Morning shows across networks broadcast their support for Spirit Day today, taking a stand against bullying and showing their support for LGBT youth. From ABC's 'Good Morning America,' NBC's 'TODAY,' to CNN's 'New Day,' CNBC, and VH1's 'Big Morning Buzz,' anchors put on their purple and leant their support to what's become the largest, most visible anti-bullying campaign in the country.
'Good Morning America' hosts George Stephanopoulos, Lara Spencer, Josh Elliott, Sam Champion, and guest co-host Elizabeth Vargas sported purple on today's program, delivering several Spirit Day shoutouts and even speaking to the crowd in Times Square about the importance of bullying prevention.
— Good Morning America (@GMA) October 17, 2013
— Sam Champion (@SamChampion) October 17, 2013
— Lara Spencer (@LaraSpencer) October 17, 2013
— Josh Elliott (@JoshElliottABC) October 17, 2013
Even ABC News President Ben Sherwood expressed his support for Spirit Day:
— Ben Sherwood (@BenSherwoodABC) October 17, 2013
Over at TODAY, anchors Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie, Al Roker, and guest anchor Tamron Hall also geared up in purple for Spirit Day.
— Tamron Hall (@tamronhall) October 17, 2013
Also at TODAY, 'Will and Grace' stars Eric McCormack and Debra Messing reunited to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the groundbreaking series. Both actors wore purple ribbons in honor of Spirit Day.
— Eric McCormack (@EricMcCormack) October 17, 2013
'Will and Grace' also boasted its Spirit Day support on Facebook:
Across town at CNN, 'New Day' anchors Chris Cuomo and Michaela Pereira were also decked out in purple:
VH1's 'Big Morning Buzz Live with Carrie Keagan' was also in purple during today's show. VH1 even turned its on-air logo and its social media icons purple for Spirit Day.
— VH1 (@VH1) October 17, 2013
CNBC, which observed Spirit Day cross continentally, opened trades today in Spirit Day purple as well:
— CNBC PR (@CNBCPR) October 17, 2013
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