I will be wearing Purple on October 20, 2010

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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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5 Responses to I will be wearing Purple on October 20, 2010

  1. Mahalia says:

    While it will be hard to top that purple outfit, i will wear purple on Wednesday. The RIP list from my facebook source is longer (maybe the Canadian teens weren’t on your list?). Here are some more teens who committed suicide for reasons related to homophobic bullying: Cody J. Barker, Harrison Chase Brown, Caleb Nolt, Jeanine Blanchette, and Chantal Dube

  2. Betty says:

    Lovely, haunting post, Rosie darling. xoxoxo B

  3. dearrosie says:

    Thanks to the reader who told me about Keshet, a national organization that works for the full inclusion of GLBT Jews, and has launched a campaign called, “Do Not Stand Idly By: A Jewish Community Pledge to Save Lives.”

    http://jewishcommunitypledge.org/

  4. dearrosie says:

    I didn’t know that kids whose parents are GLBT, are bullied, teased, and harassed at school.

    COLAGE is a national movement for children with LGBTQ parents. http://www.colage.org/index.html

    A new book ,”Let’s Get This Straight: The Ultimate Handbook for People with LGBTQ Parents” is a great resource

  5. Boris says:

    I’ll wear purple on Wednesday to honor all the gay teenagers who took their own lives as well as to remind myself of the silent wreckage of lives lived, crushed and taken in the name of homophobic intolerance. Annie Proulx’s story “Brokeback Mountain” stands as my generation’s epitaph to the suicidal suffocation of the human spirit.

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