Over at Long Island’s Great Neck South High School, a model Gay-Straight Alliance is standing up against homophobia today with a “Wear Purple Day” event.
Meher Zaman, an 11th grader at the school—and an out lesbian—is leading the charge.
“Students are standing in solidarity and uniting against homophobia at our high school by wearing purple,” she says. “We will also be handing out wristbands to people and culminating awareness against homophobia by speaking to other students about such issues in health classrooms.”
The color purple is also used on Spirit Day, October 20, to commemorate LGBT kids who have committed suicide.
Zaman says her group created the sweatshirts to help brand their cause and sold them in the school’s lobby several weeks ago for $15 each. “We want to create an environment of comfort for all students regardless of sexual orientation by promoting not merely tolerance but true acceptance.”
If only more adults could be as open-minded and more GSA as outspoken as this.