Not only is it LGBT History Month, Oct. 15 is a very special day for the LGBT community: Spirit Day.
It is a day to wear purple to show your support in standing up against the bullying and harassment LGBT youth face every day. It was created in 2010 and is promoted by GLAAD, an LGBT media outlet that “tackles tough issues to shape the narrative and provoke dialogue that leads to cultural change,” according to their website.
The National Survey on LGBTQ Youth Mental Health 2020 conducted by The Trevor Project shows that:
- 40% of LGBT respondents considered attempting suicide in the past 12 months, with more than half of transgender and nonbinary youth having considered suicide
- 48% of LGBT youth reported engaging in self-harm in the past 12 months, including over 60% of transgender and nonbinary youth
- 1 in 3 LGBT youth reported that they had been physically threatened or harmed in their lifetime due to their LGBT identity
“This #SpiritDay — and every day — we must stand up to hate and intolerance,” Former Vice President Joe Biden tweets. “It’s up to all of us to ensure every young person is affirmed and accepted just as they are — regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or expression.”