Spirit Day

Spirit Day Quick Facts - CA

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2020 DateOctober 15, 2020
2021 DateOctober 21, 2021
Spirit Day

Spirit Day History

Spirit Day seeks to support LGBTQ youth by advocating against bullying. This day highlights the disproportionate harassment and bullying that LGBTQ students may face in their personal lives or at school. It aims to prevent bullying and show solidarity.

Spirit Day was started in 2010 by advocate Brittany McMillan. McMillan worked alongside the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) to honor the memory of young LGBTQ people who lost their lives. Together, they promoted and encouraged a day where people would wear purple as a show of solidarity. Spirit Day is observed annually on October 15th.

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Spirit Day Facts & Quotes

  • 70% of LGBTQ students reported being verbally harassed according to the U.S National School Climate Survey in 2017.
  • 71% of LGBTQ students reported hearing homophobic remarks from teachers and staff according to the U.S National School Climate Survey in 2017.
  • Ultimately, I want Spirit Day to make just one person feel a little bit better about his or herself, to feel safe enough in their own skin to be proud of who they are - Brittany McMillan

Spirit Day Top Events and Things to Do

  • Wear purple dress or attire as a show of solidarity for those LGBTQ students who may be facing bullying or harassment.
  • Take a pledge against bullying by signing your name at Take the Pledge Against Bullying
  • Donate to reputable charities such as the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice or The Trevor Project.

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