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To honor the memory of the gay teenagers who committed suicide after being teased, taunted or outed at school, a teenage girl from Canada, Brittany McMillan has asked us to wear Purple on October 20, 2010.
Why purple? Brittany said:
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.
Do you wonder who’s to blame for the suicides? Negligent school administrators? Uncaring teachers? Classmates who bully? Right-wing politicians? Hate groups that perpetuate anti-gay prejudice? Christian churches? The teenagers own families?
All of us.
In addition to remembering the lives lost, I hope Spirit Day will raise awareness of the bullying and lifetime of pain some LGBT (Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender) people live with all their lives, and finally put a stop to it.
Rest in Peace
Justin Aaberg, Asher Brown, Raymond Chase, Tyler Clementi, Billy Lucas, and Seth Walsh.
You are not forgotten.
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