Thursday, October 20, 2011


 Yes I just hashtagged my blog title. :)

So, in case you were unaware, today is Spirit Day.
And in case you don't know what Spirit Day is, it is a day that we as a community get together and raise awareness and show support against anti-gay (LGBT) bullying by wearing purple. And, this year, by "purpling" your Twitter or Facebook photos. (here). And, of course, share the meaning of the day through those same sites, or on your blog, if you so choose. If you want to know more about Spirit Day, GLAAD has some interesting articles regarding the meaning  behind the day, which you can find here

I just wanted to take the time today to share this with everyone, and let as many people know about today as I could. I'm not trying to throw anything in anyone's face, I just think it is important to raise awareness and stand up for one's beliefs in any way that you can, so that's what I'm doing here. 

This day is very close to my heart. I have, and have really always had, a lot of gay friends. And I have seen some of the things that some of them have had to go through because of it. And it's not okay. It's not okay to treat someone bad because you think there is something wrong with the way that they live their life. I myself was the brunt of a lot of lesbian "jokes" when I was in high school, simply because my best friend happened to be a lesbian. I'm not the person to let those kinds of things get to me, and I'm straight, so it wasn't really a big deal for me, at the time. But, when I look back on it now, I think how awful it would have been for me if I wasn't straight. I can't imagine being penalized to such an extent for who I am. I've never had to face discrimination of any kind, that was aimed at me personally. And this is my way of trying to empathize with those types of situations. I think it is important that we stand together as a society and rise above the hate, and the ignorance, that causes people to act out in mean, hurtful, and violent ways against people, for no reason other than they do not understand them. 

It is important that we realize what our words can do to a person, and the consequences of our actions. 
So that's my PSA for the day.
Have a great Thursday everyone.
And don't forget to where your purple!!! :)


Holly said...

Wow, I didn't know Spirit Day even existed. :(

NeuroticLover said...

I think a lot of people don't. Which is why I did this post. If I can raise awareness to just one more person, than it was definitely worth the time it took to write it!! :)