Everyone is encouraged to go purple & participate on social media for Spirit Day on Oct 17th. Millions wear purple on Spirit Day as a sign of support for lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgender (LGBT) youth & to speak out against bullying. Spirit Day was started in 2010 as a response to the young people who had taken their own lives after facing bullying incidents. Spirit Day has since garnered widespread support from celebrities, TV news & entertainment programs, corporations, organizations, schools, local communities & even national landmarks. Spirit Day coincides with GLSEN’s Ally Week, as well as National Bullying Prevention Month. Major professional sports leagues, global entertainment organizations are participating in Spirit Day in standing against LGBT bullying, Openly LGBT athletes Kye Allums, Jason Collins, Brittney Griner & WWE Superstar Darren Young are among 2013 Spirit Day Ambassadors. Wilson Cruz GLAAD spokesperson stated, "By coming together to support LGBT youth, American sports leagues are sending a clear message to fans everywhere: homophobia has no place in the game. Whether on the field, in the locker room, or cheering from the stands it's clear that LGBT people are essential to the sports community." GLAAD previously announced that Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, MTV talent including Ke$ha, Nicole ‘Snooki’ Polizzi & Jenni ‘JWOWW’ Farley, Nev Schulman & Max Joseph from ‘Catfish: The TV Show’; the cast of TeenNick's 'Degrassi'; celebrity radio host Elvis Duran; 12 year-old transgender advocate Jazz; Archie Comics' Kevin Keller; Extra Host Maria Menounos; country music artist Kacey Musgraves & Spanish-language talk show host Cristina Saralegui will serve as Spirit Day ambassadors who are participating & speaking out against bullying. News anchors & hosts from Access Hollywood, CNBC, Extra, Jimmy Kimmel Live, MSNBC, Telemundo, The Talk, The View, Watch What Happens Live, the Wendy Williams Show & more will be wearing purple on-air for Spirit Day.
For More info: glaad.org/spiritday
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