Purple Is The Color Of The Day!

The color purple may have flooded your timelines today in honor of Spirit Day, which is an annual effort to turn social media purple to raise awareness of bullied LGBT youth.

Emily Hagenbaugh
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October 15th, 20125 is spirit day! And what are people wearing this day? Purple! But why? Well, let me give you the low down.

Today people are wearing the color purple. Why? Because it’s spirit day! But that’s not all. It’s also a day to help out the LGBT community. See, bullying is a serious issue. One we need to address and take care of. Abusive behavior is not acceptable nor should be tolerated. No one has the right to hurt you or others no matter their beliefs, ideals, or whatever. If someone’s hurting you for just being you, they have no right and you need to do something about it. Believe it or not, there are people out there that will help you. You just need to speak up.

Bullying in the LGBT community has always been an issue but is rapidly getting worse. It’s to the point where people especially kids and teens feel the need to end it all just to escape the pain.

It makes me sad to hear it every time it happens. But what can we do to help? Showing tolerance is a great way to start. Even if you don’t agree or support the “lifestyle”, showing tolerance can tell a person that it’s okay to be themselves. That’s what most people want. To be themselves without judgement or fear from others.

Showing tolerance is a great and big step in helping. If you don’t mind them at all, showing any support is great! If you love all no matter who they are, doing anything, and I mean anything from supporting to being someone’s friend, would be awesome. But that not all, there’s also rumors and hate pages everywhere.

Social media and the internet is a big influence on our generation and social media is how things spread. By reporting and taking down the pages and stopping the rumors would really help. We need to learn to stop letting our beliefs blind us, our differences get ahead of us, and judgement getting to the best of us. If we can learn to tolerate instead of generating hate, we can make the world better.

One person can’t do this alone. If we can learn to set aside our differences, fears, beliefs, ideals, or what have you and show others we care, I can see a day where the world becomes a better place for everyone.

So guys and gals what can we do to stop bullying of any type? We can start by spreading love, not hate.

Celebrities like Caitlyn Jenner and Ellen DeGeneres have tweeted and posted photos on Instagram showing support of this great cause.