Taking a Stand Against Bullying

National Spirit Day was conceptualized in 2010 by a high school student, and has become an international movement of solidarity and support against bullying in the LGBTQ+ community. This year, our Kaleidoscope program invited The Help Group’s schools to participate in the 2019 National Spirit Day and spoke about the importance of fostering safe spaces for their LGBTQ+ youth.

Nationally, 7 out of 10 LGBTQ+ students reportedly experience harassment while at school. By inviting students, teachers, administrators, and staff to participate by wearing purple on October 17th, Kaleidoscope and The Help Group sent a strong message of support to the LGBTQ+ and allied students, while taking a firm stance against bullying.

About the author

Bryan Scheihing is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who provides individual, group, and family therapy support with the Kaleidoscope program as well as working in the community to promote positive institutional support of LGBTQ+ individuals.  He has dedicated his professional life to helping provide affirmative support to members of the LGBTQ+ community by promoting awareness, acceptance, empowerment, and equality while also helping individuals realize their potential and achieve their goals.  Interested in receiving Kaleidoscope services?  Contact Bryan at KaleidoscopeLGBTQ@thehelpgroup.org.