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Wear Purple On October 20 To Oppose Bullying Of Homosexuals

It began here, but there’s no real center of organization for the “Spirit Day” event that will take place on October 20. Friends are telling friends, who are making announcements seen by strangers who tell the people they know.

So, the word is spreading that October 20 is a day when Americans will wear purple in order to signify their opposition to the bullying of homosexuals. I’m putting it on my calendar, and I’m looking forward to it, because I don’t have any purple shirts, and this will be an excuse for me to buy a new one.

Now, where can I get a purple shirt? Who sells purple shirts?

Oh, right. We do. This one’s made by American Apparel, right here in the U.S.A.

Mama don’t allow no bullies round here.

17 comments to Wear Purple On October 20 To Oppose Bullying Of Homosexuals

  • Jim

    This is a good idea, and crucial for kids to get the message that beating up and hounding other kids because of their real or perceived sexual orientation is unacceptable. I’ve set up a gallery with various purple shirts and other topically themed shirts on the subject — some made by us, some not. It’s a bit of a tight deadline this year if you want to wear a purple shirt by October 20 and don’t have one, but there’s always next year.

  • Hi all! I love this shirt. Seriously, love it. And I don’t wear t-shirts as a general rule.

    But I’m in Victoria, BC Canada, off to Vancouver on Tuesday, and then depart early Wednesday morning for the Austin FIlm Festival. What are the chances I can receive the shirt before I depart? When I click on the shopping cart it says International will ship arrive on Oct 25th, but I’m thinking that means really international, not just up a few kms from the USA.

    Please let me know asap. Thanks so much!

    • I want to tell you that it’s going to get there ok, but I don’t want you to be disappointed, and I can’t give you a certain answer because I don’t work for Skreened, the direct USA maker of the t-shirt. Could you have the shirt sent to a place you know on the American side of the border? I’d feel more comfortable about that, though I do think it would probably get to you on time in Canada.

  • Thanks for your speedy reply! Really appreciate it. I’ll see what I can do :-)

  • budakdusun

    never heard of this but i think this is such a great idea!

  • Denise Colon'

    I think that no one should be bullying anyone no matter their race or sexually. Let people be who they are, whether or not they’re gay or straight black or white. We leave in the same world so why not get along? Don’t hate or harm them because they’re different from you. If they harmed you talk it out don’t harm them back. I for one will be wearing purple on October 20, 2010 to Oppose The Bullying of Homosexuals. Who else will join me?

    • Anonymous

      I’m a Bisexual High Schooler and life’s hard for the Gays, Lezbians, and Bisexual kids here and me and a bunch of my friends are wearing purple on October 20

  • I’ll be wearing purple too. I got invited to this on Facebook.

    • HareTrinity

      Me too!

      Let’s hope victims of bullying (past and present) take strength from this movement! I do (bullying was a terrible and frequent experience for me in school and it feels like progress to see more people taking it seriously).

  • Brew

    My 16 yr. old daughter Brittany McMillan from Surrey British Columbia came up with this idea after reading about so many tragedies. I am very proud of her and hope this message goes around the world and gets the message out that we will not stand for bullying homosexuals any more.

    Please help her spread the word.

    • HareTrinity

      It’s a great idea! Hate Crimes are now generally society’s way of showing disapproval for those types of attitudes, but it’s about time we really let under-18s know that it’s the case. I’d like to think that it also helps people who are victims of bullying for non-sexuality reasons (ethnicity, religion, disability, just being a loner, etc).

      • Suki

        RE: just being a loner

        I was a natural loner, often “first in class”, and of a mixed heritage that people used to say they’ve “never heard of”…and my bullies were intent on these layered aspects of me. My worst bullied periods where in primary school 3, 5, 6 and class 2 and in each year, I had either changed school or skipped a year to join (adults around me recommended this as I was often seen as being held back by the class)…I am now 33 and I still remember every one of those attacks with the vividness of seeing a wound for the first time.

        Bravehearted, I faced them but I grew up fast. I never allowed those namecallers to take away my wonderment and joy. Not a lot of kids can find this inner strength easily. Thrice in my life at 9, 13 and 15, I have attempted suicide. But I was also outraged that some people would prefer I don’t exist simply because I was a “weird”, “dorky” “halfchink”.

        I want to let the kids know that IT GETS BETTER and you will have more beauty, joy and magic as you grow.

        love,

        xx

  • Lime&Lemon

    I usually wear purple, but will wear extra purple on Wednesday. Great idea, BTW!

  • Suki

    I was a natural loner, often “first in class”, and of a mixed heritage that people used to say they’ve “never heard of”…and my bullies were intent on these layered aspects of me. My worst bullied periods where in primary school 3, 5, 6 and class 2 and in each year, I had either changed school or skipped a year to join (adults around me recommended this as I was often seen as being held back by the class)…I am now 33 and I still remember every one of those attacks with the vividness of seeing a wound for the first time.

    Bravehearted, I faced them but I grew up fast. I never allowed those namecallers to take away my wonderment and joy. Not a lot of kids can find this inner strength easily. Thrice in my life at 9, 13 and 15, I have attempted suicide. But I was also outraged that some people would prefer I don’t exist simply because I was a “weird”, “dorky” “halfchink”.

    I want to let the kids know that IT GETS BETTER and you will have more beauty, joy and magic as you grow.

    love,

    xx

  • antibully :)

    We did think beople of mgc did this :) so the turn out wasnt that big but . well get there oneday :)

  • balanced

    Bullying of any kind is a cowardly deed. Why limit it to a special interest group like homosexuals? That’s too narrow-minded.
    I’m for balance in our society and for being inclusive. No bullying whatsoever should be tolerated

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