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Today Show, The View, The Talk and Ellen DeGeneres among those 'Going Purple' for Spirit Day

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Today millions of Americans including media personalities and celebrities have ‘gone purple’ to show their support for LGBT youth on 'Spirit Day'.

Check back here for updates to the list of participants all day and night!

To honor those teens who have lost their lives to anti-LGBT bullying, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton wore purple. Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb wore purple during The Today Show, and the hosts from E!'s Chelsea, Lately, CNBC, ABC’s The View, NBC's Nightly News with Brian Williams and World News with Diane Sawyer, CBS’ The Talk, HLN's The Joy Behar Show and Issues with Jane Velez-Mitchell and MSNBC's Keith Olbermann and Thomas Roberts also wore purple during yesterday's programs. Ellen DeGeneres spoke about anti-gay bullying with Fort Worth, TX City Councilman Joel Burns and both sported the color in support of Spirit Day. Katie Couric will also be wearing a purple outfit and check out these screen shots of CNBC hosts.

MTV Networks (MTV, Nickelodeon, Vh1, Comedy Central, Spike, etc.) has distributed a memo to all employees with information about Spirit Day and will also be giving out thousands of purple ribbons to staff. LOGO will be running a purple ribbon on air all day and plans other activities.

Yesterday, GLAAD announced that E! Networks would be going purple across their platforms and E! News’ hosts Ryan Seacrest and Giuliana Rancic, as well as E! News Now hosts Amy Paffrath and Melana Scantlin, and E! columnist Marc Malkin would be wearing purple today in support of Spirit Day. E! Online even turned all their news headlines purple!

Jenna Ushkowitz and the cast of Glee tweeted a pic of their purple outfits.

Other celebrities confirmed to wear purple and/or who have ‘gone purple’ on Facebook and Twitter include:

Star of the Real Housewives of NYC, Jill Zarin, shows off her Spirit Day purple

Lance Bass
Ben and Jerry’s
Clay Aiken
Kristin Chenoweth
Christian Chavez
Dixie Chicks
Chris Colfer
Wilson Cruz
Dr. Oz
Jesse Tyler Ferguson
Kathy Griffin
Darren Hayes
Scott Herman
Perez Hilton
Jewel
Khloe Kardashian
Page Kennedy
Cyndi Lauper
Jay Manuel
Ricky Martin
Lea Michele
Alyssa Milano
Corey Monteith
Giuliana Rancic
RBD
Joan Rivers
Paulina Rubio
Lea Salonga
Ryan Seacrest
Hal Sparks
Tracie Thoms
Kate Walsh
Vanessa Williams
Chely Wright
Jill Zarin

Several local and national organizations have also signed on to the campaign, including:

Equality California
Equality Illinois
Equality New Mexico
Equality Pennsylvania
Equality Texas
Fair Wisconsin
Fight Back NY
Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN)
Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) Network
Georgia Equality
Give a Damn Campaign
Human Rights Campaign (HRC)
Indiana Equality
LGBT Center of New York City
Make It Better Campaign
MassEquality
Michigan Equality
More Light Presbyterians
National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR)
National Center for Transgender Equality
No H8 Campaign
San Francisco LGBT Center
Trevor Project
United Church of Christ
Vermont Freedom to Marry

News outlets participating in Spirit Day include:

Some of GLAAD's New York staff in Spirit Day purple

CNBC
E!
Logo
HGTV
MTV Networks
Philadelphia Magazine
People En Español
Ms. Magazine
Today Show
The Talk (CBS)
The View (ABC)
The Ellen DeGeneres Show
The Joy Behar Show

Maria Celeste Arrarás, the host of Al Rojo Vivo on Telemundo wore purple in honor of Spirit Day, and producers did a terrific segment about the day’s significance. Rodner Figueroa, a fashion expert on El Gordo y la Flaca on Univision also spoke movingly about youth suicide and added a purple scarf to host Raul de Molina’s ensemble. Numerous other Spanish-language programs included segments on Spirit Day, including Primer Impacto on Univision.

and bloggers and LGBT sites including:

Advocate
After Ellen

After Elton

Autumn Sandeen
& Pam Spaulding (Pam's House Blend)
Bil Browning
(The Bilerico Project)
Andrés Duque (Blabbeando)
Jeremy Hooper (Good As You)
Joe Jervis (Joe My God)
Phil Reese (Ameriqueer)
Cathy Renna
The Seattle Lesbian
TooFab.com
Towleroad
X17 Online
ZackFord

Check this page throughout the day for updates and join us by ‘going purple’ on Facebook and Twitter

Thousands of GLAAD supporters are 'going purple' and sending us photos! Tweet your Spirit Day pics to @glaad! And if you're on Flickr, add your pics to this group: http://www.flickr.com/groups/spiritday

World renowned figure skater, Johnny Weir, also announced a new partnership with the Trevor Project, an LGBT organization "determined to end suicide among LGBTQ youth." Weir has designed a special tee-shirt to support LGBT teens and all proceeds will go the Trevor Project.

Spirit Day was started by teenager Brittany McMillan in remembrance of youth who have taken their own lives as a result of anti-LGBT bullying.

Purple symbolizes ‘spirit’ on the rainbow flag. By wearing the color, millions of Americans are sending a message of support to LGBT youth.

For the latest updates follow GLAAD on Facebook and Twitter.

UPDATE - 10/20/10 9:29pm EST: GLAAD has just received word that the New York Stock Exchange is lit up in purple this evening!

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