Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Support For Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Teens -- Facebook Goes Purple for Spirit Day, By Ki Mae Heussner, October 29, 2010 – ABC News

Facebook Users Wear Purple Oct. 20 for Spirit Day,
Stand Up Against Anti-LGBT Cyberbullying

Purple is the color of choice on Facebook today, as millions of users show their support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender teens.

Answering the call from the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) to "wear purple on Oct. 20 for Spirit Day," Facebook fans around the world changed their status messages, created purple versions of their profile pictures, joined Facebook groups and more.

"By wearing purple online and offline today, millions of Americans are sending an important message to let gay and lesbian youth know that they are supported for being exactly who they are," GLAAD President Jarrett Barrios said.

Oct. 20 was designated Spirit Day by Canadian teenager Brittany McMillan to honor the teenagers who recently committed suicide after anti-LGBT bullying online, according to GLAAD.
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