It is customary to celebrate Spirit Day on the third Thursday in October, which falls on October 20 this year. The purpose of this day is to raise awareness of the bullying and harassment that members of the LGBT community endure. There are millions of LGBT people in the world, and many more have not come out publicly. The sexual orientation of such a wide group of people shouldn’t cause them to feel excluded or marginalized. But regrettably, it is the case in practice. L.G.B.T.Q. youths face harassment everywhere they go because of who they are. Transgender people need to have more rights that are safeguarded.
The origins of Spirit Day
The inaugural Spirit Day event was held on October 20, 2010, thanks to her perseverance and hard effort. In response to defamatory coverage of L.G.B.T.Q. individuals, GLAAD, an American non-governmental media monitoring organization, was created. Her post went viral online and caught their notice. The organization and promotion of the day are now handled by GLAAD, which also offers Spirit Day resource packs to help ally youths fight bullying in their own schools.
It has increased in prominence and appeal throughout time. Millions of people currently take part in it, including organizations like media outlets, sports teams, corporations, and schools. Those who participate in Spirit Day also don purple to encourage L.G.B.T.Q. youth and pay tribute to the area’s suicide victims.
Where did the concept originate?
A remarkable adolescent wanted to stand up against bullying and pay tribute to the children who died by suicide.
Who takes part?
Students, educators, groups, businesses, media experts, public figures, parents, and many others. Everyone has dressed in purple for Spirit Day, including Oprah, Cher, Facebook, and MTV. The White House even supported the campaign!
The purple stripe of the rainbow pride flag, which according to flag designer Gilbert Baker indicates “spirit,” is where the name “Spirit Day” originates.
Activities For Spirit Day
- Attend a march for Spirit Day
Show your support for the L.G.B.T.Q community by participating in a local Spirit Day parade. If there isn’t one going on in your community, you may host one and invite friends and family. To reach a larger audience, publicize the march on social media.
- Support a friend you know
Being a friend’s safe haven at this time is a terrific idea. Post on social media that you are willing and available to listen to people and offer them emotional support.
- Supporter of LGBT rights
People who identify as LGBT+ are frequently violated. All they want is to understand one another and not be harassed or treated unfairly.
Why We Appreciate Spirit Day
- Love is Love
Nobody should tell someone who to love or not to love. There is no manual for love; it is a human emotion that comes from the heart. Because they don’t fall into a particular stereotype, people who love people of the same gender shouldn’t be subjected to bullying.
- LGBTQ individuals are people
The L.G.B.T.Q. community consists of individuals who, like us, get up every day, go to work, and strive to lead dignified lives. The least people can do is help L.G.B.T.Q. people and demonstrate compassion for them in a hostile society.
- Justice for all
Although we all assert that we live in a free and just society, LGBTQ persons, unfortunately, do not. It is really against the law to love someone who is the same gender in many nations. Everyone must be treated equally in order for society to fully grow and allow for respectful living.