Unity Day: October 20, 2021!
Unity Day is a day targeting primary school (elementary school) aged youth with the goal of combatting bullying. The programs and curriculums encourage unity (working together) for acceptance, inclusion and kindness. The lesson being that no one should ever experience bullying!
In 2003, the curriculum “Is Your Child a Target of Bullying? Intervention Strategies for Parents of Children with Disabilities” was launched. In 2006, the National Bullying Prevention Center was established with an online program of resources available.
Orange is the encouraged color to be worn on Unity Day!
Spirit Day: October 21, 2021!
Spirit Day was first observed on October 20, 2010, and was initiated by Brittany McMillan, a Canadian student. She launched the occasion through FaceBook. Her goal was to raise awareness of the rising number of suicides among teens and young adults based on their actual or perceived sexual orientation.
She conceived of the campaign by the wearing of the color purple on this day – one of the colors of the rainbow flag that signified the “spirit” ideal.
Several years ago, the observance of Spirit Day became anchored on the third Thursday in October, annually.
Bare practitioners are encouraged to use body paint to create a purple awareness ribbon on their body! If you can’t wear one, paint it on! Show your “spirit!”
I remember the very first Spirit Day. Aaron, my spouse, and I were living together – marriage equality was just a hope at that time – and when we learned of the event, we together made almost 500 purple ribbons in honor of the occasion. Our plan was to evenly divide the ribbons for distribution at his job (a hospital) and my workplace (the university).
We were both uncertain as to the response at our worksites. Using our home computers, we created an information invitation flyer announcing the free purple ribbon availability for Spirit Day to combat bullying against GLBTQ+ people (real or suspected).
We were both impressed with the reactions at our places of employment! Every single ribbon we had made was taken! This despite the fact that a large number of students in my classes and fellow staff at Aaron’s hospital were actually already wearing the color purple!
An awesome revolution against sexual orientation bullying!
Take care and stay bare!
Roger Poladopoulos/ReNude Pride
Author’s Note: The next post entry planned for here is on Friday, October 22, 2021, and the proposed topic is: “Body Painting!”