10-15-2010 Spirit Day – Spirit Day began in 2010 as a way to show support for LGBT youth and take a stand against bullying. Following a string of high-profile suicide deaths of gay teens in 2010. High school student, Brittany McMillan started the movement, which was then promoted by GLAAD. GLAAD worked to involve millions of teachers, workplaces, celebrities, media outlets and students in going purple on social media or wearing purple, a color that symbolizes spirit on the rainbow flag. As the founder of Spirit Day, Brittany McMillan was named one of The Advocate’s 40 Under 40.
10-15-2015 The Federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration released a report calling for the end to the practice of “conversion therapy” for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth. Senior advisor Valerie Jarrett stated, “It’s not our job to tell parents how to raise their children. But it is our responsibility to provide parents with the scientific evidence necessary in order for them to make the best possible decisions when raising children. We do strongly believe that young people should be valued for who they are, no matter what they look like, where they’re from, the gender with which they identify or who they love.” Many health organizations have rejected conversion therapy as well, with many concluding that it can cause significant physical and psychological harm.”