The youth are simultaneously our most resilient and vulnerable in situations of oppression. With initiatives like Spirit Day, influential entities are making the world a safer place for LGBTQ+ kids.
Spirit Day is an LGBTQ awareness day that’s observed the third Thursday in October. Promoted by GLAAD, observers wear purple as a sign of support for LGBTQ youth, to stand in solidarity during National Bullying Prevention Month, and to honor LGBTQ victims of suicide.
According to GLAAD, 85.2% of LGBTQ+ students report being verbally harassed, and 63.5% of LGBTQ students report hearing homophobic remarks from teachers or other school staff because of their gender expression.
Some of the organizations that have teamed up with GLAAD for this important day include NBA, WNBA, and NFL.
While not an official partner, MLB has also expressed its support for the cause.
With tragic incidents such as Abel Cedeno’s ordeal, bullying of LGBTQ+ youth is a major issue. Students and teachers need inclusive training and programming to put a stop to homophobia in the classroom.