wear purple for LGBT spirit day!
As you may or may not know, today has been chosen as LGBT Spirit Day, which encourages wearing purple to show solidarity and is described by GLAAD thusly:
Spirit Day honors the teenagers who had taken their own lives in recent weeks. But just as importantly, it’s also a way to show the hundreds of thousands of LGBT youth who face the same pressures and bullying, that there is a vast community of people who support them.
Purple symbolizes ‘spirit’ on the rainbow flag, a symbol for LGBT Pride that was created by Gilbert Baker in 1978.
The recent influx of suicides (or, if not an influx of them occurring, an influx of them identified & reported as such) has been so upsetting, and this is an issue that’s important to me and many of my friends and family, so I definitely wanted to participate. I also have a lot of purple – so I wanted to wear as much as possible without looking like the flying Purple People Eater! Here’s what I ended up with:
What do you think – Purple Power or Purple People Eater?
Silk ombré dress: Simply Vera (Size 4), cardigan: New York & Company (size S).
Black leggings… I don’t even remember. Purple leather boots: purchased in Switzerland, March 2009.
I also knew I needed to break up all the purple with somewhat prominent jewelry and did so with this long, gold, knotted/beaded necklace from Target:
And simple gold hoops. Incidentally, I’m also showing spirit for my old alma mater, Hononegah High School, where our colors were purple & gold. Our mascot remains the Indians – another one of Illinois’ local history-inspired mascots… at least our middle school mascot was the ambiguous “Warriors”? Oh, I’m not even gonna get into it.
Here’s a closeup of the necklace:
I love all the colors of the beads & texture with the knot.
Just a final note, solidarity is great, but action is even better. If you’re able, please consider donating to The Trevor Project – the leading national organization focused on crisis and suicide prevention efforts among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth – or to any number of other great organizations. Let’s make it better, together. :)
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