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.
#SpiritDay: 19 Days of Action -- Day 16
Spirit Day is almost here. On October 19, millions of Americans will once again wear purple in a stand against bullying and to show their support for LGBT youth.
This year, GLAAD is counting down to Spirit Day with 19 Days of Action – quick and easy steps you can take each day to help stand up to bullying.
Ready to get started?
#SpiritDay: 19 Days of Action – Day 16, October 16, 2012
Celebrities like Dianna Agron, George Takei and Pauly D are all going purple for Spirit Day. Check out our list and tweet at those who are not yet on it.
@________ Stand up against bullying by wearing purple on #SpiritDay 10/19! http://glaad.org/spiritday
@________ Will you go purple for #SpiritDay 10/19 to support LGBT youth & end bullying? http://glaad.org/spiritday@________ #SpiritDay is Fri 10/19 - Wear purple & make your Twitter pic purple to end #bullying at http://glaad.org/spiritday@________ #SpiritDay is Fri 10/20! Stand against #bullying by making your Twitter pic purple at http://glaad.org/spiritday
Check out some tweets from celebs who are already going purple:
— Bernadette Peters (@OfficialBPeters) October 12, 2012
— Sean Maher (@Sean_M_Maher) October 13, 2012
— Ian McKellen (@ianmckellen118) October 14, 2012
Go purple on Facebook and Twitter by turning your profle pictures purple! Use GLAAD's #SpiritDay tool and after you turn your profile pictures purple, spread the word by posting to Twitter and Facebook.
You can also download a free Facebook cover photo to turn your whole profile purple
You can now take part in Spirit Day right from your phone! GLAAD and Toyota Financial Services have launched the “Go Purple for #SpiritDay powered by Toyota Financial Services” app for iPhone and Android. The app provides users with anti-bullying resources, calls to action, and a tool that can turn photos purple and share to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. The free app is now available in the Apple App Store and on Google Play.
Another way to celebrate Spirit Day is to encourage the presidential candidates to come out against bullying by signing a new petition asking them to wear purple on October 19th for Spirit Day.
The petition was created by Katy Butler, Spirit Day Ambassador, who previously created a Change.org petition calling on the MPAA to change the rating of BULLY from ‘R’ to ‘PG-13’. The rating was finally changed, helping bring this important film to young people across the nation.
Don't forget that you can text PURPLE to 80888 right now to support the important work of GLAAD, GLSEN and The Trevor Project with a $5 donation.
Be sure to check www.glaad.org/spiritday tomorrow for more easy ways you can take part in Spirit Day and help take a stand against bullying!
Tweet about your support for Spirit Day: