NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Thursday marks Spirit Day, when people are urged to wear purple in solidarity with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender kids.
Spirit Day, organized by the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, has drawn the support of celebrities, corporations and television shows in recent years. The initiative is aimed at ending bullying.
James Clementi, whose younger brother Tyler killed himself after being spied on during a sexual encounter in his Rutgers University dorm room, said Spirit Day is important.
“They can feel very alone in the school environment and I think that’s the most important thing about Spirit Day is you’re really sending a message to those kids that they are not alone,” Clementi told WCBS 880’s Jim Smith.