Spirit Day 2012 has provided so many moments of shared pride for us at GLAAD as more people than ever joined us in supporting this important cause.
Beginning bright and early Lucía Navarro of CNN en Español’s “Café CNN” was wearing purple and explaining her support of LGBT people. We were very happy to have been interviewed on the show, which aired in the U.S. and in Mexico. Click here to watch the interview.
Satcha Pretto of Univision’s “Despierta América” rocked purple as did the cast of “Primer Impacto” and openly gay fashion journalist Rodner Figueroa of Univision’s “Sal y Pimienta” and “El Gordo y la Flaca. Teresa Rodríguez from Univision’s “Aqui y Ahora” also tweeted”
— Teresa Rodriguez (@TereRodriguezTV) October 19, 2012
The cast of Telemundo’s “Un Nuevo Día” wore purple in support for LGBT youth and to stand against bullying, and co-host Rashel Díaz tweeted her support, as did María Celeste Arrarás, host of “Al Rojo Vivo.”
Armando Correa, editor of People en Español tweeted a photo of his three adorable kids and his partner, for Spirit Day. He later tweeted a photo of the entire staff in purple. Padrisimo Magazine did a story on El Dia del Espíritu and turned its cover purple.
LGBT youth also have been receiving overwhelming support from Latino celebrities. Ricky Martin, Christian Chávez, both openly gay, took to Twitter to show their support in the lead up and then also on Spirit Day. Singers Laura León and Lucía Méndez also started early, reminding fans on Thursday about their plans to support Spirit Day. Other celebrities include Edith Márquez, Mario Cimarro, Vanessa Villela, Eréndira Ibarra, Marjorie de Sousa and Diego Schoening.
— Laura Leon (@Lauraleonmx) October 19, 2012
The host and the staff of E! Entertainment Latinoamérica’s “La Sopa” also went purple, as did Mexican digital news outlet Animal Político, which published an article about the importance of Spirit Day and ways to get involved.
Spirit Day was started by teen Brittany McMillan in 2010 as a way to show support for LGBT youth, who face high levels of bullying and harassment. Sadly, 40% of homeless youth are LGBT and of those, 26% are Latino. In other words, homeless youth are disproportionately LGBT, and homeless LGBT youth are disproportionately Latino, making the message of acceptance and respect crucial.
Stay tuned for a post on participation by U.S. Latino organizations and Latin American LGBT media outlets and organizations!