Millions go purple on #SpiritDay, Oct. 20

Thu. October 20, 2016 8:28 AM by News Staff

Millions of LGBT advocates and allies are expected to wear the color purple on Thursday, October 20, to commemorate the annual Spirit Day, which is designed to demonstrate support LGBT youth and combat bullying.

Spirit Day was started in 2010 by high school student Brittany McMillan after a string of gay teen suicides. GLAAD worked with schools, celebrities and media outlets to spread the word to wear purple—the color that symbolizes spirit on the rainbow flag—in support of the LGBT community.

According to a 2015 GLSEN survey, more than half of LGBTQ students report being victimized based on sexual orientation, with a further three quarters of students who report hearing anti-LGBTQ remarks in school.

Take a stand against bullying along with millions of others by going purple for the day. Wear purple and turn your social profile image that color to show you support the LGBT community.