What is Spirit Day?
Spirit Day was started by Canadian teenager Brittany McMillan in 2010 as a response to a large number of bullying-related LGBTQ suicides. Since then it has been picked up and promoted by GLAAD as a day to speak out against LGBTQ bullying and offer visible support to LGBTQ teens.
What Do We Do?
GLAAD has a page where you can pledge to support LGBTQ youth against bullying.
Wearing purple has become the traditional observance for Spirit Day. The color is meant to signal LGBTQ teens that they have our support. If you can’t wear purple or if, like Cuil Press, purple is your “every day” color, you can look for other ways, from making art work to speaking out on social media, to let LGBTQ teens know you are there for them.
“Ultimately, I want Spirit Day to make just one person feel a little bit better about his or herself, to feel safe enough in their own skin to be proud of who they are.”