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Purple Pride



    Students choice in wardrobe came had a special meaning Wednesday. (Published Thursday, Oct. 21, 2010)

    If notice people wearing purple today, it doesn't mean they aren't Giants fans.  Wednesday has been declared "Spirit Day" in response to recent gay teen bullying.  Some of the case have ended with people committing suicide.

    There are hundreds of students participating in the day at San Mateo's Aragon High School. Students say they want to show support gay, lesbian and transgender students.

    Jason Galisatus is a 17-year-old senior and president of the school's Gay-Straight Alliance. He says he's happy to see some 200 students at his school participate.  "For a school of 1,500 students, that's pretty good," Galisatus told Bay City News.

    He said bullying of openly gay students does happen at his school.  He says it is mostly verbal taunts. "I was just contacted about an instance of bullying yesterday,"  Galisatus said. "Unfortunately, it does exist."

    The purple shirt wearing is happening across the country and was announced through social networking sites like Facebook.

    In fact, on Facebook thousands of people are changing their status messages and profile pictures in honor of spirit day.