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Purple banner day: Dan Choi reenlists, Google releases 'It Gets Better' video, people don purple

A soldier guards a door as Dan Choi fills out reenlistment documents in Times Square. (Bebeto Matthews/AP)

On the heels of a major coup for the "It Gets Better Campaign, and the day Dan Choi reenlisted in the Army, thousands of people are celebrating "Spirit Day" by wearing purple to show their solidarity for the LGBT anti-bullying movement.

Choi, despite being a year over the age limit, seems to have passed basic requirements for reenlistment. He tweeted a photo of his application, on which he wrote: "I do not intend to lie about my identity or family in any portion of my service." He also tweeted a reminder to wear purple on Oct. 20.


Seretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton announced her support for the "It Gets Better Campaign" yesterday, and today Google released its own video:

The Facebook page for Spirit Day has 1,635,869 attendees. Twitter avatars are being switched over to a purple shade. A Flickr group has started collecting images of people wearing purple.

Are you wearing purple today? Does this day matter to you?

By Melissa Bell  | October 20, 2010; 12:19 PM ET
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Choi filled out an application to enlist, Choi did not enlist. That is a huge difference, and a distinction that was wasted on the author of this blog.

Posted by: screwjob22 | October 20, 2010 5:34 PM | Report abuse

Yes, I did wear purple, and so did my wife.

Posted by: Alex511 | October 20, 2010 7:06 PM | Report abuse

I may not be the sharpest knife in the drawer, but somehow I don't think gay teenagers wearing purple to school is going to do much to deter bullies.

Since 99 percent of bullies are cowards who'll back off the minute someone stands up to them, we should have a national "Bust a Bully in the Chops" day instead.

Posted by: Ralphinjersey | October 21, 2010 8:58 AM | Report abuse

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