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Spirit Day

The Theology of Spirit Day: As LGBTQ People, We Are All Loved By God

Yagnaram Ramanuja Dasan | Posted 10.16.2015 | Religion
Yagnaram Ramanuja Dasan

I distinctly remember during class one day in my freshman year, someone asked my theology teacher about the Church's position on gay people. I sank into my seat and wanted desperately to disappear.

Michael Sam And Vito Cammisano Are Proud To 'Go Purple' For Spirit Day

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 10.15.2015 | Gay Voices

Michael Sam and Vito Cammisano have teamed up for a new video explaining why they're "going purple" for Spirit Day.  The former couple ...

#SpiritDay: Go Beyond the Hashtag and Purple Pics

Shane L. Windmeyer | Posted 10.15.2015 | Gay Voices
Shane L. Windmeyer

Anything limited to one day and 140 characters is likely never going to prevent or end a culture of LGBTQ youth harassment and bullying. It doesn't just get better. We have to do better.

Social Media and Social Justice in the Classroom

Dena Lagomarsino | Posted 10.14.2015 | Education
Dena Lagomarsino

As they engaged with social media in a supportive environment, students began to realize that they can "be the change they wish to see in the world," as Gandhi advised.

Here's Why These Mizzou Athletes Will 'Go Purple' For Spirit Day

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 10.07.2015 | Gay Voices

Student athletes at the University of Missouri explain why they're "going purple" for Spirit Day in this poignant new clip.  Creat...

Are You Ready To Go Purple For Spirit Day?

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 09.28.2015 | Gay Voices

Are you ready to go purple for Spirit Day? GLAAD has released a new animated video in advance of the event, held on Oct. 15, encouraging sup...

From Spirit Day to 2 Billion Under 20

Brittany McMillan | Posted 07.31.2015 | Books
Brittany McMillan

On October 20th, 2010, I asked people all over the world to wear purple to stand up to homophobic bullying, to show support for the LGBTQ community and to remember the lives of the boys and girls who die by suicide every year because they don't feel comfortable in their own skin.

Diva Internet Sensation Has An Important Message For You

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 10.17.2014 | Gay Voices

Hopefully you saw the viral video of 15-year-old Brendan Jordan stealing the show while werking for the camera during a random news broadcast (we're e...

Making #SpiritDay 24/7, Not Just 10/16

Rev. Susan Russell | Posted 12.16.2014 | Gay Voices
Rev. Susan Russell

What do we do tomorrow? When the purple is back in the closet (so to speak) and kids are still at risk and homophobia and transphobia are still real and present and bullying and killing our youth?

Spirit Day: Let Love Define You

Shane Bitney Crone | Posted 12.15.2014 | Gay Voices
Shane Bitney Crone

October is a very special time for the LGBT community: it is not only National LGBT History Month, but October 11 was National Coming Out Day and October 16 is Spirit Day.

These 'OITNB' Stars Have An Important Queer Message For You

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 10.14.2014 | Gay Voices

It's that time of year again -- time to take a stand against the bullying of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth by making a statement...

A Letter to the Lost

Michael Varrati | Posted 12.11.2014 | Gay Voices
Michael Varrati

It is a disheartening fact that, in 2014, so many kids...and also some adults...feel the anguish of a societal prison designed to stop an individual from being who they are inside.

Laverne Cox's Latest Honor Is Kind Of A Huge Deal

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 10.09.2014 | Gay Voices

Transgender actress and activist Laverne Cox just received another honor -- and possibly one of her biggest ones yet (if you don't count that lil ol' ...

Why I'll Be Purple on October 16th

Zeke Stokes | Posted 12.06.2014 | Gay Voices
Zeke Stokes

In the midst of all life's uncertainties, we must create space that allows our youth -- especially LGBT youth -- to thrive so that they are able to reach their full potential.

Weeklings!: The 7 Purple LGBT Icons (VIDEO)

Louis Virtel | Posted 12.21.2013 | Gay Voices
Louis Virtel

2013-10-22-Screenshot20131021at8.30.41PM.pngCan you name the seven purple LGBT icons? Your gay pride (and Liz Taylor's) depends on it.

Know Your LGBT History: First Spirit Day And 3 Other Queer Events That Happened On Oct. 20

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 10.20.2013 | Gay Voices

In conjunction with the celebration of October as LGBT History Month, The Huffington Post will be providing you with "Know Your LGBT History" updates!...

WATCH: Universal Studios Puts On Horrifyingly Homophobic Halloween Production

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 10.23.2013 | Gay Voices

It's been quite a year of social and political progress for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals as our community continues to ga...

Who Went Purple On Behalf Of LGBT Youth This Year?

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 10.20.2013 | Gay Voices

Oct. 17 marked the celebration of GLAAD's annual Spirit Day, a statement of solidarity among lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals...

LOOK: Major League Baseball Offers Game-Changing Pledge For LGBT Youth

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 10.18.2013 | Gay Voices

Major League Baseball offered a game-changing statement of support through social media yesterday for GLAAD's annual Spirit Day, asking fans to take a...

The Spirit of Friendship

Lester Alemán | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Lester Alemán

As Spirit Day approaches, I think it's important to pause and ask ourselves why we wear purple. Started by a teenager -- Brittany McMillan -- in 2010 in response to the rising number of young adults dying by suicide, Spirit Day has become a staple annual event for the LGBT movement -- but above all serves as way for our friends to make a statement of support.

I've Got Spirit, And So Do You

Glennon Doyle Melton | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Glennon Doyle Melton

You are not only good enough, you are GOD enough. Forgive us for taking so long to unlearn what we've learned down here.

WATCH: Why You Should Wear Purple Today

OWN | Posted 10.17.2013 | OWN

The millions of people who chose to wear purple today -- October 17, Spirit Day -- are taking a stand against bullying and showing support for lesbian...

Why You Should Wear Purple Tomorrow

Marcel Neergaard | Posted 01.23.2014 | Teen
Marcel Neergaard

By wearing purple on October 17, you are standing with millions of people against bullying and supporting LGBT youth for Spirit Day. For kids like me it's more than purple shirts -- it's not feeling alone.

New Book Chronicles The Experiences Of LGBT 'BOYS' Around The World

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 10.16.2013 | Gay Voices

Are you curious about the lives and experiences of gay, queer and trans-identifying men around the world -- including some of the top men working in L...

A Gay Man Returns To His Hometown And Confronts Memories Of His High School Bully

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 10.16.2013 | Gay Voices

This piece, by Andrew Heaver, originally appeared in the second issue of Hello Mr. Fifteen years after you quit high school and the thought of you ...