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Celebrities, brands, TV shows, & buildings have gone purple to support LGBTQ youth today

Spirit Day, GLAAD, LGBTQ bullying
Times Square on Spirit Day 2021Photo: Twitter screenshot

Today is Spirit Day, a day in which people wear purple to show their opposition to the bullying of LGBTQ youth.

While the day has become an annual event, this year numerous TV networks, sports teams, politicians, and celebrities tweeted photos and videos showing their support. Even New York City’s Empire State Building and Times Square are wearing purple.

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Sarah Kate Ellis, the CEO of the LGBTQ media watchdog group GLAAD, wrote, “So happy to be with @the_symonee to light the @EmpireStateBldg purple in support of LGBTQ youth for #SpiritDay! 💜💜💜”.

The National Black Justice Coalition wrote, “Today is #SpiritDay 💜 Go purple now if you’re against bullying! Join us and go purple now to stand against bullying 💜💜”.

The Democratic Party wrote, “Democrats stand with LGBTQ+ youth against bullying and harassment; today and every day. #SpiritDay”.

Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) wrote, “No one should ever be bullied, harassed or live in fear because of who they are and who they love. You deserve to show up as you are and live your truth. #SpiritDay”

Gay legislator Mark Takano wrote, “I’m wearing purple for #SpiritDay to stand up against anti-LGBTQ+ bullying. As a former teacher, I know how important it is for our youth and our students to feel safe, heard, and empowered. Today and everyday, we refuse to tolerate hate.”

Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas wrote, “On LGBTQI+ #SpiritDay, we honor the memory of those we have lost to bullying and hate. We must continue to fight to eradicate intolerance, discrimination, bullying, hate, and violence toward LGBTQ+ persons and in our communities.”

The White House Office of Public Engagement wrote, “Today we wear purple for #SpiritDay to take a stand against LGBTQI+ bullying and harassment. To LGBTQI+ youth: you are loved for you are and we will continue to fight for you every day.”

The United Nations wrote, “Young LGBTIQ+ people are much more likely to be bullied, abused & isolated – simply because of who they are or whom they love.On Thursday’s #SpiritDay, join UN @free_equal & support LGBTIQ+ youth. http://unfe.org/spiritday/ #StandUp4HumanRights”.

GLAAD also shared images of Times Square in New York City all lit up in purple as well the hosts of the talk programs Good Morning America, The View and Live with Kelly and Ryan wearing purple on set, including CBS morning host Gayle King.

The View itself wrote, “[email protected] is proud to go purple today on @glaad’s #SpiritDay to support LGBTQ+ youth and take a stand against bullying! 💜 #ChooseKindness”.

The TV network CBS wrote, “On #SpiritDay we stand against bullying and show support for LGBTQ youth. Go purple now and join in!💜”.

Other shows wore purple in support of Spirit Day as well, such as the women of the daytime game show The Price is Right. The show’s Twitter account wrote, “We are @GLAAD to support LGBTQ youth! Go purple and celebrate #SpiritDay today. 💜”

The game show Let’s Make a Deal wrote, “We’ve got spirit, yes we do! Go purple now to take a stand against bullying. #SpiritDay”.

The long-running soap opera The Young and the Restless wrote, “We’re wearing purple here at #YR for #SpiritDay! Reply with a 💜 if you are too!”

The long-running soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful wrote, “Together we wear purple in a stand against bullying and to support LGBTQ youth. 💜”.

The soon-to-be-released supernatural drama Ghostbusters: Afterlife wrote, “#SpiritDay is about supporting LGBTQ youth and taking a stand against bullying. Wear purple to show your support!” The film also released a video of its actors expressing support for Spirit Day.

The young children’s TV show Teletubbies wrote, “Thursday is #SpiritDay and the Teletubbies are sharing Big Hugs and Big Love. Head over to @GLAAD to show up and get involved 💜”

Cartoon Network highlighted clips from its numerous cartoons that show trans characters and same-sex relationships. It also wrote the message, “Cartoon Network stands with our LGBTQ+ Youth! 🏳️‍⚧️ 🏳️‍🌈 You are loved, and you are not alone.”

The cable channel VH1 wrote, “Today is #SpiritDay – A day we wear purple to support LGBTQ+ youth and unite to take a stand against bullying. Pledge to ‘go purple’ today and show your solidarity at http://glaad.org/spiritday!”

Comedian Amber Ruffin wrote, “Let’s remind every young person that it’s okay to be who you are. On #SpiritDay we stand against bullying and show support for LGBTQ youth. Go purple now and join in 💜 @glaad. Click the link for more info https://l8r.it/oyYU.”

Actor Ted Danson wrote, “No one should be bullied or called names simply for being who they are. That’s why I’m wearing purple for #SpiritDay! @glaad”.

Drag Race competitor Tina Burner wrote, “It’s #SpiritDay! Go purple now to take a stand against bullying and to support LGBTQ youth. #SpiritDay”.

Singer Meghan Trainor wrote, “#SpiritDay has arrived. Join me and go purple now to stand against bullying 💜💜 @glaad”.

Captain Sandy, a star in the reality TV series Below Deck, wrote, “Take the pledge! Stop the harassment and bullying of the #LGBTQ youth. 💜 #SpiritDay #UnityInDiversity”.

Numerous sports teams and organizations tweeted out messages of support as well.

Major League Baseball (MLB), published a video of supportive employees along with the message, “No one should be bullied for being who they are.”

Athlete Ally, a group that works for the inclusion of LGBTQ people in sports, wrote, “LGBTQ+ youth face higher rates of bullying and harassment, and are twice as likely to drop out of sports. Go purple to support LGBTQ+ youth and the importance of safe spaces on and off the field. Learn more at @glaad 💜 #SpiritDay”

A similar organization, You Can Play, wrote, “On #SpiritDay we wear purple to support our LGBTQ+ youth, who are disproportionately targeted for bullying and discrimination. 💜 You are seen. You are accepted. You are loved. You are worthy!”

The New York Yankees wrote, “The Yankees organization is proud to join @MLB in celebration of #SpiritDay . Today, and all days, we take a stand against LGBTQ+ bullying.”

The Pittsburg Pirates wrote, “Proud to wear purple today. #SpiritDay”.

The Baltimore Orioles wrote, “We are proud to support our LGBTQ youth and stand against bullying in all forms. #SpiritDay”.

The San Francisco Giants wrote, “Our organization is proud to join @MLB in celebrating #SpiritDay by “going purple.” Today and every day, we stand against LGBTQ+ bullying. Learn more: http://glaad.org/spiritday”.

The New York Mets wrote, “From all of us here, we are proud to support LGBTQ youth. #SpiritDay”. The team even included a video with facts about anti-LGBTQ bullying.

The Colorado Rockies wrote, “No one should be bullied simply for being who they are. Today and every day, we take a stand to support LGBTQ youth and guard against bullying. Join us & show your support by wearing purple today! #SpiritDay”

The offensively named Cleveland Indians wrote, “7 out of 10 LGBTQ students experience harassment at school; more than half of them report that they also feel unsafe. Take a stand against bullying! #SpiritDay #OurCLE”.

The Milwaukee Brewers wrote, “Take a stand! On #SpiritDay and every day, we support efforts to end bullying and support LGBTQ youths.”

The Toronto Blue Jays wrote, “We are proud to join @MLB to take a stand against bullying and show our support for LGBTQ2+ youth. #SpiritDay”.

The Cincinnati Reds wrote, “The Reds join MLB in going purple today in honor of #SpiritDay! We are proud to support LGBTQ youth and speak out against bullying. http://glaad.org/spiritday”.

The Philadelphia Phillies wrote, “No one should be bullied for simply being who they are. Join us in taking a stand against bullying of LGBTQ youth and in support of inclusion. #SpiritDay”.

The Los Angeles Dodgers wrote, “The Dodgers are proud to take a stand against bullying and support LGBTQ youth. Join us and learn more at http://glaad.org/spiritday. #SpiritDay”.

Companies also joined the effort. Jeep wrote, “We ride for Pride #SpiritDay”.

The rainbow-colored candy Skittles wrote, “It’s #SpiritDay! Go purple now to take a stand against bullying and to support LGBTQ+ youth💜. Learn more at http://glaad.org”.

The luxury car company Porsche wrote “This #SpiritDay, join us and @glaad in taking a stand against bullying and supporting LGBTQ youth.”

 

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