Comcast, NBCUniversal celebrate #SpiritDay by going purple to support LGBT youth

Comcast and NBCUniversal went purple yesterday to spread the word about SpiritDay to show support for LGBT youth and stand against bullying. Stars from NBCUniversal networks and shows, as well as NBCUniversal employees, sported purple and shared Spirit Day on air and through social media.

CNBC anchors, reporters and employees went purple for the fourth year. In fact, CNBC had more participation than any other national news network! MSNBC hosts, NBC Nightly News' Brian Williams and TODAY anchors Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie, Al Roker and guest anchor Tamron Hall sported their Spirit Day purple on air. Also on TODAY, Will & Grace's Debra Messing and Eric McCormack reunited to celebrate the series 15th anniversary and both sported purple ribbons.

On-air talent from Telemundo, Access Hollywood Live and NBC-owned stations throughout the country sported purple on-air. Bravo's Watch What Happens Live host Andy Cohen showed off his purple tie on last night's show and USA Network stars from Psych, White Collar and Suits all spread the Spirit Day word on social media.

America's Got Talent's Nick Cannon, MSNBC's Thomas Roberts and his team, the E! News team, Kim Kardashian, Kendall and Kylie Jenner, American Dream Builders' Nate Berkus, the cast of Days of Our Lives, Law and Order: SVU's Mariska Hargitay, Tabatha Coffey, Fashion Police's Joan Rivers and Kelly Osbourne, E!'s Ross Matthews, The Voice's Katrina Parker and Bravo's Real Housewives NeNe Leakes, Caroline Manzo all shared their support for LGBT youth on social media!

Bravo's Lisa Vanderpump spoke with Cody Lassen of GLAAD's Board of Directors at a Westfield event to present a Spirit Day art installation and her dog Giggy also sported purple!

NBCUniversal's LGBT and ally employee resource group OUT@NBCUNIVERSAL went purple with tweets throughout the day and even set up photo booths to encourage employees to share their purple glamour shots on social media. Check out their storify page for some purple pictures.

On October 17, 2013, celebrities including Oprah Winfrey, Ashton Kutcher, Betty White, Demi Lovato, Jimmy Kimmel, Nick Cannon, Kristen Bell, Macklemore, Melissa Etheridge, WWE Superstar Darren Young and more went purple for the fourth annual Spirit Day. Hosts of shows including Access Hollywood, Elvis Duran and the Morning Show, Extra, Good Morning America and the Wendy Williams Show also wore purple and spoke about Spirit Day on-air. The White House sent out messages of support on Twitter and tumblr. Sports leagues including Major League Baseball, Major League Soccer, the NBA, the NFL, the NHL and the WNBA participated on social media. And companies like American Eagle Outfitters, NBCUniversal, MTV, The Coca-Cola Company and Johnson & Johnson took a stand, along with hundreds of landmarks, schools, faith groups, media outlets, companies, and organizations. Facebook and Twitter users turned their profile photos purple and posted photos of classmates and coworkers wearing purple, and their messages of support for LGBT youth made #SpiritDay trend on Twitter.

Founded in 2010, Spirit Day is an international, united stand against bullying and show of support for LGBT teens and young adults everywhere. As we look back on Spirit Day 2013, please continue to spread the message and take action against bullying:

Thanks for helping make Spirit Day 2013 a success!

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