Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Arts.Advocacy+Wellness: "SPIRIT Day: Support LGBT Youth!"

Wednesday October 20, 2010
for Spirit Day!

This Wednesday, October 20th, GLAAD invites you to join us in supporting LGBT youth and remembering those lost to anti-LGBT bullying by participating in 'Spirit Day'.

How to help:

  1. Forward this e-mail to your friends, family and co-workers!
  2. Wear some purple on Wednesday, October 20, 2010!
  3. Click here to turn your Twitter profile pic purple now through October 20
  4. Click here to turn your Facebook profile pic purple now through October 20 - then click on the new photo and click "Make Profile Pic"
  5. On Wednesday, post this tweet: I'm wearing purple to end anti-LGBT bullying - make your profile pic purple today #SpiritDay
  6. On Wednesday, post this Facebook status: I'm wearing purple today to support LGBT youth - make your profile pic purple today for Spirit Day at

Spirit Day, created by teenager Brittany McMillan earlier this month, has inspired millions of Americans to pledge to wear the color purple on Wednesday, October 20, 2010.

By wearing purple and participating in Spirit Day, you'll show support for LGBT people and remember those teens who have taken their own lives as a result of anti-LGBT bullying.


Purple symbolizes 'spirit' on the rainbow flag, an icon for LGBT Pride created by Gilbert Baker in 1978.

After receiving thousands of emails from concerned supporters, last week GLAAD worked with Facebook to remove hateful and violent messages on the Spirit Day Facebook event page.

GLAAD and Facebook also announced that we will continue to work together to combat homophobic cyberbullying. Click the image below to watch the CNN segment.

Can you support GLAAD today by donating $5, $25 or $45 to continue this important work to remove violent and hateful comments from Facebook and other sites?

The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) amplifies the voice of the LGBT community by empowering real people to share their stories, holding the media accountable for the words and images they present, and helping grassroots organizations communicate effectively. By ensuring that the stories of LGBT people are heard through the media, GLAAD promotes understanding, increases acceptance, and advances equality.

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