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LOOK: Kevin Keller makes #SpirtDay more animated in special comic strip

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Kevin Keller, the first openly gay character in the history of Archie Comics, will be taking a stand against bullying as an ambassador for 2013's Spirit Day, showing support for LGBT youth everywhere, in an exclusive Spirit Day comic strip!

Kevin is a popular, top-achieving student at Riverdale High School. On top of making friends with the legendary Archie, Betty, and Veronica, Kevin was elected president of his class and has won awards for his journalism. He's also devilishly handsome.

His life hasn't always been charmed, though. Moving around frequently with his military family, Kevin was often bullied for being gay when he was growing up. Now, he uses the tough experiences from his past to guide and support his LGBT peers as they learn to accept themselves.

Readers of Archie Comics and Kevin's self-titled series get to witness several milestones in Kevin's romantic life, including his first date, first kiss, and down the road, even his wedding. This October 17th will be another milestone for Kevin; it's his first year as a Spirit Day ambassador—and he's the first animated one we've ever had.

Dan Parent, comic book artist and writer, created Kevin's character for Archie Comics and is an ally to the LGBT community. Watch what Kevin-creator Dan Parent has to say about bullying, Riverdale High, and Kevin's coming out:

Every year, tons of schools, organizations, companies, faith groups, and sports teams sign on to be Spirit Day partners. Kevin is joined by celebrity ambassadors like Macklemore, Ryan Lewis, Ke$ha, the cast of Degrassi, Elvis Duran, and more. Celebrities including Demi Lovato, the cast of Hot in Cleveland, Steve Grand, and tons more are participating as well. Even landmarks throughout the country are going purple to put an end to anti-LGBT bullying. Are you?

Founded in 2010, Spirit Day, which will be on October 17th this year, is an international, united stand against bullying and show of support for LGBT teens and young adults everywhere. There's still time for you and your school to get into the spirit by:

  • Turning your Facebook, Twitter and other profile photos purple at www.glaad.org/spiritday and spreading the word by using hashtag #SpiritDay
  • Wearing purple on October 17th and encouraging classmates or coworkers to do the same
  • Uploading photos of you wearing purple to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr using hashtag #SpiritDay and Spirit Day graphics
  • Downloading the Spirit Day App
  • Educating your friends and family about bullying and the LGBT community
  • Getting your school, GSA, organization, etc. to become a Spirit Day partner

Time is running out to go purple on Spirit Day as a participant and partner, and to join the Facebook event! Sign up today and spread the word.

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