It warms my heart to see so many people joining together to show support for LGBT youth that are subjected to bullying and discrimination. As you might recall from my first post, bullying is a personal and emotional topic for me. I also consider myself an enthusiastic ally of the LGBT community and have always felt a kinship with members of the LGBT community that is difficult to explain. I hope that today’s efforts bring about an outpouring of support and media attention (thanks Khloe Kardashian?) to not only the problem of LGBT bullying, but also to the continued efforts of many wonderful organizations and individuals.
My good friend Darrell Tucci, a selfless and generous activist who constantly inspires me, informed me of a simple way to make a difference: donate $20 to buy a Safe Space Kit to be sent to a middle or high school. Their goal is to put one of these kits designed to help educators create a safe space for LGBT youth in every school in the country. I urge you to learn more here and consider buying a kit. In his “It Gets Better” video, Darrell explains how a Safe Space sticker saved his life:
Hopefully most of you by now have heard of the “It Gets Better” campaign, but if you haven’t, I encourage you to go to the Youtube channel and watch videos of LGBT adults telling their stories and giving hope to young LGBT people. Of course there are celebrities telling their stories on there, but I encourage you to take the time to listen to the stories of people from all walk’s of life, and to listen to the NPR article linked below to get a good overview of the project.
It Gets Better Links:
“Many LGBT youth can’t picture what their lives might be like as openly gay adults. They can’t imagine a future for themselves. So let’s show them what our lives are like, let’s show them what the future may hold in store for them…
ItGetsBetterProject.com is a place where young people who are gay, lesbian, bi, or trans can see with their own eyes how love and happiness can be a reality in their future. It’s a place where LGBT adults can share the stories of their lives, and straight allies can add their names in solidarity and help spread our message of hope.”
“The idea behind Spirit Day, first created by teenager Brittany McMillan earlier this month, is a simple one, not dissimilar to the idea of “Spirit Week” held in many high schools, and can be summed up in three words: Everyone Rally Together.
Spirit Day honors the teenagers who had taken their own lives in recent weeks. But just as importantly, it’s also a way to show the hundreds of thousands of LGBT youth who face the same pressures and bullying, that there is a vast community of people who support them.
Purple symbolizes ‘spirit’ on the rainbow flag, a symbol for LGBT Pride that was created by Gilbert Baker in 1978.
As one of the event’s Facebook pages says: ‘This event is not a seminar nor is it a rally. There is NO meeting place. All you have to do is wear purple.’
Wearing purple on October 20 is a simple way to show the world that you stand by these courageous young people and a simple way to stand UP to the bullies. Remember those lives we’ve tragically lost, and show your solidarity with those who are still fighting. ‘Go Purple’ today!”