Wear Star Wars, Share Star Wars Day

Wear Star Wars, Share Star Wars Day

Last year, when first-grader Katie Goldman was taunted for being a girl who loved Star Wars, the Internet held a day of support for her and all the little geek girls who have had similar experiences.

Katie’s own school marked the day by calling it “Proud To Be Me Day”, where all children were invited to wear something that reflected their special interests, regardless of age or gender, in order to promote acceptance and break down stereotypes.

Please join us in the second annual Wear Star Wars, Share Star Wars event on December 16, 2011.  Celebrate this day of geek pride and anti-bullying by wearing something Star Wars or science fiction-related.

Since it is the holiday season, please also celebrate the day by donating a Star Wars or science fiction toy to a child in need (but be sure to put a post-it note on the new, unwrapped toy specifying that it can go to a girl or a boy; otherwise, these traditional "boy toys" will be given only to boys!)

You can bring the toy to a hospital, a shelter, or drop it off with any organization collecting toys.   Feel free to host a similar toy drive at your child’s school, although you could call it “Proud To Be Me Day”, like Katie’s school does, so that the reach goes beyond science fiction.

Here’s our goal:  let’s get Wear Star Wars, Share Star Wars to spread to as many people as possible!  Every time you read or write a blog post about the event or upload a photo of what you’ll be wearing, share it on Twitter with the hashtag #wearstarwarssharestarwars.

If you are on Facebook, you can join the event here.  Add your photos, blog post, or news stories about the event to the Facebook wall!  For example, Edison Collegiate High School in Fort Myers, Florida is holding a school-wide toy drive in conjunction with Wear Star Wars, Share Star Wars day, which I learned from reading about it on the Facebook page.

Please invite everyone you know to participate in this fun event.  Let’s support the unique interests of all our children while also bringing holiday cheer to those in need.

To learn more about the original situation with Katie, read here.  The page might be slow to load due to the huge number of comments.

If you have a little girl who wants to celebrate the 16th by wearing Star Wars clothes of her own, not just T-shirts that came from the boys’ department, check out Her Universe, which offers Star Wars clothes and community for female fans.

For those of you who have been following the ongoing saga of Leah Esquenazi, the awe-inspiring infant Star Wars fan (also known as the Princess Leah) who is suffering from a severe mysterious medical condition, you could also mark this day by making a donation to help with her medical expenses, which already exceed $2 million.   Please go here to learn more about this tiny girl's struggle for life and how to help.

I would like to give recognition and special thanks to the following online communities that have been continually supportive of Katie, my writing, and bullying prevention.  Portrait of an Adoption appreciates you!

ChicagoNow

Epbot

Pigtail Pals

GeekGirlCon

ThinkGeek

Star Wars

Her Universe

Hardy Girls Healthy Women

New Moon Girls

Babble

Portrait of an Adoption

Sarah Hoffman Writer

Standing in the Shadows

My Princess Boy

Wipeout Homophobia on Facebook

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  • Hi Carrie and Katie!

    Thank you so much for all you've done this year for the fangirl and sci-fi community! I am looking forward to Wear Star Wars, Share Star Wars Day and will do everything I can to spread the word. I have always beat to my own drum and I am proud to be me. Thank you for spreading the word that the best person to be is yourself!

    All my best,
    Ashley

  • In reply to AshleyEckstein:

    Thank you so much for the continued support, Ashley! We are very excited about Wear Star Wars, Share Star Wars Day. So glad you are helping to spread the word, and you should be very proud of beating to your own drum! By the way, Katie loves the shirts from Her Universe!

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    I represent the Edison Collegiate High School group, and we are very proud and honored to do our toy drive in conjunction with such a great event! My students are thrilled at the opportunity to be associated with such a great story... and they will even get me in my 501st outfit if they collect a specific amount! Keep up the great work and we will do our part down here in Southern Florida! Give Katie our best!
    Regards,
    Mr. Duda

  • In reply to Joseph Duda:

    Dear Mr. Duda,
    We are so glad your students are participating! What is your 501st costume? We love the 501st! They have been very good to Katie. Thank you for organizing Wear Star Wars, Share Star Wars day at your school. Carrie and Katie

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    Great idea! I hope a ton of people participate- it's great to get rid of these outdated gender ideals.

    Also, you may get a kick out of this:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LuCO2L1F4ho

    It's a recent episode of My Little Pony obviously parodying Star Wars (same episode as a deliberate Star Trek reference). I swear, this show is great for geeks! And breaking gender stereotypes!

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    I just wanted to say hi and thank your for everything that you and katie have done to say that being a fangirl is awesome. You definitely have my support and I am sharing Wear Star Wars Share Star Wars with my students. In addition a post will be going up on my blog today about it to help promote it to my readers.

    I am a Fangirl blogger that blogs and podcasts in support of being proud of our fandom. I wanted to share my blog and podcast with you so that you can share it with Katie. There is a new podcast out that talks about being a proud fangirl and it even has some clone wars cast interviews. I thought Katie would like it. www.fangirlnextdoor.com

    May the force be with you always!
    TeresaD2

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    i had forgot about reading about katie last year. i just bought a brand new starwars jacket, and it arrived today. i have been waiting to wear it for a week, i am holding the package and i have made a desicion to NOT WEAR IT UNTIL THE 16TH IN KATIE'S HONOR! YAY!

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    Hi Katie,
    We hope you enjoyed YOUR Day!!
    I wore my Star Wars shirt and I am going to share with you something very cool!
    Join us at www.facebook.com/jedicamp
    a webseries coming in 2012 about anti-bullying and Star Wars, starring kids who love Star Wars as much as you!!

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  • Hey Carrie Goldman. My name is Clara. And I was wondering if you could tell me the details about Proud To Be Me Day. You could email me at millerclara1@gmail.com. Thank you for your time. I think what you and Katie did was wonderful. Spread the message about anti bullying.

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