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Wear Purple For Spirit Day October 20th

By Charlotte Robinson, October 20, 2011
Today October 20th join the movement with millions of dedicated Americans & wear purple on Spirit Day as a sign of support for lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgender (LGBT) youth to speak out against bullying. LGBTQ teens are up to four times more likely to attempt suicide than their heterosexual peers. Numerous teens continue to take their own lives after facing bullying incidents. Just last weekend a gay 15-year-old boy in Ottawa, Canada, killed himself after suffering years of depression & bullying. Brittany McMillan, a teen herself started Spirit Day last year in response to the young people who have killed themselves. Observed annually on October 20th, individuals, schools, organizations, corporations, media professionals & celebs wear purple, which symbolizes spirit on the rainbow flag. This year, MTV will turn their logo purple in support of Spirit Day. This is only the second time in the network’s 30 year history they are changing the logo for a cause. Celebs including Ricky Martin, Julianne Moore, Jersey Shore cast members, Chaz Bono & many more will be wearing purple. Hosts of ABC's Good Morning America, CNBC, E!, Wendy Williams & Conan O’Brien will also go purple, among others. To participate "go purple" today October 20th as we work to create a world in which our LGBT teens are celebrated & accepted for who they are. Updates to Come...:)
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Mike Thompson said...

From Hollywood to corporate America, it’s clear that an overwhelming number of Americans today support lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgender (LGBT) youth and believe that no one should be bullied for being who they are. On Spirit Day October 20th and with our new Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) ‘Amplify Your Voice!’ campaign, some of the greatest Hollywood, news and sports voices will be brought into America’s living rooms, reminding millions that no matter who you are, you have the power to make a difference.

Wearing Purple Celebrities include stars of the WWE, Chaz Bono, Mia Farrow, Lukas Haas (Inception), Allison Janney, Ricky Martin, Julianne Moore, Sara Ramirez, and cast members of TeenNick’s Degrassi will be wearing purple. MTV participants include Sammi Giancola and Vinny Guadagnino (Jersey Shore), Farrah Abraham, Tyler Baltierra, Maci Bookout and Catelynn Lowell (Teen Mom) as well as Jillian Rose Reed, Nikki Deloach, Matthew Fahey, Greer Grammer, Jessica Lu, Desi Lydic, and Beau Mirchoff (Awkward.). CW stars Shenae Grimes (90210), Gale Harold (The Secret Circle), Isis King (America’s Next Top Model) will participate. NBC participants include Christopher McDonald and Karen Olivo (Harry’s Law), Bob Harper (Biggest Loser), and Zoe Lister-Jones (Whitney). Additional celebrities include: basketball player John Amaechi, Bon and Whit (Big Rich Texas), Kate del Castillo of Telemundo’s La Reina del Sur, Kaya Jones, Ross Matthews and Darryl Stephens (Noah’s Arc). Wendy Williams, Conan O’Brien, and hosts of The View, Access Hollywood Live will join CNBC’s Jim Cramer and Simon Hobbs, Dr. Drew of CNN, E!’s Marc Malkin, and Thomas Roberts of MSNBC by wearing purple on-air. Entertainment columnist Rob Shuter will wear purple on The Today Show. The Sundance Channel has announced that its on-air logo will be purple, and Seventeen magazine announced that the magazine will turn its Twitter avatar purple for the day

Mike Thompson GLAAD Acting President

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