Save the Date: 20 October is Spirit Day
It’s been decided. On October 20th, 2010, we will wear purple in honor of the six gay boys (Tyler Clementi, Seth Walsh, Justin Aaberg, Raymond Chase, Aher Brown, and Billy Lucas) who committed suicide in recent weeks/months due to homophobic abuse in their homes at at their schools. Purple represents Spirit on the LGBTQ flag and that’s exactly what we’d like all of you to have with you: spirit. Please know that times will get better and that you will meet people who will love you and respect you for who you are, no matter your sexuality. Please wear purple on October 20th. Tell your friends, family, co-workers, neighbors and schools.
REBLOG to spread a message of love, unity and peace.
While none of the six teens who committed suicide were famous footballers, or even necessarily football fans, at Red Card Homophobia we believe this is an important issue that is central to everything we do and affects everyone involved. We are dedicated to ridding the world of homophobia both on and off the pitch. Homophobic abuse already claimed the life of English footballer Justin Fashanu, and we do not want to lose any more potential football players, managers, or supporters.
In that same vein, we would also like to direct our readers to a site Sairax from Arsenal Offside shared in our comment section: The It Gets Better Project. If you are reading this and you or anyone you know is being subjected to homophobic abuse, we want you to know that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Everyone at Red Card Homophobia loves, respects, and supports you for who you are. If you are contemplating suicide, please watch the videos and keep in mind that it does get better.