In response to a startling number of recent suicides by gay teens, writer Dan Savage started the It Gets Better Project in September. It has quickly amassed videos from queers around the world, as well as contributions from celebrities, religious figures, and even President Obama. Following up on the popularity of the project, GLAAD launched Spirit Day, setting October 20th as a day for queers and allies to show support for queer youth by wearing purple.
Canada, not to be outdone by Katie Couric and Ryan Seacrest, has gotten into the spirit of things as well. The staff of Xtra, the hosts of Vancouver’s OutTV, and students at Carleton University released “It Gets Better” videos, and the on air hosts of Toronto’s ProudFM showed up at work in their best purple frocks.
Worried that you missed your shot to show off your best purple sweater? This Wednesday, October 27th, Toronto’s Ryerson University will be hosting It Gets Better Because We Make It Better
Head to the atrium of the Ryerson Engineering Building at 245 Church Street from 5 to 7PM on October 27th, and join in an evening of storytelling, performance, and remembrance. And don’t forget to wear purple!
Help promote the event around town. Download the event poster here [pdf]