On Thursday October 20th everyone is encouraged to go purple & participate on social media for Spirit Day as a sign of support for LGBT youth & to speak out against bullying. We at OUTTAKE have supported Spirit Day since it began in 2010 following the media's coverage of a rash of LGBT teen suicides including the tragic death of Tyler Clementi. Back then Brittany McMillan a high school student began Spirit Day that now draws the participation of celebrities, corporations, media outlets, sports leagues, schools, faith institutions, national landmarks & individuals around the world who join together in a united stand against bullying. Spirit Day inspires millions to "go purple" to support our LGBT youth in a united stand against bullying. According to a 2015 GLSEN survey more than half of LGBTQ students report being victimized based on sexual orientation, with a further three quarters of students who report hearing anti-LGBTQ remarks in school. Past participants in Spirit Day include the White House, the Empire State Building, Oprah Winfrey, Ellen DeGeneres, Cher, Laverne Cox, Kim Kardashian, Demi Lovato, Ariana Grande, Shaquille O'Neal, Good Morning America, The Today Show, The View, The Talk, The Tonight Show, MTV, the NBA, the NFL, Major League Baseball, NASCAR, WWE, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr, the Las Vegas Strip, & more. We’re wondering if the presidential candidates this year will wear purple especially the ultimate bully Donald Trump who is so irresponsible when it comes to setting a positive example for our LGBT youth.
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