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 stars go purple for #SpiritDay
Stars and producers of several of ABC Network’s top shows 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 Katie Lowes, Tony Goldwyn and Shonda Rhimes (Scandal); Reba McEntire, Sara Rue and Juliette Angelo (Malibu Country); Emilie de Ravin (Once Upon a Time); and Tamala Jones (Castle).
— Katie Lowes (@KatieQLowes) October 16, 2012
— Tony Goldwyn (@tonygoldwyn) October 15, 2012
— Reba McEntire (@reba) October 16, 2012
— Sara Rue (@SARARUEFORREAL) October 15, 2012
— Juliette Angelo (@julietteangelo) October 16, 2012
— Emilie de Ravin (@emiliederavin) October 16, 2012
— Tamala Jones (@tamalajones) October 16, 2012
Other ABC talent that will be going purple for Spirit Day on Friday, October 19 includes Ray Ford (Don’t Trust the B---- in Apt 23), Louis Van Amstel (Dancing with the Stars), Lana Parrilla (Once Upon a Time), KaDee Strickland (Private Practice), Katlin Mastandrea (The Middle), Windell Middlebrooks (Body of Proof)and Ian Patrick (The Neighbors). Jimmy Kimmel will sport a purple tie on Friday’s Jimmy Kimmel Live.
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.