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Congrats to the #SpiritDay sweepstakes winner!

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Congratulations to Larry, the winner of the Spirit Day Pledge Sweepstakes!

Larry and his partner of 5 years, Steven, pledged to go purple for Spirit Day on October 17 and won a trip for two to Las Vegas, courtesy of Delta Air Lines and Caesars Entertainment. The pair will also receive two tickets to SHANIA: STILL THE ONE at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, and a post-show meet and greet with international superstar and the best-selling female country artist of all time, Shania Twain!

"The trials, experiences and personal journey of growing up gay were scary and uncertain. I grew up in a time when bullying was not at the forefront of this country's social issues. It is wonderful to know that there are now organizations, like GLAAD, that have become a force behind the movement to raise awareness about bullying and promote acceptance," Larry said after being informed that he was the lucky winner of the Spirit Day Pledge Sweepstakes. "Amazing things are always right around the corner, and every youth's journey starts with loving and believing in their self. To quote my favorite artist and an advocate of the LGBT community, Lady Gaga 'I'm beautiful in my way cause God makes no mistakes---don't hide yourself in regret, just love yourself and you're set--I was born to survive.'"

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 17 and encouraging classmates or coworkers to do the same

  • Uploading photos of you wearing purple to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr using hashtag #SpiritDay

  • 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

We'd like to give a special thank you to Delta Airlines and Caesar's Palace for their generosity and participation in this year's Spirit Day Sweepstakes.

Congratulations, Larry and Steven! Be sure to wear purple to the Shania Twain concert!

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