You may have heard that today is wear purple day, and if you have, you probably already know what it’s for. Today, Oct. 20, is being referred to as “Spirit Day,” a recent coinage that is intended to shed awareness and spread love. Specifically, it is in response to the bullying and suicide victims we have seen in the LGBT Community recently– so this “Wear Purple Day” is a way to show solidarity and support in an effort to prevent such tragedies as much as possible and honor those who have already passed.
All the cool kids are doing it, reports Gina Serpe with E! Online. Wearing purple, that is. It’s the color of the day, and even if you aren’t partial to it, you’ve been being encouraged via Facebook and Twitter to join in for a good cause (or… at least a good gesture). And, Serpe adds, it won’t cost you a thing (as long as you already have purple somewhere in your closet).
Lorain Blanken with DIY Fashion urges you to wear purple for yourself or a loved one, or in honor of anyone who has faced depression or suicide. GLAAD wants you to know that wearing purple on Spirit Day shows the LGBT community– particularly the teens and those being bullied, as are the recent focus– that people are thinking of them, and care about and support them. They want to remind you that there is no meeting place and it isn’t a rally, even though on Facebook many of your friends are “attending.” It is happening everywhere, and you can participate merely by wearing purple on this day.
Blanken refers to the Facebook spreading of Spirit Day as another “miracle of the interwebs,” which is great, since a lot of bullying these days takes place on the web. For positive change to take place and spread equally fast is reassuring, counteracting negativity which has been overwhelming in disastrous ways.
Spirit, on the rainbow flag (a symbol of LGBT Pride), is represented by the color purple. Wearing purple for Spirit Day was thus an easy choice and a simple gesture. GLAAD asks you to tweet that you are wearing purple for Spirit Day to end LGBT bullying, and asking your other twits in the same tweet to make your profile picture purple. They also suggest you hash tag #SpiritDay in your tweets to make it a trending topic– they want the awareness to spread as much as possible.
Spirit Day was actually just created earlier this month with the concept of everyone rallying together, which is what is needed to end bullying toward this group, or any other group, for that matter. It was specifically created to honor the teens who recently committed suicide over bullying centered around their being gay. There are a couple of “events” on Facebook which you can “RSVP” to, showing your support, to make it truly a global day of remembering. You can learn more about GLAAD’s involvement in Spirit Day, which includes video clips, at their site.
Join your friends and be a follower– it’s okay this once. Wear purple, tweet or status update about it, spread the links and news around, RSVP the events, and change your profile pics. We can show the world that we are able to show love just as easily or more than we show hate. Even though Spirit Day is new to us, it asks so little of us, and apparently its sentiment is much-needed right now in the world.
Gina Serpe, Purple Power! Stars Align to Celebrate Spirit Day– Are You In?, UK E! Online
Lorain Blanken, Wear Purple Today, October 20th for Spirit Day, DIY Fashion About
Wear Purple on Oct. 20 for Spirit Day, GLAAD