Saturday, October 9, 2010

Wear Purple on October 20, 2010 to Commemorate the Suicides Caused by Homophobia


I've been writing quite a bit lately about homophobia in schools and what teachers can do about it.  I don't intend this to be a political blog by any means, but when it comes to teenagers, and the issues they face, I feel I have a place here to help other teachers around the world to know just a little bit more, and hope that in their knowing, they do just a little bit more.

So, here's something pro-active that teachers can do on October 20, 2010.  Wear purple.  Wear purple socks, or a purple tie, or a purple shirt, or a purple pin.  Whatever you do, on October 20th, wear some purple to show that you care about LGBT youth (and no, wearing purple does not mean that you are gay).  This is a movement started on facebook, and by simply RSVP'ing, you're helping one more teenager see that it's okay.  They're going to be okay.

Here's the event. Please participate. I'll post pictures if any of you send them in.  I love these kinds of events because they're subtle, effective and fun. 

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Thanks for sharing your two pence!

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