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.
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Ricky Martin, Joan Rivers, Stars of Glee and Other Celebs Go Purple for #SpiritDay to Support LGBT Youth
Happy Spirit Day! Today millions of Americans are wearing purple to take a stand against bullying and to show support for LGBT youth. Earlier this week we saw support tweeted from celebs such as Ian McKellen, Rita Moreno, Margaret Cho, William Shatner, Terrell Owens and Bernadette Peters, but even more celebs have gone purple today to celebrate #SpiritDay!
— Jesse Tyler Ferguson (@jessetyler) October 19, 2012
— k.d. lang (@kdlang) October 19, 2012
— Grant Gustin (@grantgust) October 19, 2012
Of course I'll B wearing purple 2morrowHope u r 2! Solidario con la causa. Mañana uso morado. No al acoso escolar #SpiritDay
— Ricky Martin (@ricky_martin) October 19, 2012
— Dianna Agron (@DiannaAgron) October 19, 2012
— Justin Mikita (@JustinMikita) October 19, 2012
— Chely Wright (@chelywright) October 19, 2012
— Keke Palmer (@KekePalmer) October 19, 2012
— Emmy Rossum (@emmyrossum) October 19, 2012
— Chaz Bono (@ChazBono) October 19, 2012
— Reba McEntire (@reba) October 19, 2012
— Keahu Kahuanui (@KeahuKahuanui) October 19, 2012
— Henry Winkler (@hwinkler4real) October 19, 2012
— Thomas Roberts (@ThomasARoberts) October 19, 2012
— Joan Rivers (@Joan_Rivers) October 19, 2012
— Max Adler (@MrMaxAdler) October 19, 2012
— DJ Pauly D (@DJPaulyD) October 19, 2012
And check out other celebs who are going purple including Shay Mitchell, Joel McHale, Wendy Williams and Shaquille O'Neal! They will all be going purple along with landmarks such as Times Square and the New York Stock Exchange!
Take a stand against bullying and support LGBT youth by participating in Spirit Day on Friday, October 19. To get involved, simply go purple today as we work to create a world in which LGBT teens are accepted for who they are. You can download GLAAD’s Spirit Day resource kit which contains tools to get your local community involved. Spirit Day participants can also spread the word and tell their friends they’re standing up against bullying, download the Spirit Day app for iPhone and Android, and 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. Another way to celebrate Spirit Day is to encourage the presidential candidates to come out against bullying by signing a new petition asking them to wear purple on October 19 and visit the American Apparel #SpiritDay store to get your own purple gear with a 10% discount and 10% of proceeds going to GLAAD.