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 as we work to create a world in which LGBT teens are celebrated and accepted for who they are.
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Show Your Spirit on October 20, 2011! How you can participate in #SpiritDay:
Wear purple Thursday, October 20! Go purple online today through October 20!
Facebook pic:Â Click here to create a purple version of your Facebook profile pic – Then look for the purple photo in a new photo album called “Twibbons,” click on the purple photo, and click “Make Profile Picture.”Â Works best on square profile pictures.
Facebook status: I’m wearing purple October 20th to support LGBT youth – make your profile pic purple for Spirit Day atÂ http://glaad.org/spiritday
Facebook event: RSVP to this event and invite friends!
Facebook timelines: Download this cover photo for the newÂ Facebook timeline.
Twitter pic:Â Click here to turn your Twitter profile pic purple
Twitter status: click here to post this tweet: I’m wearing purple to end anti-LGBT bullying – make your profile pic purple Oct 20 #SpiritDayÂ http://twb.ly/brKAjY
Need help turning your pictures purple? GLAAD has developed an iPhone application to do just that! This app will allow you to take a picture or select one from your camera roll and make it purple on your iPhone. You can then upload that image to show your support for Spirit Day!Â Download our Purple your Picture for Spirit application in the iTunes Application store to get started.
You can also download thisÂ Spirit Day graphic to use on your profiles.
If you don’t have a smartphone, go toÂ www.picnik.com/app#/edit/effects, upload a photo, chooseÂ Tint on the left sidebar, select a shade of purple, and click Apply. Then click on theÂ Save & Share tab, save to your computer, and upload the photos to Google+ or another site.
Participants in Spirit Day 2011
Check out the confirmed participants!
- Organizational Partners
- Entertainers, Performers, and Celebrities
- Media Partners
- Corporate Partners
- Faith Partners
- Schools, GSAs, and Colleges
Learn more about Spirit Day
- FIND OUT MORE! Check out ourÂ Get Involved page for more information!
- See who is participating this year!
- Learn more aboutÂ what Spirit Day is all about
- See what happenedÂ last year on Spirit Day
- Celebs And Corporations Are Waving Their Spirit Fingers For #SpiritDay! (perezhilton.com)
- Is Facebook ‘Going Gay’ or Honoring Spirit Day? (bilerico.com)
- Spirit Day, October 20 (kcareyinfante.com)
- Wear Purple to Support LGBT & Bullying on Spirit Day (997now.radio.com)
- Why Facebook, Yahoo & others are celebrating LGBT Spirit Day (venturebeat.com)
- Are You ‘Going Purple’ Against Bullying for Spirit Day on Thursday? (pamshouseblend.firedoglake.com)
- Millions expected to dress in purple, in person and online, for Spirit Day (releasedorothy.wordpress.com)
- Put on Some Purple For Spirit Day (bellasugar.com)
- Why Did GLAAD Pick Purple As The Color To Wear For Spirit Day? (queerty.com)