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.
ABC Family favorites go purple for #SpiritDay
Stars of ABC Family’s most popular series will be going purple for Spirit Day this Friday, October 19 to show their support for LGBT youth and take a stand against bullying. Check out tweets from some celebs who are already going purple including Spirit Day ambassador Shay Mitchell, Lindsey Shaw and Janel Parrish (Pretty Little Liars); D.W. Moffett and Constance Marie (Switched at Birth); and Cierra Ramirez (The Secret Life of the American Teenager).
Other ABC talent that will be going purple for Spirit Day on Friday, October 19 includes Bailey Buntain (Bunheads), Melissa Peterman (Baby Daddy), Lea Thompson and Marlee Matlin (Switched at Birth).
And check out the other celebrities who are participating including Glee's Dianna Agron, Joel McHale, Wendy Williams and Shaquille O'Neal! They will all be in purple along with landmarks including Times Square and the New York Stock Exchange!
— Shay Mitchell (@shaymitch) October 15, 2012
— Lindsey Shaw (@LadyShawsters) October 14, 2012
— Janel Parrish (@JMeilanixo) October 18, 2012
— Constance Marie (@goconstance) October 17, 2012
— Cierra Ramirez (@cierraramirez) October 9, 2012
Take a stand against bullying and support LGBT youth by participating in Spirit Day on Friday, October 19. To get involved, simply go purple on October 19 as we work to create a world in which LGBT teens are accepted for who they are. You can download GLAAD’s Spirit Day resource kit which contains tools to get your local community involved. Spirit Day participants can also spread the word and tell their friends they’re standing up against bullying, download the Spirit Day app for iPhone and Android, and text PURPLE to 80888 to donate $5 to support the important work GLAAD, GLSEN and The Trevor Project do every day to end bullying and support LGBT youth. Another way to celebrate Spirit Day is to encourage the presidential candidates to come out against bullying by signing a new petition asking them to wear purple on October 19 and visit the American Apparel #SpiritDay store to get your own purple gear with a 10% discount and 10% of proceeds going to GLAAD.