Today is Spirit Day, and the MLB with its 30 clubs are once again taking a stand against bullying and to show support for LGBT youth!
For those contending for the World Series trophy, most colors are red, blue and orange, but not for today. You will see purple across all baseball teams.
At game 5 of the American League Championship Series between the Red Sox and Tigers at Comerica Park (8pm ET tonight, FOX) the entire crowd will be prompted to take a stand against bullying on the scoreboard and hear an announcement about how to get involved in Spirit Day.
In addition, profile pictures of @MLB and all official team Twitter accounts will have purple outlines, and there is a purple hue on official MLB Facebook and Instagram pages. You will also see the trends of #Postseason and #SpiritDay go hand in hand.
"Words, just as much as actions, have consequences," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. "You are more powerful than you know."
Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy also said, "If you or someone you know is being bulled, there are things you can do to make it stop."
All the teams in the league have posted a message in support of Spirit Day and LGBT youth on the teams' Facebook pages. Take a moment to visit your favorite team on Facebook and say thanks.
"By going purple for Spirit Day and taking a stand against bullying, Major League Baseball continues to show its strong commitment to opening up the game for all fans and players," said GLAAD's Wilson Cruz. "We're hopeful that fans of the sport and hopeful young players who see this message will be inspired to participate in their own way by sharing the league's support for LGBT youth."
In addition to Major League Baseball, Major League Soccer (MLS), National Basketball Association (NBA) & Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA), National Football League (NFL), National Hockey League (NHL), Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) are all going purple to show support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth.
Founded in 2010, Spirit Day, which will be on October 17 this year, is an international, united stand against bullying and show of support for LGBT teens and young adults everywhere. Participants can 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 17 and encouraging classmates or coworkers to do the same
- Uploading photos of you wearing purple to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr using hashtag #SpiritDay
- Downloading the Spirit Day App
- Speaking out for LGBT youth on Spirit Day
- Getting your school, GSA, organization, etc. to become a Spirit Day partner