Despite being mass-marketed, observances like Spirit Day serve an important purpose and should be recognized, blogger Wes Janisen writes. Although many view Spirit Day as an ineffective way to prevent LGBT bullying, it is important to show solidarity with victims and remind them that they are not alone. "Wearing purple on Spirit Day shows the world that not only are you a person who refuses to tolerate bullying, harassment, or hate crimes of any kind, but you are a person who supports and loves others, just as they are,” Janisen writes.

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