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!
Filed under: Katie the Star Wars girl, May the force be with the Princess Leah, My Princess Boy, Pigtail Pals--Redefining Girly, Sarah Hoffman, Standing in the Shadows, Star Wars, ThinkGeek, Uncategorized