Broadway stars including Sarah Brightman, Ricky Martin, Telly Leung, Jesse Tyler Ferguson go purple for #SpiritDay to show support for LGBT youth

Spirit Day is upon us and stars of the Broadway stage have taken to Twitter to show their support for LGBT youth and take a stand against bullying. Theater celebs such as Sarah Brightman (Phantom of the Opera, Cats), Ricky Martin (Evita), Jesse Tyler Ferguson (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, On the Town, Shakespeare in the Park), Renee Marino (Jersey Boys), Telly Leung (Godspell, RENTWendy Williams (Chicago), GLAAD's Wilson Cruz (RENT) and Broadway Impact, a community of actors, directors, producers, crew and fans united by the belief that everyone should have the freedom to marry, have already tweeted messages of support. Ask your favorite stars to go purple for #SpiritDay now!

Around the world, celebrities like Demi Lovato, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, country singer Kacey Musgraves, Glee's Dot Marie Jones, Lauren Potter, Alex Newell and Iqbal Theba; brands like Johnson & Johnson, the Coca-Cola Company and Facebook; organizations; national sports leagues; media outlets; landmarks; faith groups; and schools are going purple for Spirit Day to show support for LGBT Youth. Find out how your company can go purple.

Founded in 2010, Spirit Day, which will be held on October 17 this year, 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

Time is running out to go purple on Spirit Day as a participant and partner, and to join the Facebook event! Sign up today and spread the word.

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As a Major League Baseball umpire for the past 29 seasons, Dale Scott has worked three World Series, three All-Star Games, two no-hitters and numerous playoff games. He is also the first out active male official in the MLB, NBA, NHL, or NFL, and the first Major League Baseball umpire to publicly say he is gay while active.