Friend of Rohrbach Lydia Smith, a loyal member of KU Allies, breezed through the library today passing out lavender slips of paper urging everyone to dig through their closets this Thursday, October 20 to find something mauve, violet, crocus, or just plain purple to wear.
Why? October 20 is Spirit Day, one of the newest holidays on the calendar. According to GLAAD’s website,
Millions of Americans 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 by teenager Brittany McMillan as a response to the young people who had taken their own lives. Observed annually on October 20, individuals, schools, organizations, corporations, media professionals and celebrities wear purple, which symbolizes spirit on the rainbow flag.