Actress, singer, and advocate extraordinaire Demi Lovato will be among the stars wearing purple for Spirit Day on October 17th in a stand against bullying and to show her support LGBT youth.
GLAAD recently spotlighted Demi when it was announced that she would guest star on Glee, playing a struggling artist and Santana's lesbian love interest this season. She told Entertainment Wise that she hoped the role would bring primetime attention to the LGBT community and "hopefully inspire people…to love who they are and accept who they are."
Demi's had a devoted following for much of her life. Her first big role was on Barney & Friends as one of the purple dinosaur's little buddies (a sign that she was destined to go purple for Spirit Day, perhaps?). Since then, she has continued her acting career with starring roles in Camp Rock and Sonny with a Chance and moved us with her powerhouse voice in songs like "Skyscraper" and "Heart Attack." Demi can also be found these days hosting X Factor and contributing to BuzzFeed.
While the superstar has earned massive success through just about every form of pop culture and is adored by fans of all ages, Demi has not always felt loved by the people around her. She has spoken openly about the cruel bullying she's faced throughout her life: "People would write 'hate petitions' [about me] and send them around to be signed. They'd have CD-bashing parties of my demos. They'd come to my house, stand across the street and yell things. It was a very emotional time for me, and all I wanted to do was get away."
Demi embodies what it means to be a survivor. She has a passion for activism and is no stranger to speaking up for marginalized youth. An ambassador for Secret's "Mean Stinks" campaign and a supporter of Spirit Day partner PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center, Demi now holds the title of Spirit Day participant as one more way she supports victims of bullying.
As a participant, Demi is joined by more celebrities, including the cast of Hot in Cleveland, Jordan Todosey, Shenae Grimes, Josh Beech, and the list continues to grow. The cast of Degrassi, Ke$ha, and Kevin Keller are among the many Spirit Day ambassadors, too. Even American Eagle Outfitters is getting in on the action, along with tons of schools, faith groups, media outlets, companies, and organizations.
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