Spirit Day 2011

 

Spirit Day

It’s Spirit Day (click to learn more), and in support of the LGBT community, many people wore purple shirts. Me, I can’t really wear purple. My skin gets an orange tint around too much purple… so I bought a tie instead.

Why do we need to support the LGBT community? Are you Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Transgender? I’m not any of those things, but I remember the rumors when I was in high school. The kid who just killed himself? It’s because he was gay, and he couldn’t handle what people were saying about him. I remember listening to his best friend playing the bassoon at the end of the music corridor all day long… every time I walked by, the music was pouring out of this kid’s friend. A funeral dirge that lasted an entire day.

It was awful.

I think it’s better today, but we still have a way to go. LGBT kids are often confronted by intolerance, and that’s only IF they feel like they can admit that they are different. A lot of them pour their energy into hiding their true selves… so while they should be preparing for adulthood, and learning as much as they can, they instead spend their time trying to cloak their identities.

If I can help show support by wearing purple, guess what? I’m wearing purple.

You know what’s cool? I work for a company where we have a networking group that supports the LGBT community (I am a proud member). My step-daughter is a member of a group at her high school that promotes tolerance, too.

It gets better.

Photo information, for those who care. The flash is an SB700 shot through an umbrella, top right, very close to model. The camera is a Nikon D90 with a Nikkor 105mm lens at 1/200, f/20.0, ISO 200.

Comments

  1. I have to definitely check the link here and I know I can learn a lot from it. Thanks a lot!!

  2. Very nice suit. Is this a picture of you James? I never thought there is a community like LGBT and I’m quite interested to know more about their cause and vision,

  3. Nice suit! I would love to put a purple necktie even if its not a spirit day, lets eliminate discrimination.

  4. Well, I’ll be sure to show my support as well! I’ve been wearing purple shirts even pink! And as you said, if you can show your support by wearing purple, then so will I!

  5. I applaud you for supporting the LGBT community. I have many, many friends who live that lifestyle and even though it’s obviously a lot more accepted nowadays, there are still many obstacles they face. It always makes me really happy to know there are people who support people like my friends, they have the right to live their lives any way they see fit. Btw the picture looks really great. :) I love purple- the color of royalty!

  6. I wear purple and I like it. if it does by with your skin color I think it is very stylish to have some purple in your look. And most of people who disapprove it, just are afraid of putting the purple on or of supporting the ideas that are supposed to be a taboo.

  7. Wow… beautiful picture! I love purple it is such a royal color! I am also impressed that you have noticed that your skin looks orange around purple… spoken like a true photographer.

  8. Looking snazzy! The pattern and color on that tie is so nice and i’m glad you wore it for a good reason. :)

  9. This is so sad! Things like this happens to some especially at an early stage of life. The very foundation for this understanding of knowing the he/she seemed different would be the acceptance of his own family and most of all how the community reacts to this. I just wish that since this is such an open book now in almost all states that people will learn to respect the LGBT people for who and what they are.

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  11. Looking good in purple! Thank you for showing your support so publicly. I am also neither L, G, B, or T, but tolerance is an extremely important message. It’s tragic that so many members of the LGBT community can’t be their true selves.

  12. Nice tie – you wear it well!
    Nice idea for wearing purple as well – glad people like you are in the world!

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