Spirit Day is celebrated annually on the third Thursday of October. This year, the holiday falls on October 20th. This day draws attention to the bullying and harassment faced by the LGBT community. Millions of people confess their orientation, but most of them have yet to declare their status publicly. Millions of people should not be allowed to be alienated because of their sexual orientation. But, unfortunately, we live in a world where people from the LGBT community are often threatened because of their status.
In September 2010, Canadian Brittany McMillan saw what she saw on Tumblr as destructive and unfair. She came across videos with suicides of gay teenagers who took this step because of the hooligans chasing them. Brittany was so impressed by what she saw that she had a desire to share information about such bullies and find a way to support victims of threats and bullying.
Brittany Macmillan’s determination and hard work led to the first Spirit Day on October 20th. Her posts took the internet by storm, eventually catching the attention of GLAAD (an American media monitoring NGO founded to protest slanderous coverage of LGBTQ people). Spirit Day is now hosted by GLAAD. 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 abuse;
How to celebrate
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. Stand up for the LGBTQ community. Show people why abuse is wrong.
When is Spirit Day celebrated in 2022?
Spirit Day is observed on the third Thursday of October each year.