October 20th is Spirit Day

If you visit Facebook today, or Twitter, or Tumblr, there's a good chance you'll be seeing purple.

October 20th is Spirit Day -- a celebration begun one year ago by a teenager named Brittany McMillan to honor the memory of young people who have taken their lives after being bullied.

It has become a day when people all over the world wear purple to show support for LGBT people and speak out against the bullying of LGBT teens.

In 2010, millions participated.

This year, the White House is going purple on Facebook, as well. You can also join the celebration by making your social networking icon purple, or just adding a statetment of support.

And October 20th is also a day to remember that it does get better.

Watch a message from President Obama here

Watch a message from Vice President Biden here

Hear how it gets better from White House staff here

Related Topics: Civil Rights