On Spirit Day – Something inside so strong

The time has come. It is a small symbolic gesture but in some ways it is much  more than that. If you are a LGBT kid in school and you see a teacher or other student wearing purple today you know you have allies. People you can talk to if someone is making you feel like less of a person.

When an LGBT kid  walks down the street and sees people in purple they know they are not alone. That is important when you are a kid wrestling with the idea that you are alone in the universe and often afraid to tell your family in case they think you are a freak or think you are going to hell because of misguided religion.

When you wear purple on Spirit Day you are honoring the lives of kids who were driven to killing themselves for committing the audacious act of just living and being who they are. The fact is that LGBT kids don’t have the support systems other kids have and are much more likely to try to commit suicide out of hopelessness – out of a fear that there is no future happiness awaiting them.

When you wear purple on October 20, 2010 you are telling all bullied kids and especially LGBT kids that they have to be strong and brave despite the hatred they see – because the hopes of millions for a brighter tomorrow rests on their little and almost broken shoulders. On Spirit Day, and every day, we want these kids to know that are special, valuable and important.  Wear purple.

I can find  no more empowering song  to dedicate to these kids than Labi Siffre’s Something Inside So Strong which was written to protest Apartheid.  There isn’t even a need to change a single word of the lyrics.  The song and full lyrics are below …

The higher you build your barriers
The taller I become
The farther you take my rights away
The faster I will run
You can deny me
You can decide to turn your face away
No matter, cos there's....

Something inside so strong
I know that I can make it
Tho' you're doing me wrong, so wrong
You thought that my pride was gone
Oh no, something inside so strong
Oh oh oh oh oh something inside so strong


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6 Comments to “On Spirit Day – Something inside so strong”

  1. Heyyy… I didn’t think of that! That kids in school would see me and feel they aren’t alone! Good…

  2. I am wearing purple today and agree with every word of this post. I was, however, taken aback by the comment to Apartheid though. I am South African and recently read ‘Moffie’ (an Afrikaans word meant to belittle gay men). It is about young gay men in the army during Apartheid. And then you mention this song… Thank you for this post!

  3. Bullies are intolerant of contrary opinion, domineering and rather cowardly, Stand Up to Bullying! Wear Purple!.

    An animation to raise awareness on the issue of Bullying within schools..

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