“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. Learn more & go purple at www.glaad.org/spiritday.” (via GLAAD.org)
Dumb Domme Commentary: Last year, I was stunned to see the number of people at work, at the market, and just running about town who wore purple. The purple-wearers certainly weren’t a majority, but there were more than enough purple people to notice. I wore purple, and I exchanged more smiles with purple-clad random strangers than I could count. It made my heart happy.
I remember having a quick conversation with a coworker of mine, someone who I know to be an ultra-conservative Christian who has openly discussed his belief that homosexuality is a sin. I saw him wearing a purple neck-tie and assumed it was an accident. I asked him, “You’re wearing purple–did you do that on purpose?” He replied, “Sure. it’s GLAAD day or something like that. The bible says that homosexuality is a sin, but I don’t believe that Jesus wants kids beating each other up or killing themselves because they’re gay.” Obviously, I disagree with him that homosexuality is a sin, or wrong, or whatever, but I thought what he said was pretty freaking cool.
Sure, wearing purple is symbolic action, but it’s still action. If you’ll excuse me, I have to root through my closets to find something purple…