Purple or pink?

GLAAD (The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) promoted Spirit Day today. They asked that individuals wear purple in support – this is the background:

On October 20th, 2010, we will wear purple in honor of the 6 gay boys who committed suicide in recent weeks/months due to homophobic abuse in their homes and 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, Raymond Chase and Billy Lucas. You are loved.

I was glad to see several people supporting but I also saw some pink shirts. The Pink Shirt day which is usually in February was also promoted for October 20th. Check out this video on two high schoolers who stood up to bullies and started a movement to stand up for others to show support by wearing pink shirts on a specific day:

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Pink Shirt Day, posted with vodpod

I spent my day in back to back meetings, all the while wearing my pink t-shirt with purple shirt over it. To each their own to support or not support but all types of bullying does need to be addressed.


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3 Responses to Purple or pink?

  1. Raul Castro says:

    I understand the situation, but I find no use in honoring anyone that commits suicide. Regardless of how bad your life is, it is best to learn to overcome it. To give up by suicide is weak and incredibly selfish. If they thought they were suffering, imagine how their family is now. But to each his or her own I guess..

    • Que Fregados says:

      I see your point. There is a lot of self-guilt and family chaos after a suicide. Maybe the wording is a little off and it should be in memory of or to honor those who survive but it makes it no less an effort if even for awareness (as opposed to practical).

  2. MaryHelen says:

    I wore a pink top and purple pants! But I only went out to water the plants and do laundry. :o/

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