More than 1,500 New Yorkers gathered today in Manhattan to mourn the death of a 32 year-old gay man, who was shot down on Friday just blocks away from the historic Stonewall Inn in an apparent act of anti-gay bias.
Today Show, The View, The Talk and Ellen DeGeneres among those 'Going Purple' for 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:
Ben and Jerry’s
Jesse Tyler Ferguson
Several local and national organizations have also signed on to the campaign, including:
Equality New Mexico
Fight Back NY
Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN)
Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) Network
Give a Damn Campaign
Human Rights Campaign (HRC)
LGBT Center of New York City
Make It Better Campaign
More Light Presbyterians
National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR)
National Center for Transgender Equality
No H8 Campaign
San Francisco LGBT Center
United Church of Christ
Vermont Freedom to Marry
News outlets participating in Spirit Day include:
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:
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)
The Seattle Lesbian
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.