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Day of Purple puts the focus on bullying

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Spirit Day - The Day of Purple candlelight vigil takes place at 7pm on Thursday, October 17, 2013 at Emery Barnes Park in Yaletown.

QMUNITY Gab Youth, a support group for LGBTQ youth 25 years of age and under, will once again participate in Spirit Day, The Day of Purple with a candlelight vigil on October 17, 2013.

Spirit Day - The Day of Purple candlelight vigil takes place at 7pm on Thursday, October 17, 2013 at Emery Barnes Park in Yaletown.

Spirit Day – The Day of Purple candlelight vigil takes place at 7pm on Thursday, October 17, 2013 at Emery Barnes Park in Yaletown.

In collaboration with the Trans Youth Drop-In, QMUNITY Gab Youth will honour and remember youth who have suffered and are still suffering from bullying with a candlelight vigil at 7pm on Thursday, October 17, 2013 at Emery Barnes Park in Yaletown.

Founded by Surrey teen Brittany McMillan in 2010, Spirit Day takes place each October with people across North America wearing purple to show their support for LGBTQ youth and to speak out against homophobic and transphobic bullying. McMillan wanted to take a stand against bullying and commemorate the youth who lost their lives to suicide.

The end of the summer is a particularly important time to highlight the impact of homophobic and transphobic bullying as many students return to school at this time, with the first six weeks of any new school year having the highest suicide rates for youth.

Spirit Day – Day of Purple Candlelight Vigil

Thursday, October 17, 2013 at 7pm.  Emery Barnes Park, Seymour and Davie Streets.  Visit http://qmunity.ca for more information.

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