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This essay was written in October of 2010 after DeviantART released this article supporting the Spirit Day movement to bring awareness to LGBT bullying.

I wrote it because there were so many comments on the official article that were defaming to one group or another that I felt the true issue had been lost in the rhetoric. The point of Spirit Day is to show solidarity and compassion for your fellow human beings. Not gay or straight or ill or handicapped - those categories don't matter. We're just humans, each flawed and each perfect. Spirit Day was an attempt to remind us of that.

I was confronted with two major arguments to this editorial in the original posting. One was that singling out LGBT suicides meant that I was putting more importance on that group than any other. For the purpose of the article, I suppose that's true. Spirit Day focused on LGBT issues, so the article (to an extent) does as well. But the steps outlined are steps one can and should take to end bullying of any kind.

The second argument was altogether more unsettling: "Bullying has been happening forever, so there's no point trying to stop it. Just teach kids to stand up for themselves instead." That attitude represents complacency, and complacency is how most of the world's atrocities are allowed to happen. Edmund Burke put it best: "All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men [and women] do nothing."

I urge anyone who reads this to continue the tradition of Spirit Day. I'll be wearing purple on October 19th, even if dA doesn't. Use your art, your words, your music. Use your voice to end intolerance, no matter what group it is directed toward.

The Purpose of Spirit Day


    According to The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), Spirit Day is "not dissimilar to the idea of 'Spirit Week' held in many high schools, and can be summed up in three words: Everyone Rally Together."

    A string of suicides in the teenage population that occurred in direct correlation to LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, or Transgendered/Transsexual) bullying prompted teenager Brittany McMillan to organize the event. Its purpose was a simple one: to show other kids who may be being bullied for their sexual orientation that they are not alone, that there is support out there, and that they are valued. It is vitally important to the prevention of suicide that those at risk understand they have a support network. Spirit Day was one way to make that support network apparent.

    The idea took on a life of its own once it hit the social network structure. Fan pages on Facebook garnered millions of hits. Hashtags on Twitter could be searched for millions of messages supporting Spirit Day, the LGBT community, and anyone who is being or has been bullied for any reason at all. Many celebrities chose to wear purple to show their support. Joel Burns, who gave an emotional speech at a city meeting appeared on the Ellen DeGeneres Show and on the liberal news network MSNBC. He was wearing purple on both occasions.

    In short, Spirit Day accomplished two goals. It helped bullied and oppressed teens everywhere see that they have a global support network, and it opened up conversation, at least within the United States, about how we can help put a stop to bullying, support our youth, and crack the wall of intolerance and hate that has so divided the country.

Why It Is Not Enough


    When dA chose to support Spirit Day by releasing a news article and changing the color of the bar at the top of the website to purple, there was a backlash. This was to be expected, perhaps. There is a strong, misguided sentiment amongst dA users that dA staff should consult with us before making any changes to the function, look, or purpose of the website. There were several comments that requested an option to turn off the purple banner because it was unfair of dA to push LGBT agendas on their users.

    It is important to note that dA is a business, and so can push whatever agendas they please. Yoplait helps push breast cancer research campaigns through their lids program. Target helps push academic excellence through their scholarship contest. Several companies participate in the Toys for Tots drive each Christmas season. Businesses are allowed to sponsor and support any causes they wish. No one is obligated to remain a customer of the business if the cause the business supports is found to be offensive.

    If that were the extent of the disgruntlement over dA's color change, this editorial would not exist. Unfortunately, it was not. Most of the negative commentary on the Spirit Day article focused on the unfairness of a day aimed solely at LGBT related bullying. Arguments usually ran along the line that if the LGBT community really wants equality, they should stop bringing so much attention to themselves. Additionally, LGBT teens are not the only ones who experience bullying, and so Spirit Day should not focus only on them, but on everyone who has committed suicide or suffered harassment for any reason. There were also the inevitable comments which were purposefully derogatory toward the LGBT community, anyone who supports the LGBT community, and the very idea of Spirit Day.

    dA is made up of millions of users from all over the world. It is therefore safe to say that viewing opinions left on the Spirit Day article gives us a fairly accurate measurement of the amount of intolerance that still exists towards the LGBT community. That measurement is still quite high.

    Spirit Day made us stop long enough to notice an issue, a very specific issue that we can do something about. It was nothing more than a wake up call. Wake up calls are ultimately ineffective if we go back to sleep. In order for Spirit Day to actually mean something, we have to keep working toward finding a solution to the problem of harassment amongst our youth - for any reason - and to the problem of intolerance toward the LGBT community at large. Contrary to popular rhetoric, there are very simple, very specific ways to do this.

Step One: Look in the Mirror


    I wrote a quick journal entry on Spirit Day itself in which I asked people to recognize their own biases and prejudices in a step to help end intolerance of any kind: "It can be very difficult to look at ourselves and recognize that each one of us carries some sort of ignorance, prejudice, or even hate toward another part of the population. We don't want to be bad people or to continue the cycle of oppression that has so divided the world through history. But neither do we want to recognize that change starts at the individual level."

    This is a viewpoint that is well known, but rarely practiced in my experience. It is important - no matter who you are, what your religious belief is, or what ideologies you support - to approach each person as a person, not as merely a grouping of characteristics. If you are gay, you are not only gay. If you are straight, you are not only straight. These are simple ideas to understand, but we let ourselves get caught up in categorizing people instead of knowing them.

    The first step to ending intolerance is to recognize it in yourself. Even if you wear your rainbow proudly, it is still vital to look in the mirror. Perhaps you are biased against Christians, or Republicans, or a specific sect of the LGBT community. Perhaps that bias doesn't make itself blatantly obvious, but slips into snide remarks about one group or another. The point is that no one is safe from prejudice, so we have to police ourselves. Pay attention to what you say, how you say it, and why.

Step Two: Reach Out to Others


    Suicide is a mystery, if we're completely honest with ourselves. We don't know why it happens because we're still alive. The only people who know the real causes are the ones who are already dead. But it is also the only form of death that is 100% preventable, and the best documented way to prevent it is to be a friend.

    If one of your friends seems down, ask about it. If she doesn't want to talk just then, be clear that she can come to you at any time for any reason without fear of judgment. If you notice someone in the halls of your school that might be lonely or considered an outsider, make an effort to include that person. Pick him for your team in P.E., ask to sit with him at lunch, make small talk between classes. Make sure he knows he's valued. There are few things more important to our mental and emotional well being than knowing someone gives a damn.

    If you're an adult and notice a child or teen is getting bullied, do something to intervene. Talk to the parents of the child being bullied as well as to the parents of the bully or bullies. Inform school authorities of the situation. Open up communication between the people who have the authority to do something. And make yourself available to both the bullied and the bullies as a safe place to talk through frustrations. Often times, a bully has just as many problems as the kid he or she is harassing.

    Basically, don't ignore the problem. In most cases, it will not go away on its own.

Step Three: Speak Up, Directly


    This is probably the hardest step for anyone to follow, particularly when you're in school. It is also the most powerful and immediately impactful step.

    When you see someone being bullied, don't look the other way. If you feel it is safe enough to do so, intervene directly by telling the bully to stop and staying with the bullied person until the bully is gone. If you don't feel the situation is safe for that kind of intervention, find an adult or a friend to back you up. There's safety in numbers. After the immediate incident is over, make sure that the behavior is reported to the proper authority.

    That's right, be a tattle-tale. It might save a life.

    But sometimes you need to speak up in a way that is less dramatic and much harder, and that is toward your friends. If you notice someone using terms like 'faggot' or 'that's gay', bring it to his or her attention and ask why those terms are used as insults. More likely than not, your friend won't have a ready made answer to that because the bias associated with those terms is a cultural one. It's one of those look in the mirror moments that people tend to avoid.

    'Faggot' is no different than 'Nigger' in that it separates out one specific class of individual as substandard, and thus undesirable. It is an unconscious slur for the most part, and that's what makes it so dangerous. We know that most people don't actually mean to insult gay people when they use 'faggot' as an insult, but that's exactly what they're doing. Don't let it slide.

Step Four: Speak Up, Indirectly


    This circles us back to what Spirit Day is all about, making people aware of the issue. In addition to talking to your friends, family, and co-workers, reach out to a larger audience. Write letters  to your newspaper and politicians; start discussions on forums; participate in events like Spirit Day, Suicide Prevention Day, and TWLOHA Day; use your art to focus on the issue. Do whatever suits you best to further the cause of ending intolerance, and thus ending violence and harassment.

    Stopping harassment doesn't require that you donate to a specific cause, march in any parade, or even wear a certain color. It only requires that you recognize the right of your fellow citizen to live without fear of harm and that you show no tolerance for actions that violate that right. It truly is that simple.
Relevant links:
:pointr:Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD)
:pointr:TWLOHA
:pointr:Original dA Spirit Day Article
:pointr:Extend Spirit Day 2011

Reposted with permission at The Peer Pressure Project.

Feel free to repost this article on your own blogs. Please leave me a link if you do. :heart:

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Many thanks to =GrimFace242 and ^NicSwaner for the Daily Deviation! :heart: I hope people who read this take the message to heart.

More thoughts on the subject:

A Few Brief LinesSo everyone's talking about Spirit Day... I might as well do it, too.

I wrote something on it a few days ago. Not specifically Spirit Day, but the concept behind the month in general.

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Why Spirit Day Is Not Enough by `Kneeling-Glory is an editorial that reminds us that we must not let Spirit Day be only one day out of the year, and provides steps for help against bullying. ( Suggested by inknalcohol and Featured by Nichrysalis )
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Fawnspirit24 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014
This is AMAZING and so true. I hope people take this to heart, just as you said. Not an insult nor a push, but simply a wake-up call to the events around them.
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WanjuDuli Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You have the gift of word, you touched the hearts of many, as well as mine. Thank you very much!
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LiliWrites Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you for reading, and leaving such a kind comment. :heart:
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i love that you've written this, even more that you've accumulated a huge crowd that does as well. it warms me to know that a community like dA can put differences aside and begin to comprehend this problem (which i feel your piece did very well, as it is very convincing, understanding, and as well inviting, instead of, as most people say, "fighting fire with fire.") i feel this journal calls on all, bullies and bullied alike (even/most importantly standbyers), to come together to understand and take part in suppressing what has been growing as an epidemic-like irrational hate. i love this. i am sad i am reading this now, i would have loved to worn something for this day (as i've never heard of it before-- even more reason for my adoration). so thank you for writing this, taking a stand on something that you could have easily ignored. i am very inspired by you, love, and this article is exactly the type of thing all people must read, and i agree that its limited audience on deviantart doesn't do it justice. this needs to be everywhere; everyone should be approached, i feel, in this convincing, considerate tone of yours.

well, anyways, i love this, and i will be sharing this on facebook to my friends and whatnot. thank you for writing it. <3
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LiliWrites Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I've always had faith in dA. I've watched this community rise to the occasion (for whatever cause) time and time again. When ^NicSwaner approached me about featuring this as a DD, he was worried that I might not be able to handle the negativity it would attract. Considering that out of nearly 200 comments, I only had to hide two threads, I'd say that it was an unnecessary fear. :D

I'm glad you read this and learned about such a good cause as Spirit Day! :hug: And thanks for sharing it!
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Talon-the-Cyberfox Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012
For all who have been bullied through any means, be it cybebullying or pysical bullying, I raise my hand. Let us be like the men and women in the musi video of Distured's "Land of Confusion", raise our hands, and take a stand against bullying.
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LiliWrites Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Oooh, that's a good band. :highfive: Agreed!
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Thanks.
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leyghan Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
This is a wonderful article that I know was written from the heart. Thank you for sharing this. :clap:
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:hug: Thanks for taking the time to give it a read!
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Brilliant argument ^^
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LiliWrites Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks! :D
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Wonderfully written :love:

Congratulations my friend on your DD Feature :iconheartpurpleplz:

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Thank you Jo! :tighthug:
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You are very welcome my friend :iconsquishhugplz:
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Amazing job...
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Thanks! :)
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Welcome ^-^
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Fantastic. Everyone needs to read this and take it to heart.
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LiliWrites Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
:heart: Thank you!
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lucylollipop89 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012
I really love this article. Bullying is a terrible thing that happens every day. I have a friend on dA and she get's bullied pretty much everyday, just because she's "weird". (That's what she said when I asked about why they we're bullying her so badly that she got to the point that she was very upset.) Even her older brother gets picked on. But I give him good advice, despite I'm younger than him. "We cannot completely eliminate the problems that we have, but we can prevent it from happening to a victim who just might pass it on, like a line of dominoes falling down, one after another, but it never ends."
I really don't know why people don't even give a CHANCE to understand what lesbian and gay actually means and they assume what the words mean. (In other words, lots of stereotypes everywhere these days.) Who said that love can only be made by a male and female? You can't proof that love can only happen between a male and a female. Love is an emotion that humans feel towards others (Anyone and everything that person cares about so much.), not just the opposite gender. "Love is love, that is all~" I feel really bad for those who get bullied and commit suicide. Nobody deserves it. The effects of bullying is like a piece of paper that was crumbled up and folded back out again. That paper is (somewhat) flattened out, but the marks from you crumbling it is still there. No matter what you do to make that paper back to the way it was before, you cannot change it back.

No matter who you are, what you support, and what you believe, you need to get to know each other and know the facts rather than assume things about other people that you might think they're different. Everyone is supposed to be different. If everyone were the same, it makes life interesting and fun and life wouldn't be boring, right? ^w^

(If you read all of this, you deserve a cookie~ :cookie:)
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Seriously, you gave your brother some great advice. It really is all about making sure that you treat everyone else with the same respect and kindness that you would like to be treated with. It changes hearts when people see that. :hug: Good on you!
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lucylollipop89 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012
Actually, I was talking about my friend's older brother. XP (I don't even have a brother. Only a younger sister.)
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I thoroughly enjoyed reading your essay. Have you thought about sending this to Rachel Maddow on MSNBC? She has a 9:00 show, and I think she would shed more light on this serious issue. Everyone needs to know; not just us artists.
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LiliWrites Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I watch Rachel. Do you really think she'd see it? :B She's pretty busy with the campaign and stuff lol.
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Kurokawa-Hatake Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
I think so! She's very politically and socially conscious. Go ahead and email her! :)
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neurotype Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I am trying to think of a clever argument for some fun discussion times, but I agree with too much of this :stare:

Yeah, I do want there to be more attention to other kinds of bullying. Actually, I'd just like to see more emphasis on the fact that bullies will take anything as an excuse--even something as fucking stupid as age--to harass someone, and that each person has a network they can reach out to and share experiences and ideas with. Spirit Day needs to exist. So does a different day for each community (which I guess is a thing in October? didn't know about that).
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LiliWrites Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I'm sorry to have stumped your clever argumentativeness. :stare:

Yeah, October is Bullying Prevention Month. It was set up in 2006 and there are all sorts of events in schools all across the country to bring awareness and education to the problem. :nod: Its pretty fantastic, and I rather wish there'd been something like that when I was in school.
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neurotype Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Seriouslydude. :P

Oooo.

I think kids do need to learn how to deal with negativity to some extent, but negativity and constant harassment are not the same thing. So yeah, this kind of thing is important.

Also, how about figuring why bullying happens in the first place D:<
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If you thought being bullied over age was bad, my mother said that another bratty girl in highschool bullied her simply because she wore stockings. :I

"Hey, you think you're so tough, wearing stockings like that, huh?"

It's so enraging to see what petty 'reasons' bullies give.
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neurotype Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, I got shit for wearing undershirts! The girl doing it didn't wear anything at all...I have no idea why I didn't say anything back.
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Pfft. Dude, wearing undershirts is so, so much better than pretty much whoring yourself out for all to see. Parents really need to pick up their game, there are so many snobby and bratty children. Especially these days.

When I was volunteering at a Boys and Girls Club (A club for children), instead of any of the little five or four yearold girls talking about Teletubies or Barney or Barbie, they were talking about how super excited they were to watch the new Jersey Shore episode tonight! When I heard that I kinda just died a little inside. D:< They were already doing their hair, had pierced ears, wore more makeup than I did at the time, and had little booty shorts and tanktops on. I swear, I really want to just smack so many parents.
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neurotype Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I know, right?!

Yeah, what the fuck.
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It's quite disgusting. :I Did you know that now the average age for a girl to lose her virginity or to think of losing it is about the age of twelve/thirteen? And now there are girls at the age of eleven who are already going on birth control. Man, the USA sucks.
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neurotype Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeeeah.

It's not only a problem in the US, though.
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I know. D: I hear Russia is worse than the US. So many angry drunks in Russia.
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This is the most touching and honest article I have, and probably will ever, read. I feel like you could really help people with this. I'm sure you already have. Thank you for sharing this with everyone. I'm prepared to begin those steps. You have truly changed me with this. I'm not sure how, but I'm going to change. Definitely. I can't thank you enough.
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LiliWrites Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
:tighthug: Wow. That's the best response I could have hoped for. I hope your path forward proves rewarding to you. :heart:
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Thank you. I hope it does too :) :hug:
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Ashrazan Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012
I'm afraid your comment "Suicide is a mystery." is something I do not agree with. There are a lot of people who have contemplated suicide and only fear has stopped them from actually killing themselves. Not everyone who is alive has the same strength of life or that drive to live. I believe that those who have been through those moments where suicide makes sense but have chosen against it, are needed to show others that what they are feeling/experiencing at that time of their lives is only a narrow part of reality.

Thank you for mentioning bias against Christians. It seems everyone wishes to either call us idiots or haters without once looking at us as people.

Standing up for someone else, especially if there are several voices, I believe is one of the most effective ways to stop bullying. Bullies thrive on the fear or apathy of crowds who approve their actions by not doing anything.
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LiliWrites Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I'm one of those people who have contemplated suicide. It remains a mystery because I still found a reason to live. Most people who fail at it do so because they still have a reason to live (or medical intervention comes in time). All that said, I didn't include my personal experiences in the article because I wanted to focus on what can be done to prevent/stop bullying more than anything else.

Agreed on the rest. I'm an atheist, but I have too many wonderful friends who are Christians to ever put a stereotype on someone just for having faith.
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Ashrazan Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012
I see, thank you for your response...
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...First off I wanna thank you for pointing out to people that its not just gays we need to tolerate but its also the stereotypes. Honestly sometimes Im afraid to admit Im Christian or Republican because Im afraid of people ranting at me for being a hater when I didnt do anything, Im really sick of it. Hate in any form is bad. Also I dont get why if a straight person says they hate gays they get a whole lot of shit thrown at them (even though thats understandable and sorry about the language Im just trying to make a point here) but when a gay person says they hate straight people nobody gives a damn. And even though its not the same thing as being gay Im still afraid of being hated and judged for who I am. So thanks for summing it all up in a wonderafully written way, and lets all hope all haye ends one day.
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