Photo Contest for Anti-bullying Wear Star Wars Share Star Wars Day Tomorrow

Photo Contest for Anti-bullying Wear Star Wars Share Star Wars Day Tomorrow

On Friday, December 13, 2013, we invite you to celebrate the fourth annual Wear Star Wars Share Star Wars Day, an affirmation of geek pride and a stance against bullying.

  1. Wear something Star Wars or science fiction-related.
  2. Donate a Star Wars or science fiction toy to a child in need (but please 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 charitable organization collecting toys.

Join the Wear Star Wars Share Star Wars on Facebook

CONTEST:

Take a picture of yourself in your Star Wars gear, with the new toy you will be donating, and post it to the event page and on Twitter using the tag #WSWSSW2013.  You can also share it on the Portrait of an Adoption Facebook page.

If you are observing the day as the broader Proud To Be Me Day, you can take a picture of yourself in whatever you are wearing, along with the new toy you are donating, and you can post that!

For example, our local elementary school is hosting the day as Proud To Be Me Day, and my 6-yr-old is planning to wear her favorite Abraham Lincoln shirt, since her passion is our 16th President.  Katie, who inspired the event, is planning to wear her Star Wars pajamas, effectively sneaking a pajama day into the whole shebang.

Anyway, I will choose three winners based on the creativity of the outfits, the pose, and the toys being donated.  Each winner will receive a signed copy of Bullied, signed by both me and Katie.

Bullied paperback cover

Background for the newbies:

This amazing event originated in November of 2010, when the international community of Star Wars fans rallied to defend my first-grade daughter Katie, who was being taunted by the boys at school because she was a girl who loved Star Wars.  The support was instant and effusive, and Katie quickly regained her confidence as a Star-Wars-loving female. Some of the most vocal supporters came from the 501st Legion.

Aided by the speed and ease of social media, the Geeks and Star Wars fans sent Katie’s story zipping around the globe.  Your voices have been passionate and compassionate, and we have heard from thousands of you.  I included some of your letters to Katie in my book, Bullied. You know what it is like to be taunted and teased, and you also have learned your own resilience and strength.

And then, in September of 2012, nearly two years later, we came full circle, and our family had a chance to stand up for the 501st Legion. The Star Wars fans as a group were hurt and outraged when they became the target of a taunting online slideshow featured on news websites. The slideshow featured pictures of people in costume attending Star Wars Celebration VI. The captions were cruel, and many of the people in the photos were members of the 501st Legion. Katie and I were able to offer our support and encouragement to the very people who had been so kind to us. The Star Wars community is like that – we have each other’s backs.

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