Thursday, October 20, 2011

Showing a "Spirit" of support to our LGBT youth

It gets better: we are all worthy of love and support.

Today is "Spirit day" in America - but the ideas that it stands for a global.

The day was started in 2010 by Canadian teenager Brittany McMillant - asking his friends to wear the purple of Spirit from the rainbow flag, as a way to show support for their gay friends and to remember all those gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered teenagers who have been so bullied for being 'different' that they have taken their own lives. 

The event has now also gone virtual, with many supporters turning their profiles and photos purple-for-a-day on social sites like Twitter and Facebook.

Almost every gay person has endured bullying as some point in their life - whether at school, from strangers in the street - sometimes even from family. The very fact that we are still here - alive and strong - *despite* and *in spite* of all that intolerance is testament to the strength of our spirit and Pride in who we are.

But i think it is also a duty for those of us who *have* survived and thrived to do so visibly - to show those who come after us that *all* of us are worthy of love and support - and that all of us *CAN* find love and happiness. 

To be the big gay brothers and sisters to those who are lost and uncertain - and show them that we *can* live happy fulfilling and *equal* lives without shame or guilt. 

So - please - go purple today - wear a badge and be out with pride: let our LGBT youth know that they are loved and supported, and that it really does get better.

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