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 18
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.
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#SpiritDay: 19 Days of Action – Day 18, October 18, 2012
#SpiritDay is tomorrow! You've taken the pledge, you've gone purple using GLAAD's #SpiritDay tool, you've helped spread the word. This is a final reminder to everyone: TOMORROW, on Friday, October 19, wear purple and use the #SpiritDay hashtag! Spirit Day is meant to stop bullying and support LGBT youth! When you text PURPLE to 80888, you are supporting the important work GLAAD, GLSEN and The Trevor Project do every day.
By joining millions of people, students, organizations, corporations, celebrities, families, and more in going purple for #SpiritDay tomorrow, you are helping to create a world in which LGBT teens are celebrated and accepted for who they are.
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!
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