Yesterday was Spirit Day, and people all over North America wore purple to help give support to those who have had to endear bullying because they were gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgendered. I was one of those people because I strongly believe that no one ever, EVER, should have to be made fun of, ridiculed or shunned because of who they chose to love.
Now, I’m sure a lot of people thought, “Oh, wearing a colour isn’t going to make a difference”, but it’s the thought that counts. I wore a long-sleeved purple shirt under my short-sleeved work uniform and several of my regular customers who are gay (and were also wearing purple) noticed and smiled. How can you not appreciate someone who supports your life choice?
When you think about it, wearing a certain colour on a certain day is a much more subtle way to show support, rather than announcing where you “like” it on Facebook. (BTW, check out Lauren’s post here, which explains that more and which I fully agree with her on) Not that I’m dogging breast cancer supporters; I just think there’s better ways of showing your support.
Most importantly, we just have to remember that NO bullying is acceptable, whether it be because of your sexual preference, your race, religion or otherwise. If you are bullied, you need to know that there is a whole other world of people who are like you and love you for who you are, no matter what.
Enough is enough.
Let’s end bullying.