Once we learn to see the stories of LGBT people not as "their" story but as human stories, then we can see that we are interconnected and our struggles are universal. After all, all people have to learn to feel comfortable in their own skin. We all have parts of ourselves that we need to come to terms with and accept, whether we're gay or straight.
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.