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

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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