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Spirit Day Against LGBTQ Youth Bullying

By Charlotte Robinson, October 15, 2020

For 10 years OUTTAKE MEDIA has supported Spirit Day celebrated this year on Thursday October 15th. Spirit Day began in 2010 when a high school student Brittany McMillan created a tumblr post asking students to wear purple following the suicide deaths of several LGBTQ young people. Since then thanks to GLAAD hundreds of celebrities, media outlets, brands, landmarks, sports leagues, tech leaders, influencers, faith groups, school districts, organizations, colleges & universities have become the most visible anti LGBTQ bullying campaign & united show of support for our LGBTQ youth. Purple symbolizes spirit on the rainbow flag. Sarah Kate Ellis, GLAAD President & CEO stated, “From the effects of COVID-19, to the social uprising against racial injustice & police brutality, to the Trump administration’s consistent attacks on LGBTQ people, this year has presented unprecedented challenges & crises, all of which continue to uniquely & disproportionately impact LGBTQ youth. At a time when LGBTQ youth may be isolating in homes that are not affirming or do not have access to their usual support systems, this year’s Spirit Day is a chance for LGBTQ people & allies to send messages of acceptance & support to LGBTQ youth when they need it most.” Studios, networks, shows & streaming services partaking in 2020 Spirit Day include Access Hollywood, Disney/ABC, Entertainment Tonight, Extra, the casts of FBI & FBI: Most Wanted, iHeartMedia, Hulu, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, The Late Late Show with James Corden, Spotify, Sony Pictures, ViacomCBS, WarnerMedia, & more. Celebrities participating in Spirit Day include Cher, The Chicks, Halle Berry, Connie Britton, Ted Danson, Daughtry, Gigi Gorgeous Getty, Carlie Hanson, Megan Hilty, Jazz Jennings, LeAnn Rimes, Adam Rippon, Tegan & Sara, Brandon Stansell, Mary Steenburgen among others are set to participate in the world’s largest & most visible LGBTQ anti-bullying campaign. 

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