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.
Fox News Joins CNN, CNBC, HLN, MSNBC in Purple as Cable News Recognizes #SpiritDay
For the very first time, every top cable news network is taking part in Spirit Day able news networks CNN, MSNBC, Fox News and HLN are participating in Spirit Day today, with anchors on all four networks donning purple to take a stand against bullying and support LGBT youth. Plus, business news leader CNBC has had anchors in purple throughout dayparts for the third year in a row!
Early this morning, CNN morning anchor Zoraida Sambolin of Early Start wore purple on the air to commemorate Spirit Day, with additional anchors and show hosts likely to take part. CNN talent also took part last year, including Anderson Cooper and Dr. Drew Pinksky.
MSNBC's Lynn Berry on First Look also donned a purple dress.
On CNBC, anchors like those on Squak Box are wearing purple throughout the day, as are on-air talent on a number of other NBC Universal stations, including NBC, Telemundo, and E!.
Even the conservative leaning Fox News is recognizing Spirit Day with purple showing up on the hosts of Happening Now and Fox and Friends. GLAAD sent Fox News information about Spirit Day in advance. The network called GLAAD to thank them for the information to participate and said that they would pass it along to News Corp. Today, some of the anchors are sending a message that young people should never be bullied or mistreated for who they are is one that everyone should get behind, regardless of political affiliation.
You too can get involved by downloading GLAAD’s Spirit Day resource kit, which contains tools to help turn your community purple in a stand against bullying. Spirit Day participants can also spread the word by telling their friends that they’re going purple on 10/19. Or, you can text PURPLE to 80888 to donate $5 to support the important work GLAAD,GLSEN and The Trevor Project do every day to end bullying and support LGBT youth.
Nothing to wear? Visit American Apparel's official Spirit Day store and look good while giving! Use discount code SPIRIT at check out for an exclusive 10% Spirit Day savings. From 10/12 - 10/19, American Apparel will also donate 10% of all purple proceeds to GLAAD.
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