October is Bullying Prevention Month and today is Spirit Day, a day started six years ago when Brittany McMillan asked people to wear purple, the color of "spirit" on the LGBTQ Pride Flag. Today, Spirit Day has grown into a massive campaign to stand up to bullying and support LGBTQ youth. Here are several places you can visit to celebrate Spirit Day every day:
The Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art: It’s the first museum dedicated to exhibiting and preserving LGBTQ art. Located in New York City, the museum has exhibitions, film screenings, plays, poetry readings, artist and curator talks, and panel discussions. Check out the Wooster St. Window Gallery, where you can see LGBTQ art from the street 24 hours a day. The Museum is located at 26 Wooster Street, in the SoHo neighborhood of New York City. Admission is always free, and hours are 12-6 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday and 12-8 p.m. on Thursday. The Museum is closed Monday and all major holidays.
The GLBT Historical Society: This Society, located on Market Street in downtown San Francisco, California, collects, preserves and interprets the history of GLBT people and the communities that support them. On Nov. 2 the society offers free admission.
The Pride Library: London, Ontario, Canada is home to the Pride Library, which helps to promote the achievements of queer folk throughout the centuries — in literature, art, music, film, philosophy, theology, law, journalism and medicine. The library was established in 1997 as an official research site at the University of Western Ontario and the Pride Library is a space where sexual diversity is celebrated.
The Museum of Tolerance: This museum specifically focuses on understanding the Holocaust, but also challenges visitors to confront all forms of prejudice and discrimination, so it’s worth a visit. It opened in 1993 and is located in Los Angeles, California.
The Schwules Museum: The Schwules Museum is located in Berlin and was founded in 1985. Visitors can see exhibitions, archival holdings, and numerous contributions to research. The exhibitions change often and take diverse approaches to lesbian, gay, trans, bisexual and queer biographies, themes and concepts in history, art and culture. One upcoming event is a discussion on lesbian and trans identities in a majority "cis" lesbian community. There will be short film selections as well.
The Legacy Walk in Chicago: Take a walk and read as much as you can on this dynamic outdoor LGBT history exhibit in the "Lakeview" neighborhood of Chicago. Right now it’s a half mile and includes 10 pairs of 25'-tall decorative "Rainbow Pylons" define the nexus of Chicago's LGBT community. According to the walk, the bronze memorial plaques commemorate the life and work of notable lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender individuals whose achievements have helped shape the world — but whose contributions, sexual orientation or gender identity have been overlooked, minimized or redacted entirely from most historic texts.
In 1991 the City of Chicago instituted the only Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame in the world. This year, the Legacy Walk welcomed two LGBTQ activist superstars– transgender icon Sylvia Rivera from the Stonewall Era, and gay film historian Vito Russo, who co-founded both Act-UP (AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power) and GLAAD (Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) – to the Legacy Walk.