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Lee Thompson aka Uncle Poodle talks on #SpiritDay about growing up in the South and being bullied
Lee Thompson, the uncle of 7-year-old Alana Thompson who reached fame by appearing on the hit TLC reality series Here Comes Honey Boo Boo and telling his coming out story to the Georgia Voice, took time to speak with GLAAD about how we all need to support LGBT youth and take a stand against bullying on Spirit Day. He’ll be joining his niece Alana by wearing purple on Spirit Day today.
Lee knows what it’s like to face bullying. In the video below he talks about being bullied, but also tells LGBT youth that they should be proud of who they are.
If you are being bullied – or know someone who is – check out the Spirit Day anti-bullying resource kit. You can join us for Spirit Day by RSVPing on Facebook to wear purple on October 19 and going purple today on Facebook and Twitter!
In last week’s Georgia Voice article, Thompson said acceptance of gay people is growing in his native Georgia- where he returned earlier this year with his husband. “Things are changing. My husband and I live in Milledgeville because we want to be out in the country. I’m gay, but I’m as redneck as I can get, and we want to be somewhere we can fish and jump on a four-wheeler, go hog wallowing. There’s probably 40 or 50 of us — gays, lesbians, bisexual, transgender people — around here, they’re all open about it, everybody knows it,” he told the Georgia Voice.
Lee Thompson joins other Spirit Day participants including all professionals sports leagues such as the NBA and Major League Baseball, the Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign and Vegas strip, MTV, and celebrities including Ricky Martin and Reba McEntire! Additional TLC stars, including Sophie LaMontagne and Katherine Kallinis from DC Cupcakes, stars of The Little Couple Bill Klein and Jen Arnold, Theresa Caputo of The Long Island Medium, and Monte Durham and Lori Allen from Say Yes to the Dress Atlanta Check out all of our participants now! Check out all of our participants now!
You can also 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.