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Spirit Day 2012 - Supporting Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Transgender Youth

Spirit Day

What is Spirit Day?

Millions wear purple on Spirit Day as a sign of support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth and to speak out against bullying. Spirit Day was started in 2010 as a response to the young people who had taken their own lives. Observed annually, individuals, schools, organizations, corporations, media professionals and celebrities wear purple, which symbolizes spirit on the rainbow flag. Getting involved is easy — participants are asked to simply “go purple” on October 19th as we work to create a world in which LGBT teens are celebrated and accepted for who they are. Learn more.

Our Stories: Ace Gilliam

This captioned video, featuring Deaf Gay Ace Gilliam, is part of the “I’m from Driftwood” series of stories by LGBTQ people.

After watching the video, we tracked down Ace for a mini-interview. He’s now 21 and still calls Las Vegas home.

Planet DeafQueer: Tell us a little bit about how you came to participate in this video project. 

It Gets Better – In ASL

Kudos to Adam Stone who has been keeping a list of It Gets Better videos in American Sign Language.  The It Gets Better Project also keeps a list, though not as complete. We’ll be featuring some of these videos on Planet DeafQueer. If you’d like us to feature yours, email us at planetdeafqueer@gmail.com.