Why #SpiritDay Matters

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October 15th is Spirit Day, a day to go purple and show that you support LGBT youth – and SHIFT NC is proud to be an official participant.

SHIFT NC exists to help young people grow up healthy, specifically by helping adults understand and support adolescent sexual health. This includes making North Carolina a safer, more inclusive, more supportive place for LGBT youth.

Nearly 1 in 5 North Carolina middle school students and 1 in 10 high school students have been the target of bullying because someone thinks they’re lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender.

The national data is more thorough and similarly disturbing:

  • More than 75% of LGBT youth experience some sort of harassment at school.
  • More than half experience harassment from a teacher or school administrator.
  • Most LGBT students who experience harassment at school don’t report it because they fear that it’ll be ineffective – or worse.

We’re committed to helping make North Carolina a better place for our LGBT youth, on #SpiritDay and beyond.

As a part of this year-round commitment, we:

  • Train school personnel all across North Carolina on how to be an ally to LGBT youth
  • Help schools develop strong policies, practices, and procedures to prevent and respond to bullying
  • Work with health educators and healthcare providers to help them understand that LGBT youth need the same access to confidential, nonjudgmental information and health care – including contraceptive access – that all young people need
  • Work to make health information and health education inclusive

We hope you’ll join us by signing on to go purple today and showing LGBT youth that they have your care and support. 


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