(CBS) -- This Thursday, October 17th is Spirit Day.
Observed annually since 2010, individuals, schools, organizations, corporations, and public figures wear purple, which symbolizes ‘spirit’ on the rainbow flag. Millions of people wear purple on Spirit Day to stand up against bullying and show support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth.
Other ways to get involved include going purple online – change your profile pictures purple using the “Go Purple for #SpiritDay App” and share pictures and stories while using the hashtag #SpiritDay.
What is Spirit Day?
An annual day held on the third thursday of October when millions of Americans wear purple to speak out against bullying and to show their support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth.
Where did the idea come from?
An amazing teenager named Brittany McMillan wanted to remember those young people who lost their lives to suicide and to take a stand against bullying.
Students, schools, organizations, corporations, media professionals, celebrities, parents and many more. Everyone from Oprah to Cher to Facebook and MTV have gone purple for Spirit Day. Even the White House joined the cause! Check out this year’s Spirit Day Ambassadors.
How do I get involved?
It’s easy! Simply take the pledge to “go purple” on October 17th as we work to create a world in which LGBT teens are celebrated and accepted for who they are. You can also download our Spirit Day resource kit, which has ways you can turn your community purple. Spirit Day participants can also spread the word and tell their friends that they’re standing up against bullying.
Learn more about Spirit Day at glaad.org.