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Spirit Day

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 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.