Spirit Day is an annual observance aimed at raising awareness against bullying and supporting LGBTQ+ youth who disproportionately face harassment and discrimination. It is a global event that encourages individuals, communities, and institutions to wear purple – a color symbolizing spirit advocated by the LGBTQ+ community – and to participate in various initiatives that promote inclusion, respect, and diversity. Spirit Day has grown in prominence since its inception, engaging millions of participants worldwide, including schools, businesses, celebrities, athletes, and politicians.
In Canada, Spirit Day has particular resonance, given the country's commitment to diversity, inclusiveness, and the protection of LGBTQ+ rights. The observance was conceived in 2010 by Canadian teenager Brittany McMillan in response to a series of LGBTQ+ youth suicides. Spirit Day gained widespread support through social media platforms and has its roots in Canada's national dialogue on acceptance and inclusivity. Canadian schools, businesses, organizations, and public figures have actively participated in Spirit Day events, emphasizing the need to spread messages of solidarity and allyship.
Canadians mark Spirit Day on the third Thursday of October, aligning with its international observance. Across the nation, individuals and organizations don purple attire and accessories to demonstrate their support. Events and activities led by various schools, non-profit organizations, and community groups aim to foster conversations about LGBTQ+ issues, challenge misconceptions, and engage in educational initiatives. Spirit Day not only spreads awareness of the struggles faced by LGBTQ+ youth but also provides an opportunity for Canadians to reaffirm their commitment to creating a more inclusive and understanding society.
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Spirit Day references and related siteswww.glaad.org: Spirit Day www.glaad.org: Brittany McMillan www.glsen.org: LGBTQ Statistics