“We’re all in this together. You have the power to change this by being more accepting, more compassionate. You’re not alone.” – Olivia BensonGLAAD Spirit Day is today. Remember to wear purple to take a stand against bullying by sending a message of solidarity and acceptance for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) youth. Visit glaad.org/spiritday for more info.
The amount of negative stigma that often times comes out after the disclosure of a sexual assault, the report of bullying, speaking out after a violent attack, etc., is definitely sad. In my own past experiences I too would rather keep silent after times of negative experiences such as these, but that did more harm to me than good. Through my moments of struggling I would have benefited from knowing that I wasn’t facing those kinds of things alone, and nowadays the best thing to do is be open and accepting of everyone and their situations no matter what. By doing so, we help create a safer environment for those facing hardships so they feel more comfortable talking about these things. As the saying goes, acceptance is the solution to all things today.
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