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Today, millions of Americans are wearing purple to support lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth for GLAAD Spirit Day. Wearing purple today is also a way to commemorate the lives of LGBT teens lost in suicide and to take a stand against bullying.

GLAAD Spirit Day started in 2010 when a teenager created a Facebook event for wearing purple on October 20 to show support for her LGBT friends. GLAAD got involved by spreading the word about the event to the press, and Spirit Day was born. Purple represents “spirit” on the rainbow flag, and you can show your support for LGBT youth simply by wearing purple and changing your profile pictures on Facebook and Twitter to purple, using GLAAD’s handy app. You can also tweet about Spirit Day using the #spiritday hashtag and share this post on Facebook to encourage your friends and family to participate.

This day is a reminder of what we can all do to combat bullying in our everyday lives. There are many ways you can get involved, including supporting or volunteering with organizations like GLAAD, The Trevor Project, and local mentorship groups like Life Works in Los Angeles.

Most importantly, you can combat bullying by teaching your kids compassion and tolerance.

How do you plan to celebrate Spirit Day?

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