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What’s with all the purple? It’s Spirit Day, and it’s not too late to get involved.

In 2010, high schooler Brittany McMillan organized the first Spirit Day, a way for allies to stand up to LGBT bullying.

She teamed up with LGBT media advocacy group GLAAD to help spread the word, urging people to show solidarity with LGBT youth and send an anti-bullying message by wearing purple on a specific date in October. Since its founding, Spirit Day which is now an annual event on the third Thursday in October has become an international movement celebrated by millions of people around the world.

But c’mon, it’s not like it’s that hard being an LGBT student these days, right? Well…

More than half of LGBT students feel unsafe at school because of their sexual orientation. Nearly 75% of these students have been verbally harassed, and 36% have been physically harassed for being LGBT.

Getting called anti-LGBT slurs can take a real toll on someone. GIFs via GLAAD.

And sometimes, it’s easy to feel like you’re all alone in the world.

But that’s just kids being kids, right? Surely teachers and school staff have their backs, right? Not really.

“It’s a Christian school. The teacher didn’t care, and even told kids to watch out for me because she thought I would turn them gay,” an Alabama high school senior told GLSEN in the survey.

More than 60% of the time, school staff ignored reports of anti-LGBT harassment by students. The harasser received any form of punishment only less than 20% of the time. Most disturbingly, in roughly 10% of reports, the student doing the reporting was the one disciplined. (WTF?)

Solidarity! Support!

Interested in learning how you can be a part of Spirit Day? Visit GLAAD’s website or watch the video below.

Read more: http://www.upworthy.com/whats-with-all-the-purple-its-spirit-day-and-its-not-too-late-to-get-involved?c=

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