Degrassi has been a groundbreaking television franchise since its original debut in the 1970s in its many formats of The Kids of Degrassi Street, Degrassi Junior High, Degrassi High, Degrassi: The Next Generation, Degrassi: The Boiling Point, and these days, it's known simply as Degrassi. The Canadian series, which now airs on TeenNick, has always tackled relevant yet difficult issues of teenage life like teen pregnancy, cyber dating, assault, HIV/AIDS, hate crimes, relationships (LGBT and otherwise), bullying, and the list goes on. Recent seasons featured a trans character named Adam, played by Jordan Todosey. The show has kept audiences glued to their seats, crying, laughing, and cheering for their favorite couples for longer than most of its current cast has been alive. Now, Degrassi is exploring new territory as its cast members have signed on to be Spirit Day Ambassadors.
GLAAD has enjoyed a partnership with Degrassi that extends even beyond their commitment to go purple this year. The show, which has received five GLAAD Media Award nominations, worked closely with GLAAD on developing Adam's character, and participated in Spirit Day 2011 as well.
The cast of Degrassi joins the likes of Ke$ha, Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi, Jenni "JWOWW" Farley, Maria Menounos, Jason Collins, Nev Schulman, Max Joseph, and more in the role of Spirit Day ambassador. The cast of Hot in Cleveland and other celebrities are participating in Spirit Day, too. Many schools, companies, organizations, landmarks, and faith-based groups will also be Spirit Day partners.
Founded in 2010, Spirit Day, which will be on October 17 this year, 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
- Taking the Spirit Day Pledge
- Wearing purple on the 17th
- Spreading the word through social media, using #SpiritDay, and turning their profile pictures and websites purple
- 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