In 2010, teenager Brittany McMillan called on her friends to wear purple as a way to memorialize those who lost their lives to bullying. With GLAAD’s help, Spirit Day has since garnered widespread support from celebrities, TV news and entertainment programs, corporations, organizations, schools, local communities, and even national landmarks. Spirit Day, Oct. 19, coincides with GLSEN’s Ally Week, as well as National Bullying Prevention Month.
“Showing support for your friends, family and teachers can make all the difference in the world to young LGBT people, whether they are going through a tough time or not,” said 17-year-old McMillan. “This year, Spirit Day is going to be bigger and better than ever, and I’m so thrilled to be going purple alongside some of my favorite celebrities, as well as millions of others in a united stand against bullying.”
Television networks MTV, VH1, CMT, BET, Logo, TV Land, TeenNick and Paramount Pictures join the hosts of Good Morning America, the cast of Days of Our Lives, Dianna Agron, Chaz Bono, Pauly D, Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi, Jenni “JWoww” Farley, Fran Drescher, Paris Hilton, Jimmy Kimmel, Joel McHale, Reba McEntire, Sir Ian McKellen, Maria Menounos, the New York Stock Exchange, hosts of CNBC and Facebook have all pledged to wear purple in support of the effort. For more information visit glaad.org/spiritday.