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3 Things You Can Do to Mute Bullying and Amplify Kindness on Spirit Day
 
GLAAD’s annual Spirit Day is on Thursday, October 18. It’s a day to turn up our support for our LGBTQ friends and encourage everyone in our communities to use their words and actions to help, not hurt. Here are a few things we can all do to amplify our impact on Spirit Day and every day. 
Show Your Support:  
When LGBTQ students aren’t accepted and supported, they are more likely to struggle emotionally. While we can’t change the harmful things people do or say, we can overpower their voices with our acceptance and support. Wearing purple on Spirit Day is a great way to start. We can also use our social media to let the LGBTQ community know that they are understood, appreciated and never alone. Right click on one of the graphics below and share on your social media this week. 
Reach Out:
If you are worried that a LGBTQ student in your life – or any student for that matter – is struggling because of being mistreated or not accepted, trust that instinct. Reaching out, expressing your concern and offering to help can have a tremendous impact on someone who is feeling judged, alone or afraid. Not sure how to start the conversation? Here are some tips to help (link to Seize the Awkward). 

 

Share Your Story:
When we’re on the receiving end of bullying or judgment, it can feel so overwhelming. It’s sometimes hard to see a way through it. That’s why it’s important that we share our own experiences and the things that helped us get through the tough times. Use Spirit Day as a moment to share a bit of your story and any tips you have for coping with the impact of painful words or actions. Whether you’re sharing your story on social media or directly with students, try to focus less on the painful parts and more on the ways you were able to work through it. Students who are being bullied or not accepted know what that pain feels like, so they need to be reminded that there are ways to rise above it, reach out for help and get to a place where they feel more connected and supported. 

 

If you or someone you know is struggling, there are resources that can help. Text HOME to 741741 for a confidential conversation with a trained counselor 24/7, or reach to to the Trever Project’s LifeLine by calling 866-488-7386 or texting TREVOR to 1-202-304-1200. 

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