Wearing purple in support of LGBTQ youth

6 teen suicides have catalyzed a movement in support of queer youthWondering what all the royal and lavendar tones are on your Facebook today? It’s in support of LGBTQ youth in the wake of recent suicides.

It’s been decided. On October 20th, 2010, we will wear purple in honor of the 6 gay boys who committed suicide in recent weeks/months due to homophobic abuse in their homes and at their schools. Purple represents Spirit on the LGBTQ flag and that’s exactly what we’d like all of you to have with you: spirit. Please know that times will get better and that you will meet people who will love you and respect you for who you are, no matter your sexuality. Please wear purple on October 20th. Tell your friends, family, co-workers, neighbors and schools. RIP Tyler Clementi, Asher Brown, Seth Walsh, Justin Aaberg, Raymond Chase and Billy Lucas. You are loved.

Unfortunately I’m wearing just about every color other than purple but I stand in solidarity with all youth who struggle with creating their own identity in a system that tries so hard to get teens to conform. Bravo to your bravery. But I’m not the only one standing up.

According to an update from LGBTQ media organization GLAAD, which is spearheading the Spirit Day campaign, E! Online will put all headlines in purple and include a Spirit Day banner on its homepage, while E! News hosts Ryan Seacrest and Giuliana Rancic will wear purple. Fort Worth city councilman Joel Burns will wear purple during his appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, and Seacrest, Khloe Kardashian, Jill Zarin, Alyssa Milano, Darren Hayes, and many more have “gone purple” on Twitter and Facebook.

They even provide quick and easy ways to turn your Facebook and Twitter profiles images purple.

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