Purple sparks are everywhere honoring Spirit Day & LGBTQ youth. 2019 marks the 10th anniversary of the annual awareness day.  It began in 2010 as a response to high-profile bullying-related suicides of gay schoolers. Spirit Day is held annually on the third Thursday of every October during National Bullying Prevention Month. Purple is the color as it symbolizes spirit on the rainbow flag.

purple sparks everywhere honoring Spirit Day & LGBTQ Youth
Stats via GLSEN’s 2017 National School Climate Survey

Spirit Day is a means of speaking out against LGBTQ bullying and standing with LGBTQ youth, who disproportionately face bullying and harassment because of their identities. It started nine years ago by teenager Brittany McMillan who wanted to remember the young people who lost their lives to bullying-related suicides and to take a stand against bullying. Today, forward-thinking companies, global leaders, celebrities, media outlets, neighbors, parents, classmates, and friends visibly show solidarity with LGBTQ youth by participating in what is billed as the largest, most visible anti-bullying campaign in the world.

October is truly the month of Socially Sparked® colors. Fall leaves turn magnificent shades and the awareness initiatives’s designated days during this month request specific colors to show support.  Today is Go Purple Day to show your support for LGBTQ Youth and Spirit Day. Purple sparks are everwhere honoring Spirit Day & LGBTQ Youth! — We are forever Socially Sparked!  — Tweet @sosparkednews