Young people identifying as LGBTQIA+ experience bullying at disproportionate rates from their peers. With 1 in 5 students ages 12-18 reporting harassment, 70.1% of LGBTQIA+ students report being verbally harassed while 71% report hearing homophobic remarks from educators about their gender expression (according to GLAAD – the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation).
To support and show solidarity to young people, it’s imperative that we listen to their voices.
What is Spirit Day?
Started in 2010 by then high school student, Brittany McMillan, Spirit Day serves to raise awareness for bullying towards LGBTQIA+ youth and to spread acceptance and inclusion. Over a decade later, Spirit Day continues to see millions of people honor the campaign’s rise against the oppression of LGBTQIA+ kids, teens, and young adults.