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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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.