Spirit Day Celebrated by wearing PurpleBy Jayita, Gaea News Network
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Today is Spirit Day. “Spirit Day” is observed to show honor to those six gay people, who committed suicide few months back due to harassment about their sexual orientation.
Spirit Day is celebrated by wearing purple dresses as purple symbolizes “spirit” on the rainbow flag.
The flag was created by Gilbert Baker in 1978 as a symbol for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT).
As reported by Facebook, more than one million people will be participating in Spirit Day. Among them some students and faculty of North Shore Community College (NSCC) will be present.
NSCC Marketing and Public Relations staff Nancy Barker has taken initiatives to encourage the faculty members about the occasion and invited them to participate.
An electronic bulletin has been sent to the faculty, Barker says. NSCC students, clad in purple are all set to join the event.
However, Jarrett Barrios, president of the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation in Massachusetts, will also be wearing the symbolic color.
“The tragic suicides of our youth have started an important dialogue among Americans about the dangers of bullying,” said Barrios.
Now is the time to show our children that millions of Americans accept and value them regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
Although Spirit Day marks the tragic ends of six lives, it teach us a valuable lesson of life: We should love and respect people irrespective of their sexual orientation.
Wish you all a Happy Spirit Day.