More than 1,500 New Yorkers gathered today in Manhattan to mourn the death of a 32 year-old gay man, who was shot down on Friday just blocks away from the historic Stonewall Inn in an apparent act of anti-gay bias.
Facebook, COO Sheryl Sandberg go purple to stand against bullying on #SpiritDay
Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg, Head of Diversity & Inclusion Sara Sperling, and colleagues at Facebook’s headquarters and offices around the world participated in Spirit Day today by wearing purple to speak out against bullying and support LGBT youth!
Facebook launched a new bullying prevention resource page and a new video for Bullying Prevention Month. The new resource is located within the Facebook Safety Center.
Facebook also supported Spirit Day by turning select national pages purple, including Facebook's StopBullyingSpeakUp, Diversity, and Safety pages, as well as encouraging employees at offices around the world to wear purple on October 19. Facebook has participated in Spirit Day since 2010, when an event page was created to promote the first Spirit Day, attracting hundreds of thousands of RSVPs. GLAAD worked with Facebook to remove hateful comments and images posted to the event page. In 2012, Facebook became the first social media company to be receive a GLAAD Media Award.
Participation in Spirit Day, as well as the new bullying prevention resources, are just the latest ways in which Facebook has demonstrated its strong commitment to supporting its LGBT users and preventing bullying. In June Facebook added same-sex icons for married couples.
"When young people find a sea of purple profile photos and supportive voices on their favorite websites and apps, it sends a powerful message that it's okay to be who you are," said GLAAD president Herndon Graddick. "Tech giants like Facebook and Yahoo! are leading the way in taking steps to address bullying and bringing Spirit Day's message to young people year round."
Social media is critically important to spreading the word about Spirit Day, and supporters are encouraged to make their Facebook and Twitter profile photos purple using the tools on the Spirit Day website, www.glaad.org/spiritday. Even the White House went purple on Spirit Day.
Other tech companies supported Spirit Day as well.
Yahoo! Participated in Spirit Day again, kicking off by posting about Spirit Day to its Yahoo! Pride page. Last year the company went purple on their social media sites, posted about Spirit Day to the Yahoo! OMG Blog, and enouraged employees to wear purple.
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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