National Spirit Day

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WHAT IS SPIRIT DAY? 

Spirit Day is a means of speaking out against LGBTQ bullying and standing with LGBTQ youth, who disproportionately face bullying and harassment because of their identities. Pledging to "go purple" on Spirit Day is a way for everyone — forward-thinking companies, global leaders, respected celebrities, neighbors, parents, classmates, and friends — to visibly show solidarity with LGBTQ youth and to take part in the largest, most visible anti-bullying campaign in the world.

WHY IT MATTERS:

  • 85.2%of LGBTQ students report being verbally harassed
  • 63.5%of LGBTQ students report hearing homophobic remarks from teachers and/or school staff because of their gender expression
  • 57.6%of LGBTQ students did not report experiences of bullying because they doubted an intervention
  • 57.6%of LGBTQ students feel unsafe at school because of their sexual orientation
  • 48.6%of LGBTQ students have experienced cyberbullying
  • 63.5%of LGBTQ students who did report an incident said that school staff did nothing in response or told the student to ignore it

HOW TO PARTICIPATE?

  1. Take a pledge
  2. Learn the facts
  3. Spread the Word
  4. Wear purple on Oct 19
  5. Donate