Rash of Hate Crimes Spark Purple Thursdays

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A rash of violence against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning, Intersex and Asexual individuals in Boise has left some citizens stunned and others feeling empowered to take action. One way supporters are taking action is through Boise Loves.

Boise Loves is a local movement to expose anti-gay hate crimes, which activists believe are under-reported and taken less seriously than other crimes.

As a show of solidarity with the LGBTQIA community, Boise Loves is encouraging supporters to wear purple this Thursday, Oct. 20, as part of Spirit Day.

After Rutgers University student Tyler Clementi committed suicide last year, a teenage advocate created Spirit Day, which encourages people to wear purple to speak up for young LGBTQIA people who have committed suicide. Activists and supporters embraced Spirit Day by denouncing hate crimes and bullying of LGBTQIA individuals, and by celebrating gay rights and community. The color purple was chosen because it represents "spirit" in the rainbow flag.

Anyone wishing to be part of Boise Loves and Spirit Day's message of solidarity and support should don lavender, violet or any shade of purple this Thursday.