Spirit Day hits Savannah

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Last year, the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) began the tradition of wearing purple for Spirit Day. The reason behind this was to raise awareness for LGBT youth that are victims of bullying, and specifically those who had taken their own lives.

According to GLAAD's website, millions of Americans wore purple today and one local LGBT advocate explains why.

"It's the idea that everyone should feel included in their community and feel like their community is a safe place to be," said Chris Brown.

Brown was involved in the GaySavannah.com Night Out at the Bohemian Hotel in downtown Savannah, which coincidentally fell on Spirit Day this year.

Brown said he struggled as a gay youth in high school and understands why this day is so important.

But he also said he doesn't want Spirit Day to just be limited to the LGBT community.

"Spirit day should really be everyday of the year because everyday should be a day to embrace the people around you, the differences in all of us and make those differences part of the conversation."

A conversation that Brown hopes will continue for the better.

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