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U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan Wears Purple, Sends Message of Support on #SpiritDay
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan is wearing a purple tie on Spirit Day to send a message of support to LGBT youth and taking a stand against bullying.
— Arne Duncan (@arneduncan) October 19, 2012
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and the White House join other Spirit Day participants including all professionals sports leagues such as the NBA and Major League Baseball, the Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign and Vegas strip, MTV, and celebrities including Ricky Martin and Reba McEntire! Check out all of our participants now! Check out all of our participants now!
Millions of people are participating online, including tech companies like Facebook, Tumblr, Hulu and SumbleUpon. Right now, #SpiritDay is even trending on Twitter in the U.S.!
You can also get involved by downloading GLAAD’s Spirit Day resource kit, which contains tools to help turn your community purple in a stand against bullying. Spirit Day participants can also spread the word by telling their friends that they’re going purple on 10/19. Or, you can text PURPLE to 80888 to donate $5 to support the important work GLAAD,GLSEN and The Trevor Project do every day to end bullying and support LGBT youth.
Nothing to wear? Visit American Apparel's official Spirit Day store and look good while giving! Use discount code SPIRIT at check out for an exclusive 10% Spirit Day savings. From 10/12 - 10/19, American Apparel will also donate 10% of all purple proceeds to GLAAD.