Join OPSEU's Rainbow Alliance arc-en-ciel in recognizing October 19 as Spirit Day!
Spirit Day speaks out against bullying of LGBTQ youth, many of whom are subject to harassment because of their identities. Canadian teenager Brittany McMillan started Spirit Day in 2010 in response to a rash of widely publicized bullying-related suicides of gay school students — notably Tyler Clementi.
Pledging to "go purple" on Spirit Day is a way for everyone to visibly show solidarity with LGBTQ youth. The name "Spirit Day" comes from the purple stripe of the Rainbow flag. Its creator, Gilbert Baker, defined the colour as "representing spirit."
Some ways to participate include:
- Take the pledge in support of LGBTQ youth and stand against bullying and harassment;
- Learn the facts surrounding Spirit Day;
- Spread the word to friends and family on social media! Join a letter-writing campaign!
- Wear purple on October 19!