Bullying is a serious issue especially for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Questioning young people. Violence towards LGBTQ Youth can consist of bullying, teasing, harassment, and any type of physical assault. In a 2009 study conducted by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention it was found that —
- Eight of ten students had been verbally harassed at school;
- Four of ten had been physically harassed at school;
- Six of ten felt unsafe at school; and
- One of five had been the victim of a physical assault at school.
Spirit Day began in 2010 as a way to show support for LGBT youth and take a stand against bullying. GLAAD, a national organization that works with print, broadcast and online news sources to bring people powerful stories from the LGBT community that build support for equality. GLAAD worked to involve millions of teachers, workplaces, celebrities, media outlets and students in going purple on social media or wearing purple, a color that symbolizes spirit on the rainbow flag.
Spirit Day now occurs every year on the third Thursday in October, during National Bullying Prevention Month, and has become the most visible day of support for LGBT youth.
This year GLAAD and millions of people celebrated Spirit Day on October 16th. Rosie became a participant of the 2014 #SpiritDay Celebration and along with her colleagues at the LGBT Caucus of the NYC Council released the following statement:
STATEMENT BY NEW YORK CITY COUNCIL’S LGBT CAUCUS
Re: Spirit Day
“The New York City LGBT Caucus stands in solidarity with bullying victims nationwide on Spirit Day. October is a month to celebrate our rich history as LGBT individuals, but on days like today we also remember the lives we’ve lost to bullying. We are committed to continue to work with institutions and groups throughout the City to raise awareness around this issue and prevent other lives from being lost.”