More than 1,500 New Yorkers gathered today in Manhattan to mourn the death of a 32 year-old gay man, who was shot down on Friday just blocks away from the historic Stonewall Inn in an apparent act of anti-gay bias.
Major League Baseball teams show support for #SpiritDay on Twitter
In an unprecedented show of support, all 30 Major League Baseball have signed on to go purple for this year’s Spirit Day. They are joined by the NBA, WNBA, NFL, NHL, WWE, MLS, USA Track & Field and NASCAR’s diversity program in standing up against the bullying of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth. In honor of Spirit Day, all 30 MLB teams will post special #SpiritDay purple versions of their logos on Twitter.
Thanks to the MLB teams and other participants, #SpiritDay has been trending on Twitter in the United States.
Check out some of the teams' tweets below:
— MLB (@MLB) October 19, 2012
— Boston Red Sox (@RedSox) October 19, 2012
— Pittsburgh Pirates (@Pirates) October 19, 2012
— Detroit Tigers (@tigers) October 19, 2012
— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) October 19, 2012
Millions of people are participating online, including tech companies like Facebook, Tumblr, Hulu and SumbleUpon.
Join Major League Baseball in going purple online by changing your Facebook and Twitter profile picture purple here. Spirit Day participants can also spread the word by telling their friends that they’re going purple. 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.