What is Spiritday？
Spirit Day is an annual LGBTQ+ awareness day observed on the third Thursday in October. This year it takes place on October 18th. Started in 2010 by Canadian teenager Brittany McMillan, it was initially created in response to a rash of widely publicized bullying-related suicides of gay school students in 2010. Promoted by GLAAD and CSYN, observers wear the color purple as a visible sign of support for LGBTQ youth and against bullying , as well as to honor LGBTQ victims of suicide. Spirit Day’s message of love and acceptance reached more people than ever before.
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The Rose Boy
“Rose boy” Yeh Yung-chih’s story took place 18 years ago. Because of his femininity, his classmates would often pull down his pants, which made him fearful of going to the toilet during breaks. In his third year in junior high school, he left the classroom five minutes before a music class ended and went to the restroom, and was later discovered lying on the floor in a pool of blood. He later died in the hospital despite doctors’ effort to save him.
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