Spirit Day if you don’t know, is a movement to wear purple annually on October 17th to raise awareness of LGBT+ youth being bullied. The name comes from the purple stripe of the rainbow flag which represents spirit. It originally started on October 20th, 2010.
I consider myself lucky in a way that I was not bullied for being gay. I was still in the ‘feeling out’ stages when I was in school, so I pretty much shoved myself into the deepest, darkest, dustiest part of the closet to avoid any of it. I dealt with enough bullying as a child for my disability, I didn’t feel like dealing with it all again.
I’m well aware that it happens a lot more now than when I was attending school and it really, for the lack of a better word, blows.
I’m doing my part by wearing purple.
There’s a hell of a lot of other things that you could do besides that, though, Volunteer, give to GLAAD and The Trevor Project [or your local LGBT+ youth / adult organization if you’re outside of the US.]
Sometimes it’s as simple as “I’m not going to stand by and let this person bully this other person.”
It’s going to get better, and you should be alive to witness it.