Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Spirit Day October 20th, 2016

BiNet Joins GLAAD's Anti-Bullying Campaign "Spirit Day"

Though there have been many policy advancements for the LGBTQ community, there is still more work to be done. According to recent studies, 8 out of 10 LGBTQ students experience harassment at school, and over 60% of LGBT students who did report a bullying case said their school staff did nothing. 

We also know that bisexual youth report higher levels of harassment and bullying, and lower levels of social support than their gay and lesbian peers. These problems among bi+ youth too often translate into disparities among bisexual adults related to physical health, mental health, and economic status.

By participating in GLAAD's Spirit Day, we hope to show bi+ and other LGBTQ youth that there are people they can go to for help, acceptance, and support.

Spirit Day started as a grassroots online movement by a high-school teen and, with GLAAD's help, has grown into the world's most visible anti-bullying campaign. Every year, millions stand against bullying and in support of LGBTQ youth by "going purple." Here are some easy ways to get into the spirit:

Pledge at www.glaad.org/spiritday to wear purple on October 20 and encourage your listeners and followers to do the same

Sign up to be a Spirit Day participant http://www.glaad.org/spiritday/endorse  

Create awareness on social media by posting about #SpiritDay, making your profile pictures purple, and turning your organization's website purple (i.e. "Take a stand against bullying and support #LGBT youth by going purple for #SpiritDay on October 20: http://glaad.org/spiritday")

Share the Anti-Bullying Resource Kit with your followers http://www.glaad.org/spiritday/resourcekit

Download the Spirit Day app on your smartphone http://www.glaad.org/spiritday/app

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Will you join us in taking a stand against anti-LGBT bullying? All participants will be featured on GLAAD's official website, so be sure to sign up!

Past Spirit Day participants include Britney Spears, Laverne Cox, Demi Lovato, Ariana Grande, Kim Kardashian, the White House, MTV, HBO, hosts of Good Morning America and CNBC, non-profit organizations like the Ali Forney Center, DoSomething.org, and the National Center for Transgender Equality, and hundreds more nonprofits, celebs, national landmarks, companies, and teams.