Posted by Guest Writer on Thu, 04 Nov 2010.
Spirit Day was created by teenager Brittany McMillan in response to the tragic deaths of Tyler Clementi, Zach Harrington, Asher Brown, Seth Walsh, Justin Aaberg, Raymond Chase, Billy Lucas and Cody J. Barker, bullied and discriminated against purely on the basis of being Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual or Transgender (LGBT). Purple symbolizes 'spirit' on the rainbow flag, a symbol for LGBT Pride that was created by Gilbert Baker in 1978, and Brittany proposed that on Spirit Day, 20th October 2010, that people wear / display purple in support of young people going through similar experiences. What she started was a massive campaign, one that was shared globally, and at least from that it's clear that the majority of people are indeed open minded.
One of our young people was touched by the campaign and in response, wrote this article:
Why did I wear purple on Spirit Day?
I’ll tell you why they did - I’m going to be blunt. Why does gender matter to people? Gender does not mean anything to me at the point in my life - if I or a person close to me was to fall in love with a woman then we’d fall in love with a woman, similar if anybody was to fall in love with a man, then we’d fall in love with a man!
Imagine if the tables were turned and you were out with your girlfriend and somebody rained abuse over you, branding you as “sick” or “unnatural”, how would you react to that? Imagine you were a girl in the same position and you wanted to marry your boyfriend, only to be told that it’s illegal and you would have to act on it with a campaign?
So, I’ll tell you why we wore purple on Spirit Day. We might be “gays” or “fags” or “puffs” or “queers”, but how dare anyone talk to somebody like that? Tell them that they can’t be with the person that they love, look down on that person because of what they are, who they are? Just think to yourself, next time you judge somebody over what they are and what they want to be. Just think for a few moments and think whether or not you should just reconsider.