Long time blog readers know I am all about the color purple but tomorrow there’s a special reason to sport one of my favorite colors. Over 1 million people have pledged on Facebook to Wear Purple on October 20 to take a stand against homophobic bullying. I hope you'll join us.
The Wear Purple campaign was inspired by the recent spate of suicides by US teens, who were bullied and ostracized because of their sexual orientation. Given my family's experience with suicide and my dedication to the Trevor Project, the deaths of these babies has WRECKED me.
Luckily I've had an outlet to do something about it. In early July, along with my dear friend and coworker Lashes and 20 other Trevor Project supporters, I helped create The L.A. Trevor Young Professionals Collective. Our group opted to focus on an awareness/fundraising campaign aimed at giving kids all over the country hope.
In the end, our goal was to reclaim a time in life that was challenging for most of us---straight and gay alike. We wanted to create an affirming event for the LA community and use photos from that event to prove to kids all over that it gets better (love Dan Savage!)
We wanted to show them they can find a community. They can belong. They can have fabulously wonderful adulthoods. They just have to get through this moment.