Usually, the purple heart belongs to those who have made great military sacrifices for our country. Today, it symbolizes something different (but still important): support for the LGBTQ youth.
Started in recognition of several widely-publicized suicides of gay students, Spirit Day (October 15th) is observed by those who ‘choose kindness’ and rally against bullying. People all over the world have shown their support through social media (currently trending no.1) and by wearing the color purple. It’s all well and good to put #SpiritDay on the end of a tweet, but are we highlighting our profile pictures purple because we truly believe in the cause, or because it’s what’s trending? I sincerely hope not the latter.
In my opinion, the most special part about the day is not just that it supports the LGBTQ community as a whole, but that it supports its youth. Being in high school myself, I know how hard it is to want to fit in while still trying to hold on to your beliefs and values. What’s not making things easier is the perpetual problem of bullying, in whatever shape or form it may manifest. Apparently, schools can make all the PowerPoints they want… this issue doesn’t seem like its going anywhere.
Perhaps the effort has to come from the ‘youth’ themselves. You might think there’s nothing worse than peer pressure, but maybe the right kind can make a difference. If there’s one thing to remember, its that you’re not alone. You are never alone.
In the words of Andy Grammer:
I know it’s hard, know its hard
To remember sometimes,
But you gotta keep your head up, oh
And you can let your hair down, yeah
Here are some videos of people who I think are really making a difference (you can tell even by just reading the comments), so check them out and maybe take a pledge on one of the million websites that allow you to do so. Happy Spirit Day!