Celebrities Send a Message of Support to LGBT Youth Via Social Media

The idea behind Spirit Day, as a public display of support for LGBT youth, is to show young people that their schools and their communities love and support them. Now imagine being an LGBT student (or a bystander, or even a bully) and seeing an actor, a singer, or an entertainer whose work you love, telling you they support LGBT youth. Many celebrities took a stand against bullying and sent a powerful statement to LGBT youth and bullies alike that people should be accepted for who they are and students should be allowed to attend school without fear of being harassed. Many celebrities tweeted messages of support yesterday, some published a picture of themselves wearing purple, while a few like Martha Plimpton even helped their followers spread the word (see above picture). Others took the time to write a blog post or record a video, but overall all the celebrities who participated helped spread the word of Spirit Day's powerful message. GLAAD would like to thank them for being such strong advocates.

Videos posted by celebrities:

Kate Clinton

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Sara Gilbert

Blog posts/website entries from celebrities:

Chely Wright

Hilarie Burton

Padma Lakshmi

Tori Spelling

Celebrities wearing purple or who tweeted purple pictures:

Carson Kressley

Chaz Bono

David Tutera

Degrassi cast member Annie Clark (For the rest of the cast members who participated in Spirit Day, go here.)

Farrah Abraham

Jersey Shore cast member Sammi Giancola (For the rest of the cast members who participated in Spirit Day, go here.)

John Gidding

Liz Lee

Louis Van Amstel

Mary McCormack

Matt Dallas

Maulik Pancholy and the cast of Whitney

Molly Burnett and Casey Deidrick

Nancy Grace and Rosie O'Donnell

Ricki Lake

Sean Maher

Stephen Fry

Stephen Wallem

Sonja Morgan and Perez Hilton

Tracy Ryerson

Celebrities who changed their profile picture to purple or sent a tweet of support:

Adam Berry, Adam Lambert, Adrienne Maloof, Ana Gasteyer, Ana Maria Polo, Andy Cohen, Ashlee Holmes, Audra McDonald, Bob Harper, Brad Walsh, Brittny Gastineau, Camille Grammer, Caroline Manzo, Chaz Bono, Countess LuAnn de Lessepps, Courtney Kerr, Crystal Chappell, Cyndi Lauper, Dita Von Teese, Drew Ginsburg, Dustin Lance Black, Eden Riegel, Eliza Dushku, Ellen DeGeneres, Fran Drescher, Freddie Smith, Goldie Hawn, Harry Shum, Jr., Holly Marie Combs, Jenna Ushkowitz, Jennifer Ehle, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Jessica Capshaw, Jill Zarin, Joan Rivers, Johnny Weir, JoJo, Jonathan Knight, Jordan Knight, Julian Morris, Julianne Moore, Julie Chen, Kate DelCastillo, Kathy Griffin, Kathy Wakile, Kerry Washington, Kyle Richards, Kylie Minogue, Lea Michele, Leah Remini, Lisa Rinna, Lisa Vanderpump, Lizz Winstead, Maci Bookout, Marc Malkin, Marlee Matlin, Martha Plimpton, Mehcad Brooks, Mia Farrow, Michael Ausiello, Michael Buckley, Nia Vardalos, Nick Adams, Paulina Rubio, Peter Facinelli, Ricky Martin, Romi Klinger, Samantha Ronson, Sandra Bernhard, Sarah Rafferty, Sasha Alexander, The Scissor Sisters, Scout Masterson, Sean Hayes, Sharon Osbourne, Shay Mitchell, Sia, Simon Curtis, Sophia Bush, Stephen Fry, Tamra Barney, Thomas Roberts, Tegan & Sara, Tyra Banks, Wendy Williams, Wilson Cruz.

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