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Spirit Day, which took place on October 17th, reached more than 150 million people around the world with a message of support for LGBT youth. Celebrities, national organizations, statewide groups, sports leagues, schools, faith groups, major media networks, companies, and more took a stand against bullying by 'going purple' and sharing support for LGBT youth. Check out who participated at http://glaad.org/spiritday.
This Spirit Day, we were thrilled to see more involvement than ever from Spanish-language media personalities and TV and radio hosts. It all began with iconic talk show host Cristina Saralegui taking on the role of Spirit Day Ambassador, turning her social media channels purple, and encouraging her fans to honor the day, too. Telemundo also covered the day and its significance on five affiliates. Celebrities on Telemundo as well as on Univision rocked purple, bringing Spirit Day into the homes of nearly every Latino/a family in the United States. Ricky Martin, Kate del Castillo, Ana Maria Polo, Enrique Santos and Christian Chávez, Gabriel Coronel, and Rodner Figueroa were among the noticable Spanish-language and Latino/a media stars to participate. In addition, Latino artists in English-language media also took part in Spirit Day on Facebook and Twitter; Guillermo Diaz from the hit show Scandal, Sara Ramirez from Grey's Anatomy and Lana Parilla from "Once Upon a Time" tweeted their support for LGBT youth. Read more here.
For Spirit Day, GLAAD's Director of News, Ross Murray, and Senior Media Strategist, Tiq Milan, visited Thompson Reuters for an employee potluck. Reuters was a major supporter of Spirit Day, turning its Times Square billboard purple and encouraging employees to go purple. Tiq and Ross talked about the history of Spirit Day, the expansiveness of the program, as well as the rest of GLAAD's work with the media.
Tiq Milan, Senior Media Strategist at GLAAD, participated in The New York Times' "Room for Debate." Tiq answered the question, "Are 'trans rights' and 'gay rights' still allies?", and wrote about the importance of including communities from the entire LGBT spectrum in the movement for equality. Read more here.
For Dante Alencastre remembering how he was treated as a boy in Peru is far from easy. In fact it's really painful. Dante, a documentary filmmaker, was reminded only recently of scars left by bullying when, at a social function in Lima, he ran into one of the bullies who tormented him and found himself speechless and fearful all these years later. Though difficult to recall, Dante shared his story recently, with GLAAD's help, on the show Sin Límites. He told viewers about the experience, hoping audiences will understand how powerful and long-lasting the effects of bullying can be. Sin Límites is aired on CNN's Spanish-language broadcast network CNN Latino.
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