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Spirit Day creator finalist in Seventeen Mag contest

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Seventeen Magazine has selected the teenage straight ally who founded the Spirit Day event supporting gay and trans students as one of five finalists among the thousands who entered its annual Pretty Amazing contest.

Brittany McMillan says she was shocked when the call came a couple weeks ago letting her know she’d made it to the home stretch in the contest, which would put her—and her cause—on the cover of Seventeen.

McMillan: “It was actually the editor in chief of Seventeen Magazine, Ann Shoket. And she was like, ‘Hey, guess what, you won.’ And I’m a huge fan of Seventeen Magazine, and I know who Ann Shoket is. So I was sitting in my bedroom, kind of crying.”

In addition to a glamour shot on the magazine’s cover, the Vancouver native would also get a 20-thousand dollar college scholarship. Online voting is at Seventeen’s Pretty Amazing page.

McMillan launched Spirit Day two years ago, after a rash of gay teen suicides appeared in the media. She says the first time out, an estimated two million people wore purple to show opposition to homophobic bullying and support for the LGBT community. She says last year, some three million people are thought to have worn purple, and done much more, as well.

McMillan: “They had events at their schools or rallies. I know at my school in particular we did a flash mob and we had face painting and all sorts of announcements and we got all the classrooms to watch videos from the It Gets Better project.”

Spirit Day this year is scheduled for October 19th.

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Written by Tim Curran

June 26, 2012 at 4:56 PM

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