ABC Family stars from shows including The Foster's and Switched at Birth are helping to spread the word about #SpiritDay and supporting LGBT youth. Among those who have tweeted messages of support are Sherri Saum, Lea Thompson, Bianca Lawson, Avan Jogia and more familiar faces below.
Stars from The Foster's:
#SpiritDay zero tolerance for bullies.
— Sherri Saum (@SherriSaum1) October 17, 2013
— Maia Mitchell (@MaiaMitchell) October 17, 2013
From Switched at Birth:
— Constance Marie (@goconstance) October 17, 2013
— Stephanie Nogueras (@ModelStella) October 16, 2013
— D.W. Moffett (@DWMoffett) October 17, 2013
— Lea Thompson (@LeaKThompson) October 17, 2013
The beloved character, Maya from Pretty Little Liars, Bianca Lawson:
— Bianca Lawson (@biancabot4) October 15, 2013
From new series, airing this October, Ravenswood:
— Britne Oldford (@BritneOldford) October 17, 2013
From Baby Daddy:
— Melissa Peterman (@Followtheblonde) October 17, 2013
From Twisted, and also co-founder with Josh Hutcherson of the LGBT ally organization, Straight but Not Narrow, Avan Jogia.
— Avan Tudor Jogia (@ATJogia) October 17, 2013
Celebrities including Oprah, Ashton Kutcher, Betty White, Demi Lovato, Jimmy Kimmel, Nick Cannon, Kristen Bell, Macklemore, Melissa Etheridge, Darren Young and a growing list are also going purple for Spirit Day. The White House sent out a message of support. Sports leagues including Major League Baseball, Major League Soccer, the NBA, the NFL, the NHL and the WNBA are participating on social media. And brands like American Eagle Outfitters, NBCUniversal, Coca Cola and Johnson & Johnson are taking a stand, along with hundreds of landmarks, schools, faith groups, media outlets, companies, and organizations.
Founded in 2010, Spirit Day is an international, united stand against bullying and show of support for LGBT teens and young adults everywhere. Participants can get into the spirit by
- Turning your Facebook, Twitter and other profile photos purple at www.glaad.org/spiritday and spreading the word by using hashtag #SpiritDay
- Wearing purple on October 17th and encouraging classmates or coworkers to do the same
- Uploading photos of you wearing purple to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr using hashtag #SpiritDay and Spirit Day graphics
- Downloading the Spirit Day App
- Educating your friends and family about bullying and the LGBT community
- Getting your school, GSA, organization, etc. to become a Spirit Day partner