Lifetime stars and staff go purple for #SpiritDay, network holds discussion about bullying

Yesterday I had the opportunity to stop by the Lifetime offices during Spirit Day and was overwhelmed by the support and dedication from the staff during the anti-bullying initiative. The whole staff was wearing purple!

While there we had a discussion about Spirit Day and the importance of visibility and storylines about bullying in entertainment media, which Drop Dead Diva tackled again in a recent episode.

Lifetime also went purple on social media yesterday and many of the network's stars took to Twitter to send a message of support to LGBT youth.

Rachel Boston from Witches of East End told LGBT youth to embrace who they are.

Star of Devious Maids, Susan Lucci, wore a purple dress for the occasion.

Edy Ganem from Devious Maids also wore purple yesterday.

Isaac Mizrahi, who will be a judge on the new season of Project Runway All Stars which premieres next Thursday even recorded a video message.

On October 17, 2013, celebrities including Oprah Winfrey, Ashton Kutcher, Betty White, Demi Lovato, Jimmy Kimmel, Nick Cannon, Kristen Bell, Macklemore, Melissa Etheridge, WWE Superstar Darren Young and more went purple for the fourth annual Spirit Day. Eric McCormack & Debra Messing also wore purple ribbons during a Will & Grace reunion – as did TLC's Stacy London - on TODAY. Hosts of shows including Access Hollywood, Elvis Duran and the Morning Show, Extra, Good Morning America and the Wendy Williams Show also wore purple and spoke about Spirit Day on-air. The White House sent out messages of support on Twitter and tumblr. Sports leagues including Major League Baseball, Major League Soccer, the NBA, the NFL, the NHL and the WNBA participated on social media. And companies like American Eagle Outfitters, NBCUniversal, MTV, The Coca-Cola Company and Johnson & Johnson took a stand, along with hundreds of landmarks, schools, faith groups, media outlets, companies, and organizations. Facebook and Twitter users turned their profile photos purple and posted photos of classmates and coworkers wearing purple, and their messages of support for LGBT youth made #SpiritDay trend on Twitter.

Founded in 2010, Spirit Day is an international, united stand against bullying and show of support for LGBT teens and young adults everywhere. As we look back on Spirit Day 2013, please continue to spread the message and take action against bullying:

Thanks for helping make Spirit Day 2013 a success!

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