What better way to follow up National Coming Out Day than with #SpiritDay this Friday, October 19! Get your wardrobe ready and join us in painting the
town world purple to say “buh-bye” to hate and discrimination and show your spirit in the name of acceptance and equality.
This violet movement was first created by Canadian teenager Brittany McMillan to raise awareness about LGBT-targeted bullying — an example of how one idea can blossom into a much bigger movement. And sometimes we think we are too “little” to make a difference… Pfft. Puhh-lease.
Along with Brittany, there are some other incredible Spirit Day ambassadors:
+ Katy Butler: Katy is an ambassador as well as an anti-bullying advocate who recently launched a petition calling on President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney to go purple on #SpiritDay. Think they will accept the challenge? Prior to this, she advocated for the MPAA to lower the “R” rating on “Bully” movie to a “PG-13″ rating by gathering nearly half a million people to sign a petition. Oh and NBD, she’s only 17 years old.
+ Zach Wahls: Many may remember straight ally Zach Wahls from his viral video where he spoke to a committee on why Iowa should not ban gay marriage. Totes one for the history books! Since this video he has sky-rocketed to full blown activist, penned a book, “My Two Moms,” and even spoke at the 2012 Democratic National Convention. Watch his video gone viral below:
+ Jennifer Tyrell: You may of heard by now that the Boy Scouts of America doesn’t allow LGBT scouts or leaders (boo!) and Jennifer experienced this firsthand — due to her sexuality, she was kicked out from being a leader. We’re happy to see her as an ambassador of Spirit Day because to us she is most definitely a leader.
Now I know we only mentioned a few, but there are many other ambassadors on board for #SpiritDay, from Shay Mitchell to Shaquille O’Neal. So join us and them this Friday in going purple! You in? Take action and pledge below.