The challenges young people face growing up are as unique and complex as they are. But young lesbian, gay, bi, trans and intersex (LGBTI) people are much more likely to have to deal with being bullied, abused and isolated. As a result, LGBTI young people are at higher risk of dropping out of school, suffering from depression and contemplating suicide.
Parents, teachers, classmates, friends, neighbors and decision-makers all have a role in helping LGBTI young people grow and thrive. Together we can create a world that celebrates and supports all young people, no matter who they are and whom they love.
UN Free & Equal is joining forces with GLAAD to celebrate Spirit Day, the largest, most visible LGBTI anti-bullying campaign in the world. We’re “going purple” on 17 October to show that we stand with LGBTI youth – and we want YOU to join us!
Taking a stand is simple. On 17 October, wear something purple to work or to school and share a selfie on social media. Change your profile picture to Spirit Day Purple. Share this video to initiate a conversation about LGBTI equality with your friends and family members. Spread the word far and wide that you are an ally of young LGBTI people – not just on Spirit Day but every day.
How YOU can support LGBTI kids experiencing bullying the rest of the year:
Extra steps teachers and others who works with kids can take to protect young LGBTI people from bullying:
How governments can protect LGBTI young people from bullying:
Learn more from these resources from GLAAD: