Spirit Day is celebrated annually on the third Thursday of October, this year on October 20th. It draws attention to the bullying and harassment faced by the LGBT community. Millions of people confess their orientation, but many are still reluctant to declare their status publicly due to the fear of discrimination.
In September 2010, Canadian Brittany McMillan saw the damaging impact of discrimination on the LGBT community. After seeing videos of teenage suicides caused by hooligans, she decided to share this information and find a way to support victims of bullying. Her hard work led to the first Spirit Day, which was then taken up by GLAAD (an American media monitoring NGO). Now millions of people take part in the holiday, including schools, sports teams, the media and various enterprises.
- One in seven members of the LGBTQ community avoids seeking treatment for fear of discrimination.
- About 80% of LGBTQ people worldwide report social isolation.
- 35% of LGBTQ people hide their status and orientation at work due to abus.
How to take part
Attend the Spirit Day Parade to show your support. If nothing is happening nearby, then take the initiative and organize the event yourself and advertise on social networks. You can also listen to people and provide them with emotional support, standing up for the LGBTQ community and showing people why abuse is wrong.
When is Spirit Day celebrated in 2023?
Spirit Day is observed on the third Thursday of October each year.