High Spirits: LGBT Anti-Bullying Supporters Go Purple

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DALLAS -- If you don’t know, October 16 is Spirit Day. Folks all over the country are going purple to stand up against bullying in the LGBT youth community.

According to GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network), most of the LGBT students in Texas say they've been victimized at school because of their sexual orientation.

For most students, it’s verbal harassment – four out of 10 say it’s gotten physical.

And so begins the domino effect.

"Maybe they don't feel safe to be at school, maybe they can't be who they are,” Rapael McDonnell said. McDonnell is the Communications and Advocacy Manager for the Resource Center in Dallas. "Part of the challenge within that, is that some of these youth feel that they can't report these particular bullying incidents."

Hey, it’s time to put a stop to this, and give a voice to those who don’t feel like they have one. Celebs like Laverne Cox and Ellen DeGeneres are showing their support on social media.

It’s hard to reverse the damage that bullying can cause.

So here’s hoping the outpouring from purple supporters can have a positive effect and raise even the lowest spirit.