According to a study conducted by GLSEN, 70 percent of LGBTQ students report being verbally harassed, 71 percent of LGBTQ students report hearing homophobic remarks from teachers and/or school staff because of their gender expression.
Of the LGBTQ students surveyed, 60 percent who did report an incident said that school staff did nothing in response or told the student to ignore it, and nearly 60 percent of LGBTQ students said they feel unsafe at school because of their sexual orientation. Those numbers are alarming and hard to ignore.
Standing up against injustice can sometimes feel like a daunting and lonely act. But in honor of Spirit Day it can be as easy as donning purple with pride. Millions of participants are wearing purple today to show their support for LGBTQ youth and to take a stand against bullying.
Try some purple beauty like these influencers, who wear the vibrant color in a variety of ways. Some keep it simple, some get quite creative. But they all do it so beautifully, you’ll want to make this your favorite fall hue and make it #spiritday every day. Isn’t equality pretty?