(Editor’s note: The bulk of this post is taken from an email we received that originated with Maggie Olsen, Community Outreach Program Manager with the Seattle Police Department.)
On October 20th, 2010, folks are wearing purple in remembrance of the 6 young gay men who committed suicide in recent weeks/months due to homophobic abuse in their homes and at their schools.
Purple represents spirit on the LGBTQ flag, and that is exactly what we’d like all of you to have with you: spirit. Please know that times will get better, and you will meet people who will love and respect you for who you are, no matter what your sexuality. Please wear purple on October 20th. Tell your family, friends, co-workers, neighbors and schools.
- Tyler Clementi
- Seth Walsh
- Justin Aaberg
- Raymond Chase
- Asher Brown
- Billy Lucas
Send this message to as many people as you can, to spread the message of love, unity and peace. This is not JUST for these six young men, but for all teenagers who have lost their lives due to bullying and abuse.
If you or someone you know is contemplating suicide, please visit Suicide.org or American Foundation for Suicide Prevention to get resources, perspective and help.
Spirit Day has been organized by folks who connected through a Facebook memorial page for Tyler Clementi. You can find out more here.
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