Are you ready to go purple for Spirit Day?
Because sometimes the smallest thing can mean the world.
GLAAD has released a new animated video in advance of the event, held on Oct. 15, encouraging supporters to wear purple to show their support for bullied lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth once again. Given that an estimated eight out of 10 LGBT youth reportedly say they’ve been bullied in the past year, the clip is perhaps more relevant than ever.
“Sometimes the smallest thing can mean the world,” the video’s narrator proclaims. “Take the pledge.”
Harold Moss, who is the creative director of FlickerLab, drew on his own personal experiences with bullying when he created the video for GLAAD.
“Bullying creates real despair and desperation. It can take a lot of years to shake it off,” he wrote on GLAAD’s YouTube page. “Layer on top of that someone trying to figure out their sexuality, and the fact that teachers and family might actually be part of the bullying, and it gets pretty grim. That’s why standing up to this kind of bullying is so vital for everyone to do, every day.”
Article by Curtis M. Wong ~ Gay Voices Senior Editor ~ Posted: 09/28/2015
I was thrilled when GLAAD approached me to make a short animation to get the word out about Spirit Day 2015, the day when millions of people around the world will wear purple to stand up against bullying of LGBT youth. This is an issue that hits very close to home for me.
I had too many of my own experiences with bullying growing up, although they grew more out of the general odd-ballness that creates animators rather than my sexual identity. For a couple of years, I was the kid with a special seat on the bus so I wouldn’t get beat up every day.
Bullying creates real despair and desperation. It can take a lot of years to shake it off. And some kids don’t make it that far. Layer on top of that someone trying to figure out their sexuality, and the fact that teachers and family might actually be part of the bullying, and it gets pretty grim. That’s why standing up to this kind of bullying is so vital for everyone to do, every day.
But it’s also incredibly important that the folks who are getting bullied know they’re not alone in this. That sense of isolation and helplessness can, I think, be the worst part of it.
That’s why Spirit Day is such a big deal, it makes the support visible. Let’s all give a big purple shout out to everybody facing this kind of bullying and say, we got your back. We’re with you.
I can only hope this short animation we created will get that word out to a few more people, and help Spirit Day make a bit more of a difference.
Now go take the pledge, y’all! ~ Harold Moss ~ Creative Director, FlickerLab
Head here to read more about Spirit Day 2015.