I’m rocking my purple in GLBT solidarity….
When Tammy Aaberg wears her purple T-shirt that says “End the Hate” on Wednesday, she’ll be thinking of her son Justin. He killed himself after he was bullied at school for being gay.
She is joining hundreds of thousands of young people across the USA who will be wearing purple Wednesday to call attention to the deaths of six youths who committed suicide after they were bullied or harassed because they were gay or were thought to be gay.
And want to note a couple of things:
- The queer teen of color, Aiyisha Hassan, 19, Howard University student, who also killed herself but of whom there is little mention in the mainstream media
- Not only is suicide an issue but the continued violence against glbt folk is staggering especially against those who identify as transgender. Transgender Day of Rememberance (November 20th) is in another month & straight allies need to support this too.
Til then: #itgetsbetter