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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Wore Purple Today, Spirit Day

October 20, 2010

This is what leadership looks like:

President Barack Obama meets with his national security team for his regular monthly meeting on Afghanistan and Pakistan in the Situation Room of the White House, Oct. 20, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

What’s the significance of purple today? Well, it’s October 20th:

Wednesday Oct. 20 is Spirit Day, the day that the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation is asking people to “Go Purple” to call attention to the deaths of six teenagers who committed suicide after reportedly being taunted because they were gay.


GLAAD says they hope the “Go Purple” event will show other lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered youth who face the same pressures and bullying that there is a vast community of people who support them, as well as give a chance to remember those who, like Tyler, have fallen victim to bullying and felt that suicide was their only way out.

One of those being remembered is Justin Aaberg, of Fridley, Minn., a Twin Cities suburb, who was 15 when he hung himself in his room July 9. His last Facebook post said, “If you really knew me, no one would like me,” his mother, Tammy, told USA Today.

“We are losing too many kids. This has been kept silent for too long,” says Aaberg, 36, who said that when she wears her purple T-shirt that says “End the Hate” on Wednesday, she’ll be thinking of her son Justin, according to the paper.

GLAAD’s website features a “Wear Purple” page allowing people to turn their profile pictures purple on Facebook or Twitter.

The color was selected because purple symbolizes “spirit” on the rainbow flag, a symbol for LGBT pride that was created by Gilbert Baker in 1978.

Do you think it’s a coincidence she is wearing purple today? I don’t.

9 Comments leave one →
  1. SpfcMarcus permalink
    October 20, 2010 8:08 pm

    Now THAT is cool!

    I guess what’s his name couldn’t find anything purple in his closet? Not even a tie?

  2. Thain permalink
    October 20, 2010 8:14 pm

    Woo hoo! Just saw your Tweet Stacy, as did about a thousand other people- it keeps getting re-tweeted so now everyone knows who the real leader in this administration is.

    I agree SpfcMarcus- Obama can’t even be bothered to make a statement in support of people’s efforts to end discrimination and bullying? It’s like he doesn’t care about anything.

  3. Tovah permalink
    October 20, 2010 8:22 pm

    Real class. No doubt about it.

    Obama, not so much.

  4. October 21, 2010 6:23 am

    Cuz we all know there’s no such thing as a purple tie in DC……

    Yeah. Right.

  5. fif permalink
    October 21, 2010 9:47 am

    Her consistent leadership–in many forms–is undeniable. She actually STANDS for things, and is not afraid to put it out there and take the heat if necessary, unlike other unprincipled, vacillating ‘leaders.’

  6. Carolyn-Rodham permalink
    October 21, 2010 8:39 pm

    American royalty — used to be the Kennedys, now the Clintons

  7. April 4, 2013 1:47 pm

    We need to stop talking about gay and lesbian issues and just give them all the rights they deserve.


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