Country music goes purple for #SpiritDay 10/19: Reba, Chely Wright, CMT stand against bullying
This year, country music is standing up against bullying by going purple for Spirit Day 10/19! Country royalty Reba McEntire, whose new sitcom, Malibu Country, premiers on November 2 on ABC, tweeted and posted on Facebook about her support on Tuesday. McEntire said,
— Reba McEntire (@reba) October 16, 2012
McEntire isn’t the only country music star going purple for Spirit Day: Out country singer Chely Wright will be participating this year. Also, Country Music Television (CMT) announced it would be showing support for LGBT youth and standing against bullying.
More and more, country music has been standing up for LGBT people. In June, Carrie Underwood spoke out in favor of marriage equality during an interview with U.K.'s The Independent. Underwood said, "As a married person myself, I don't know what it's like to be told I can't marry somebody I love, and want to marry. I can't imagine how that must feel. I definitely think we should all have the right to love, and love publicly, the people that we want to love."
GLAAD launched a #supportcarrie campaign on Twitter to show Underwood that her fans appreciated her standing up for equality.
Singer Dolly Parton has also been a longtime supporter of LGBT people. She presented Robert Greenblatt with the Stephen F. Kolzak Award at the 22nd Annual GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles (watch the video below)
Take action now and ask other country music stars to stand up against bullying and go purple on #SpiritDay 10/19. See the suggested tweets below:
@_____ Join @reba and @CMT on #SpiritDay 10/19 by going purple to stand against bullying! http://glaad.org/spiritday
@_____ Both @reba and @CMT are going purple on #SpiritDay 10/19 to stand against bullying. Join them! http://glaad.org/spiritday
This month the United States Supreme Court will issue decisions on two cases critical to marriage equality. GLAAD is working with media outlets and couples around the country to push for marriage. Follow GLAAD for up to date news about the Supreme Court's decision at www.glaad.org/marriage