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Spirit Day is one month away - See who's going purple for #SpiritDay on 10/19
Celebrity blogger Perez Hilton, Nickelodeon’s Avan Jogia, Pretty Little Liars star Shay Mitchell, NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal, TV icon George Takei, and daytime talk show host of The Wendy Williams Show, Wendy Williams, will join GLAAD, hundreds of corporations, national landmarks, schools, local communities and millions of Americans in wearing purple for Spirit Day on October 19, 2012 in a stand against bullying and to show their support for LGBT youth.
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This year, GLAAD is bringing together special celebrity participants and outstanding advocates and leaders to serve as Spirit Day Ambassadors. The Spirit Day Ambassadors will not only be wearing purple on October 19 in a stand against bullying, but they will be actively working to make sure others do too!
College student Jordan Addison, who recently shared his experience with anti-gay bullying on The Ellen DeGeneres Show; Shane Bitney Crone, whose web video about the tragic death of his partner has garnered millions of views; anti-bullying advocate Katy Butler, who successfully lobbied the MPAA to change the rating of BULLY from 'R' to 'PG-13'; anti-bullying advocate Brittany McMillan; advocate and author Tiq Milan; transgender advocate, author of Fish Food: A Memoir and former People.com editor Janet Mock; Ohio mom Jennifer Tyrrell, who was ousted as leader of her son’s Boy Scouts troop because she’s gay; Scouts for Equality founder and author of My Two Moms, Zach Wahls; will participate alongside Hilton, Jogia, Mitchell, O’Neal, Takei and Williams as Spirit Day Ambassadors.
"I am participating in Spirit Day because I know what it’s like to be bullied, to feel like you aren’t good enough," says Jordan Addison. "I’ve made a decision to stand with GLAAD and let all of the bullied in the world know that you are good enough, and you can be strong enough to make it through anything you’re facing."
"Showing support for your friends, family and teachers can make all the difference in the world to young LGBT people, whether they are going through a tough time or not,” said 17-year-old Brittany McMillan. “This year, Spirit Day is going to be bigger and better than ever, and I’m so thrilled to be going purple alongside some of my favorite celebrities, as well as millions of others in a united stand against bullying.”
"On Spirit Day we wear purple to show support for the LGBT community and to stand up against bullies," says Shane Bitney Crone. "This gesture, as small as it may seem, has the power to inspire change, creating a ripple effect that brings about awareness and reminds people they are not alone. It is about uniting together to spread a message of support that can change, and possibly save people’s lives."
Other exciting participants include great organizations like the BULLY Project; Campus Pride; FriendFactor; the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN); GSA Network; the National Bullying Prevention Center by PACER; Parents, Family and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG); Reaching Out MBA; Straight But Not Narrow; The Trevor Project; and Youth Empowered to Act (YETA), as well as companies like AMC Entertainment, AT&T, CNBC, Caesars Foundation, Carat, Citi, Delta Air Lines, Draftfcb, Facebook, Hewlett-Packard Company, The McGraw-Hill Companies, Omnicom Group, Publicis Kaplan Thaler, Publicis Groupe, Toyota Financial Services, Warner Bros., and Yahoo!
The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), the nation’s second largest school district with more than 640,000 students in over 900 schools, will participate by sharing information about Spirit Day with students on its website and through its social media channels. The National Basketball Association (NBA) and Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) will also participate through social media.
Even LAX and the JFK traffic tower will be going purple for Spirit Day!
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