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Not trying to offend anyone or spark any debates, but I just wanted to spread the word about this event (even though it's already mid-day here and getting later in the day in most places, lol)


You may or may not have heard about the recent suicides related to anti-gay bullying in schools. I think there have been about 8 gay teens in the news within just the last couple of months.

A movement began and spread on Tumblr and Facebook, urging everyone to wear purple today, on October 20th, as a show of support against anti-LGBT bullying.

You can see the Facebook event here: Welcome to Facebook


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for sure wearing purple today!
 

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I hadn't heard about that. I would wear purple except I don't have any :sad:. My thoughts will be purple today though. I dispise bullies.
 

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Aww, thank you guys so much for the suppport =)
 

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I wore purple yesterday!

It was spirt week at my school and many people opted to wear purple instead of wacky wednesday!
 

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I only found out about the purple day yesterday in school so I didn't get a chance to wear any :( And its soo sad about all the suicides...
 

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I wondered why all the teachers were wearing purple today. I guess I know now.
 

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It's amazing to hear about the success this event has had =)
This kind of thing really does make a difference. I'm willing to bet it's saved a decent share of lives, when people look around and see how many people support them.
So glad to hear of members here supporting =)
 

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I have purple, but I wont wear it. The Billy kid, I knew him on a different forum. He was bullied to death. Weather or not he was gay is irrelevant(they have no proof that he was, except for a few "***" comments made by his school mates). Gay kids are NOT the only ones who get bullied to death, but the media has chosen to speak up about the few 6 student who were, because gays feel they dont have enough ecceptence in the world. What about the other kids? I will not stand up for gay rights. I will however stand up against bullies, and the 'pick and choose' media that use the poor kids to make a political satement. If a kid is being a bully, he/she needs to be punished, if the the kid bullies someone to death, they should go to prision, along with the irrisponsible parents of said bully. The last thing that needs to happen is gay rights exstremist using the situation to help themselves. Who is standing up for the non gay kids who got bullied to death?
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Umm...
Anti Bullying Week 2010
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Well, I'm going to go ahead and try to ignore the rudeness behind that comment and continue.
The problem is that the absolute most common type of bullying in schools is gay-related, whether it is directed towards gays or not. The point of Spirit Day is to stomp out ALL anti-gay bullying. It is something that hurts everyone.
The fact of the matter is that gays are one of the actual entire groups of people who are very, very commonly singled out and bullied. Becuase of that, this cause does deserve its ONE little day on the side, because anti-gay bullying is very common.
General bullying has an entire week, and for a good reason. We have only a single day, for a good reason. I am very tired of hearing people complain about it, because this is a legitimate issue.
 

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I agree! And science HAS proven that bullied gay people are more likely than non gay people being bullied to commit suicide.

And Do you have a problem with gay people?
 

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'***' is a pretty common insult and is used against gays and non gays.
People who think that asking for a day where you wear a colour are extremists are off their rocker. This isn't saying gay people > straight people. Or that gays who get bullied are worth paying attention more than straights who are bullied.

I think you missed the point.

On that note. I'm glad that this, the It Gets Better Campaign, etc are getting so much attention. BOTH of these things apply to straight kids, not just us queers. It just happens to have been a bunch of gay kids who keep getting bullied to death. The message is against homophobia, but also bullying for ANY reason. The fact is we want kids to stay alive and we want them to know that highschool isnt the rest of your life and even if you don't know them, people are out there to support you.


Wanted to Add: Any "special treatment" for gay kids, is stemming from the current political climate. On TV you're seeing progresssion but also a lot of hate mongering. Kids at young ages may not realize that this isnt how everyone thinks. So wearing some purple is a good way to show that there are people who support you, not just extremists (of any sort).
I still stand by that theses movements benefit anyone who is not lgbt as well, but this is also a factor if you think there is some sort of preferential treatment.

That being said, the political climate is also currently heavily laden with Islamaphobia and although we are still at a stage where I don't see there being any media coverage of movements to support non-extremists muslims (and tear down any religious based hate) I think that is something that is important also.

Saying wearing purple is ignoring straight kids is like saying black history month means white people are unimportant, breast cancer awareness means people with parkinsons arent important, womans rights means men arent important. It doesn't add up.
 

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Very, very well said. And thank you guys so much for the support =)
And it's so true about religious discrimination, it's just insane how many people think that Muslims are all just like Al Qaeda =/ what a way to see a religion that is actually so based on peace, right? It's appalling. I would love to see a day set up against anti-Muslim bullying.
 

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I wore purple...even though it was more maroon than purple but it was the best I could do. I can't stand bullying...against anyone. That doesn't mean I'm an extremist...I'm just an everyday normal person. I also wore Pink on friday for breat cancer awareness and on November...(forgot the exact date write now), I will write LOVE on my arms. Why? because all people deserve love, kindness, and respect and every honest, good cause needs support.
 

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I have purple, but I wont wear it. The Billy kid, I knew him on a different forum. He was bullied to death. Weather or not he was gay is irrelevant(they have no proof that he was, except for a few "***" comments made by his school mates). Gay kids are NOT the only ones who get bullied to death, but the media has chosen to speak up about the few 6 student who were, because gays feel they dont have enough ecceptence in the world. What about the other kids? I will not stand up for gay rights. I will however stand up against bullies, and the 'pick and choose' media that use the poor kids to make a political satement. If a kid is being a bully, he/she needs to be punished, if the the kid bullies someone to death, they should go to prision, along with the irrisponsible parents of said bully. The last thing that needs to happen is gay rights exstremist using the situation to help themselves. Who is standing up for the non gay kids who got bullied to death?
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At our school there our signs supporting anti-bullying everywhere. We have talkes about anti-bullying but none of them ever mention gays. They get one day while the rest of us "normal" people get the whole year. Or if you don't go to my school, a whole week.
 
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