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Daytime talk shows spill their support for #SpiritDay

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Daytime talk shows put on their purple in support of LGBT youth today in unity with tens of millions of Americans who participated in Spirit Day in a stand against bullying.

For the third consecutive year, CBS' 'The Talk' went purple for Spirit Day and shared with viewers the importance of bullying prevention.

'The View' hosts Jenny McCarthy and Sherri Shepherd showed their Spirit Day pride on the hit ABC series.

Daytime icon Ellen DeGeneres showed her support on Facebook and Twitter by changing her profile pics:

Longtime Spirit Day supporter Wendy Williams wore purple on the show and gave a special Spirit Day shoutout on air. Wendy's audience also boasted purple ribbons in honor of Spirit Day.

Hosts of VH1's 'The Gossip Table' were decked in purple too, showing their support for LGBT youth:

Networks including CNN, MSNBC, CNBC, and more also featured anchors in purple throughout the day.

Celebrities including Oprah, Ashton Kutcher, Betty White, Demi Lovato, Jimmy Kimmel, Nick Cannon, Kristen Bell, Macklemore, Melissa Etheridge, Darren Young and a growing list are also going purple for Spirit Day. The White House sent out a message of support. Sports leagues including Major League Baseball, Major League Soccer, the NBA, the NFL, the NHL and the WNBA are participating on social media. And brands like American Eagle Outfitters, NBCUniversal, Coca Cola and Johnson & Johnson are taking a stand, along with hundreds of landmarks, schools, faith groups, media outlets, companies, and organizations.

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 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, to sign up as a partner, and to join the Facebook event! Go purple now and spread the word.

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