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Spirit Day: White House Goes Purple To Show Support For LGBT Youth

by David Badash on October 20, 2011

in Civil Rights,Discrimination,News,Politics

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Today President Barack Obama’s White House went purple to show support for Spirit Day, a day for honoring lesbian, gay, and transgender (LGBT) youth and to speak out against bullying. The official White House Twitter and Facebook accounts went purple, and the White House posted a blog entry recognizing the importance of Spirit Day.

If you visit Facebook today, or Twitter, or Tumblr, there’s a good chance you’ll be seeing purple.

October 20th is Spirit Day — a celebration begun one year ago by a teenager named Brittany McMillan to honor the memory of young people who have taken their lives after being bullied.

It has become a day when people all over the world wear purple to show support for LGBT people and speak out against the bullying of LGBT teens.

In 2010, millions participated.

This year, the White House is going purple on Facebook, as well. You can also join the celebration by making your social networking icon purple, or just adding a statetment of support.

And October 20th is also a day to remember that it does get better.

The blog entry also included the It Gets Better videos from President Obama, Vice President Biden, and from the White House staff.

Last year, Secretary of State Clinton donned purple in honor of Spirit Day. No word yet on this year, but we do have video of Clinton today in a teal-ish suit…

And in case you’re eagle-eyeing the White House Twitter account, no, they’re not following me on Twitter… Their loss! (Of course, you can!)

And there’s still time to join Spirit Day. Head over to our friends at GLAAD to learn how to go purple!

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{ 11 comments }

MrXorn October 20, 2011 at 5:50 pm

Because it was the absolute LEAST they could do.

DarthEVaderCheney October 21, 2011 at 10:29 am

DON'T bite the hand that feeds you! The process is very complicated… just observe the progress the GLBT community has made in the last 40 years. This was no mistake!

Bill_Perdue October 21, 2011 at 10:46 am

The hand that feeds you is the hand of a bigot who opposes same sex marraige.

DarthEVaderCheney October 21, 2011 at 11:16 am

Then your hand feeds me exceedingly well, lolol. You're welcome!

Bill_Perdue October 21, 2011 at 11:25 am

That's not rational.

MrXorn October 21, 2011 at 2:07 pm

So I'm supposed to patiently wait another 40 years so I can marry who I want, not be looked over for employment, or even walk down the street safely? By that time I will be dead, either of old age or a truck full of good ol' boys. Bite the hand that feeds me? Sorry, but I wasn't even invited to the table.

DarthEVaderCheney October 21, 2011 at 3:30 pm

Please understand that myhandlename is completely fakey. My take on gay marriage is that it will get better exceedingly faster than both of us realize. 40 years more? NEVER! Six states, one city, and 2-4 more states in the process… this looks good! Best wishes to you and your partner, and may wedding bells come to you quickly!
Dakotahgeo, M.Div. Pastor/Chaplain

Bill_Perdue October 21, 2011 at 7:33 am

If they were serious they would have passed ENDA and repealed Bill Clintons DOMA.

They're not seious. Obama and large numbers of Democrats in Congress are in fact bigots because they oppose same sex marriage or pander to the cults and megacults who control so many votes.

Democrat bigotry differs from Republican bigotry only in the sense that Republicans don't lie about it. They'll call us faggots, dyke or trannies to our face, while Democrats, ever so politically correct and polite, wait until we've left the room.

DarthEVaderCheney October 21, 2011 at 3:26 pm

It's not meant to be, silly man!

Bill_Perdue October 21, 2011 at 3:35 pm

I have idea how to deal with your irrationality.

DarthEVaderCheney October 21, 2011 at 3:40 pm

Ahhhhhhhhh….okay. (I think Bill left us with an incomplete sentence, folks. Was that on purpose, Bill?)

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