I wear T-shirts to work every day. So why am I wearing this purple, buttoned shirt? The buttons have no significance, but they help me highlight a special day. It’s October 20. I’m wearing purple for Spirit Day.
A number of gay teenagers committed suicide in September 2010 after being bullied. In response, teenager Brittany McMillan started Spirit Day. It’s as a way to show support for LGBT youth who are bullied and harassed. Wearing purple is a simple gesture, but I hope it sends a message: “You’re important to me. You’re important to a God who loves you.”
Christian involvement in Spirit Day
I learned about Spirit Day because I follow Andrew Marin on Twitter (@MarinFoundation). He shared a blog post calling for Christians to get involved:
It is particularly relevant and important for those in the Christian community to stand against bullying of LGBT youth given the silence that is often heard from Christian groups or their direct opposition to initiatives that seek to specifically educate others and protect youth from being bullied because of their actual or perceived sexual orientation and gender identity.
Don’t forget to dig through your closet!