Millions of Americans wear purple on Spirit Day as a sign of support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth and to speak out against bullying. Spirit Day was started in 2010 by teenager Brittany McMillan as a response to the young people who had taken their own lives. Observed annually on October 20, individuals, schools, organizations, corporations, media professionals and celebrities wear purple, which symbolizes spirit on the rainbow flag. Getting involved is easy -- participants are asked to simply "go purple" on October 20.
Here's more info on Spirit Day from the folks at GLAAD.
And remember, if you or someone you know is in crisis, there's someone to talk to 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year (366 days in leap year) at the Trevor Project lifeline, 1-866-4-U-TREVOR (1-866-488-7386).
It does get better - you get stronger, and our world is changing. And one way things are getting better is that days like this happen.
So wear purple with me, won't you?