Spirit Day Carries Particular Significance for Southern States

Millions of people—and not just here in the US—went purple in honor of Spirit Day 2011. Organizations across the Southeast, including Equality North Carolina, South Carolina Equality Coalition, Tennessee Equality Project and Alabama Equality, participated in this day that raises awareness about the anti-LGBT bullying that so many of the nation’s youth face. Spirit Day also provided everyone with the opportunity to show LGBT youth that they are supported, loved, and appreciated. Even the White House’s blog, Facebook, and Twitter went purple today. The day carried specific significance for students at North Carolina State University who, just last week, were the victims of a “hate incident” in which someone spray painted anti-gay slurs on the door and wall of their LGBT center. Today, NCSU students wore purple in solidarity and had a public dialogue about the need for LGBT inclusiveness.


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Interscope Records

GLAAD and Interscope Records today released “Hands,” a musical tribute to the victims of Orlando, featuring Mary J Blige, Jason Derulo, Tyler Glenn, Selena Gomez, Halsey, Ty Herndon, Imagine Dragons, Juanes, Adam Lambert, Mary Lambert, Jennifer Lopez, the Trans Chorus of Los Angeles, Kacey Musgraves, MNEK, Alex Newell, P!nk, Prince Royce, Nate Ruess, RuPaul, Troye Sivan, Jussie Smollett, Britney Spears, Gwen Stefani, and Meghan Trainor. The tribute will be made available in the U.S. at iTunes exclusively.