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Purple Day 
20th-Oct-2010 01:26 pm
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Poll #1633466 Purple Day

Today is purple day. GLAAD, the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, requests that people wear purple October 20 to raise awareness of the dangers of anti-gay bullying. Will you/did you wear purple today?

Yes, for this reason
28(33.3%)
Yes, but not for this reason
3(3.6%)
I hadn't planned on it, but I will now that I'm aware of this
2(2.4%)
No, but I support this idea.
36(42.9%)
No and I do not support this idea
4(4.8%)
Something else (what?)
11(13.1%)
Comments 
20th-Oct-2010 08:28 pm (UTC)
Two reasons.
Purple is one of my least favorite color, therefore I have no clothes in that color.
And it's national statistics day, so my department is all wearing stat shirts.
20th-Oct-2010 08:28 pm (UTC)
And when I say national, I mean world.
20th-Oct-2010 08:32 pm (UTC)
October 20th is a popular day. It's also Big Block of Cheese Day (West Wings Fans and potus_geeks will know what this is all about) and I already had a shirt bought especially for this occasion, but I opted to wear purple today instead because I thought that to be the more important of the two to me.

20th-Oct-2010 08:43 pm (UTC)
I didn't say I don't support the cause, and I support anyone who chose to wear purple.
My department is just super excited that's first world statistics day, declared by the UN, basically to show the achievements the world has of official statistics has helped to entire world. There's so much information out there that goes ignored, or people don't realize that statistics does help them.
20th-Oct-2010 08:53 pm (UTC)
No I didn't interpret your answer as being against this idea, and hope my comment didn't come across as being critical of you in any way.
20th-Oct-2010 08:30 pm (UTC)
I don't own any purple clothing. :/
20th-Oct-2010 08:31 pm (UTC)
i don't think i have anything purple that fits
20th-Oct-2010 08:35 pm (UTC)
oh wait, i did wear a purple hoodie today. so yes i did wear purple, but i didn't know about the awareness day. i would have worn purple on purpose if i had known though.
20th-Oct-2010 08:36 pm (UTC)
I am wearing purple as we speak. Er...I type?
20th-Oct-2010 08:40 pm (UTC)
I also come with automatic purple - my nail polish is currently a rather vivid shade.
20th-Oct-2010 08:42 pm (UTC)
i actuallt did wear purple today, but it wasnt on purpose! but i do support this idea.
20th-Oct-2010 08:43 pm (UTC)
I completely blanked on it, but I would have worn purple if I'd remembered.
20th-Oct-2010 08:51 pm (UTC)
This.
20th-Oct-2010 09:03 pm (UTC)
same! :(
20th-Oct-2010 08:51 pm (UTC)
I knew about this, and support the idea, but I didn't wear purple because I'm not feeling well enough to leave the house today.
20th-Oct-2010 09:26 pm (UTC)
I didn't wear purple. It has nothing to do with the idea behind it, though. I just didn't think to put on purple.

While I'm here, though, I would like to note that a LOT of children kill themselves every year. (Over bullying.) All of them should have a voice. Not just the ones that did it because they were bullied over their sexual orientation.
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21st-Oct-2010 02:09 am (UTC)
No offence, but the argument about not wanting to single out a specific group is lost on me. It's like saying that you won't wear a pink ribbon in honour of breast cancer survivors because there are other kinds of cancer too. Honouring one worthy cause doesn't imply dishonour for other worthy causes or make them less worthy. If attention can be drawn to one aspect of teen suicide, it's beneficial, especially if the root cause can be identified and addressed.
20th-Oct-2010 09:48 pm (UTC)
Something else:
1) I didn't know
2) the day has already passed as I read this

But it's a good idea :)
20th-Oct-2010 10:01 pm (UTC)
I didn't know about this.

If I had known, I probably would have worn purple only if I was in the mood - I doubt many people around here (Germany) have heard of purple day and would know what I meant by wearing purple.
20th-Oct-2010 10:03 pm (UTC)
Dammit! If I had known, I would have worn purple! My sister is gay and a huge defender of gay rights. :(
20th-Oct-2010 11:47 pm (UTC)
Today i am wearing a purple and white top, white jeans, glittery purple and black stripy socks with cute little skulls and crossbones, and black and white shoes with purple laces. Perfect! And perfectly coincidental.

I completely spaced that today is Purple Day, but even if i had remembered, that would not have changed my wardrobe decisions one way or the other. Wearing a specific color does not further a cause nearly as much as getting involved with real life people. Demonstrating that just because i am what misguided people would label as "alternative", that does not make me any different from them. Finding differences and politically correct labels only serves to segregate us; finding similarities unites us. Wearing purple as a political demonstration segregates us; wearing purple because it looks as good on me as my boss' black suit looks on him unites us.

In that sense, i am not intersexed, transgendered, gay, bisexual, asexual, straight, man, woman, or anything in between. I am merely a human being, who carries similar burdens to anyone else who bears the horrible responsibility of life. Yes, i was bullied for being "alternative" growing up. I was bullied in ways that to this day i still cannot bring myself to describe. But i was not the only one who was bullied, and not all who were bullied were "alternative".
21st-Oct-2010 12:42 am (UTC)
I didn't because I didn't know and I don't really care. I'm a strong supporter of LGBTWTFBBQ rights, but I don't give a damn what people wear.
21st-Nov-2010 05:10 am (UTC)
lol @ LGBTWTFBBQ
21st-Oct-2010 05:00 am (UTC)
I wore purple today! I was pleasantly surprised to see how many people on my campus participated; I thought only our GSA would do it and I was delighted to find out I was wrong.
21st-Oct-2010 05:44 am (UTC)
It's too late now!
21st-Oct-2010 12:17 pm (UTC)
I only found out about it on the night of October 20, after I had returned from work and school. However, I wore purple the whole day and it was unplanned. Bonus. :D
21st-Oct-2010 03:48 pm (UTC)
I did not know to wear purple, as apparently since the birth of my second child (last Friday) I seem to be living in a bubble. But I would have done so perhaps if I had known and certainly support the idea of it.
21st-Nov-2010 05:09 am (UTC)
I don't have any purple clothes so I painted my little finger nail purple XD
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