Are you wearing it right now? Did you change your Facebook or Twitter profile pic for the day? Did you redesign your blog template so it too is purple? Did you download the iPhone app so that all the pixxx you sext today are purple? Did you change your photos to purple on Tumblr and Google+ (haha, “Google+”)? Are you purple? Have you engaged in conversation today with a “gay youth” to tell them that “it gets better”? Did you tell them that everything is going to be OK? Are you OK?
Is picking on something as feckless as putting on a particular sweater what you would expect me to do? Sorry! I can’t help myself. I’m a bully, I guess. But I’m sure that you can guess how I feel about GLAAD’s “Spirit Day“:
Millions of Americans wear purple on Spirit Day as a sign of support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth and to speak out against bullying. Spirit Day was started in 2010 by teenager Brittany McMillan as a response to the young people who had taken their own lives. Observed annually on October 20, individuals, schools, organizations, corporations, media professionals and celebrities wear purple, which symbolizes spirit on the rainbow flag. Getting involved is easy — participants are asked to simply “go purple” on October 20 as we work to create a world in which LGBT teens are celebrated and accepted for who they are.
Getting involved is easy. Oh, I bet. People like easy. People like symbols. Purple! One day a year. It’s easy. (Because heaven forbid we do something hard or time consuming.) Just like wearing a red ribbon in the ’80s and ’90s didn’t cure AIDS, wearing purple isn’t going to cure human beings of ignorance, bad parenting, religious intolerance, or anything else that leads to “bullying.” But, whatever! The only thing easier than participating in “Spirit Day” is being cynical about “Spirit Day,” so, I’ll stop.