Why do many LGBTQ people wear purple on October 19th?
In 2010, many young LGBTQ committed suicide. To remember them, to show our support to LGBTQ youth and those who are bullied, October 19th became the Spirit Day and we wear the color purple which means "spirit".
Katy was one of these young LGBTQ who were bullied at school.
"Last year on Spirit Day I was so excited to see Ellen DeGeneres and Oprah Winfrey wear purple on TV, see photos of Times Square lights in purple and feel supported by my friends on Facebook who changed their profile pictures to purple, and of course the students at my school who wore purple in support.
Last year millions of people told LGBT kids they are not alone – just by wearing purple. And who better to send that message than the two candidates trying to be the leader of our country?
If both of these influential men participate by simply wearing purple it will show LGBT teens like me that there are powerful people who care about us. I know what it’s like to feel alone, and seeing two of our country's political leaders show that they care about our lives could make a huge difference to. LGBT students, who are 3-5 times more likely to experience depression and attempt suicide than their counter parts. Barack Obama and Mitt Romney could take a big step towards ending that feeling of isolation. This action could literally save lives," Katy says on GLAAD.
Katy launched a petition if you also wish to ask President Obama and Mitt Romney to wear purple: Join Millions by Wearing Purple on Spirit Day to Stand Against Bullying and Support LGBT Youth.