Wear Purple Day commemorates LBGTQ teens


The university Gay-Straight Alliance adopted Wear Purple Day as an event within Pride Week, but identifying whether or not students wore purple in honor of the event was difficult, a member of the group said.

Carter Gilbert, audio-visual coordinator for the Brown-Lupton University Union, said Wear Purple Day was created to celebrate the lives of the LGBTQ youths who committed suicide because of sexual orientation. He said the idea was to wear purple to support those youths.

However, Gilbert said university homecoming activities made it difficult to identify whether or not students were wearing purple in honor of the event.

Jamal King, social coordinator of GSA, said the event was a nationwide movement Wednesday created to honor members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community.

At least 23 youths committed suicide because of pressures resulting from their sexual identity in September, he said.

Pride Week was created to spread awareness at the university about the LGBTQ community, King said.

Last night, students met for a candlelight vigil to commemorate the lives of the youth who committed suicide, GSA president Juan Martinez said. Today, Religious and Spiritual Life will host a campus video project in correlation with National Coming Out Day, which was Oct. 11. Martinez said students were invited to come into a video booth and tell about their experience and their faith.

The events will continue next week with Rude to Exclude on Tuesday, a forum about discrimination at 7 p.m. in Palko 130. The week concludes Wednesday with a surprise called Color in the Commons, Martinez said. Students are invited to leave their mark on the Campus Commons by showing up between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Participate in Pride Week:

True TCU: Campus video project

Campus Commons

11 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday

Rude to Exclude: A forum on discrimination

Location Palko 130

7 p.m. Tuesday

Color in the Commons: Surprise

Students invited to leave their mark on the Campus Commons

11 a.m.- 2 p.m. Wednesday