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Spirit Day

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 Melton | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Glennon 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 ...

WATCH: This Gay Student Wants YOU To Wear Purple This Spirit Day

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 10.15.2013 | Gay Voices

Spirit Day, a day to stand against bullying and show support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth, is this Thursday, Oct. 17 -- and...

WATCH: Why Is Betty White Changing Her Name?

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 10.09.2013 | Gay Voices

This Oct. 17 don't make the mistake of calling Betty White by her given last name -- call her "Betty Purple!" White, along with "Hot In Cleveland" ...

Today Is Spirit Day. Stand Up Against Bullying!

The Huffington Post | JR Tungol | Posted 10.20.2012 | Gay Voices

Today marks a relatively young, but nonetheless important, annual event: Spirit Day, a day dedicated for standing up against bullying and supporting L...

'Weeklings!': Happy Spirit Day! (VIDEO)

Louis Virtel | Posted 12.19.2012 | Gay Voices
Louis Virtel

Oct. 19 is Spirit Day, that wonderful fall day where gays and their allies wear purple. Are you wearing purple today? Well, allow me to tell you where that purpleness comes from, historically!

Allies Across Boundaries

Daniel O'Donnell | Posted 12.19.2012 | Gay Voices
Daniel O'Donnell

Bullying is not an issue unique to the LGBTQ community, or one that can be addressed solely by ourselves. We have much work left to do, and today we reaffirm our commitment to do it. I am proud to be one of many wearing purple today on behalf of the effort to end bullying everywhere.

When Wearing Purple Isn't Enough: How I'm Learning To Tell The Truth About Bullying

Rev. Emily C. Heath | Posted 12.19.2012 | Religion
Rev. Emily C. Heath

Clergy or lay person, LGBTQ or ally, now is the time. When you put on your purple shirt today, or send an anti-bullying tweet, you're doing something great. But tomorrow, when your shirt is not purple, and you're status has been updated, those kids' lives won't have changed by much.

What Spirit Day Means To Me

Brittany McMillan | Posted 12.19.2012 | Gay Voices
Brittany McMillan

Today, a closeted peer can look around a room and see all the people who will support his or her decision to come out. A bullied student can see the people who will not stand by without intervening. As we wear purple today, we give a visual of all the love and support we have to offer.

Facebook Is 'Going Purple'... And So Can You

The Huffington Post | Britney Fitzgerald | Posted 10.19.2012 | Technology

Is the web looking a little... purple? This October 19, prominent tech companies are taking their third annual stand against bullying by "going pur...

Sports Stars, Celebs And U.S. Landmarks Plan 'Unprecedented Show' Of LGBT Youth Support

Posted 10.18.2012 | Gay Voices

Players from all major professional sports leagues will be joining a number of Hollywood A-listers and even some prominent U.S. landmarks in "going pu...

Why I'm Going Purple This Spirit Day

Zach Wahls | Posted 12.18.2012 | Gay Voices
Zach Wahls

My family has been bullied by anti-gay activists who want to take the protection and the promise of marriage away from my moms. Were it not for our allies, I might not have had the strength to stand up and speak out in support of my family back in January 2011.

This Spirit Day, Take A Stand Against Bullying

Jordan Addison | Posted 12.17.2012 | Gay Voices
Jordan Addison

I'm choosing to stand up as a Spirit Day Ambassador because I know what it's like to be bullied. I know the pain that LGBT youth are facing, the self-hatred and the disappointment. There is a real need for legislation against bullying, but even more so, there is a need for allies.

Spirit Day: Wear Purple And Make A Difference In Someone's Life

Shane Bitney Crone | Posted 12.16.2012 | Gay Voices
Shane Bitney Crone

As a teenager who was once ashamed to be gay and afraid to speak up for himself, I know that an event like Spirit Day can make all the difference for someone. By wearing purple, LGBT supporters of all sexual orientations and gender identities can send a powerful message.

Why Not Wear Purple On Friday?

Rev. James Martin, S.J. | Posted 12.15.2012 | Religion
Rev. James Martin, S.J.

If you wait to work for a cause until you're working with people who agree with you on everything, you'll wait forever, and the injustice will continue. So why not do something simple to show compassion for our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters?

Why I'm Standing With LGBTQ Youth On Spirit Day And Beyond

Janet Mock | Posted 12.15.2012 | Gay Voices
Janet Mock

I'm a Spirit Day Ambassador for the same reason that I shared my story of growing up as a young trans girl: Only by amplifying our voices and sharing our truth, in its wide array of brilliant colors, do we learn to accept and embrace one another. I urge you to wear purple Oct. 19.