posted on Thursday, October 18, 2012 at 5:26pm
  11. I-wish.. ==

    Posted on Thursday, October 18, 2012 at 5:28pm
  12. I don’t have anything in purple!

    Posted on Thursday, October 18, 2012 at 5:30pm
  13. I will my monday If I hadn’t known i was on camping trip I could have worn purple today

    Posted on Thursday, October 18, 2012 at 5:32pm
  14. i will be wearing purple all day tomorrow cant wait :)

    Posted on Thursday, October 18, 2012 at 5:35pm
  15. Count me in . .. there’s something purple around here somewhere . . .

    Posted on Thursday, October 18, 2012 at 5:40pm
  16. I’m there!

    Posted on Thursday, October 18, 2012 at 5:44pm
  17. Me! I ready have purple hair but I’m wearing my favorite purple shirt too’

    Posted on Thursday, October 18, 2012 at 6:40pm
  18. i got purple : )

    Posted on Thursday, October 18, 2012 at 8:32pm
  19. oh me too and my hair yay!

    Posted on Thursday, October 18, 2012 at 8:33pm
  20. I got a purple shirt and I’m wearing it.

    Posted on Thursday, October 18, 2012 at 10:14pm
  21. Already!!!!!

    Posted on Friday, October 19, 2012 at 12:50am
  22. I will in…3 hours~

    Posted on Friday, October 19, 2012 at 1:56am