Thursday, October 19, 2017

Wearing Purple For Spirit Day

This year Spirit Day is Thursday October 19th when everyone is encouraged to go purple & participate on social media as a sign of support for LGBTQ 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 LGBTQ 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. According to GLSEN 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. With a bully in the White House & a toxic political culture brought about by constant attacks on our LGBTQ community from our nation’s highest leaders, it’s never been more important to show LGBTQ youth that we are here for them. Some of the celebrity participants for Spirit Day 2017 include Celine Dion, Jimmy Kimmel, Britney Spears, Whoopi Goldberg, Olivia Newton-John, Fergie, Christina Aguilera, Lily Tomlin, Wanda Sykes, Minnie Driver, Mayim Bialik, Candis Cayne, Lisa Edelstein, Brad Goreski, Mario Lopez, Carrie Preston, Kim Richards, Kyle Richards, The Chew, the cast of A Very Sordid Wedding, hosts of Access Hollywood, Entertainment Tonight, Extra, MTV’s TRL, Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, The View & more.
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