Bright and early on Spirit Day morning, "Good Morning America" host Sam Champion chatted with a particularly purple posse in the audience about standing up to anti-LGBT bullying. Sam and fellow hosts Lara Spencer, Josh Elliott, George Stephanopoulous, and special guest co-host Elizabeth Vargas showed their support for LGBT youth by decking themselves out in purple clothes and accessories (special shout out to Lara's purple satin high heels). Later, the stylin' GMA team spoke more about Spirit Day, after they had taken to Twitter:
— Good Morning America (@GMA) October 17, 2013
— Sam Champion (@SamChampion) October 17, 2013
— Lara Spencer (@LaraSpencer) October 17, 2013
— Josh Elliott (@JoshElliottABC) October 17, 2013
"Good Morning America" airs on ABC, which is one of GLAAD's Spirit Day media partners this year. The president of ABC News, Ben Sherwood, was also busy this morning spreading the word about going purple via Twitter:
— Ben Sherwood (@BenSherwoodABC) October 17, 2013
Morning shows across the airwaves joined GMA in their spirited endouvers, including on CNN, VH1, and CNBC, just to name a few. Debra Messing and Eric McCormack spoke about the movement to end bullying on "The Today Show," while they reunited for a "Will & Grace" reunion.
Are you wearing your Spirit Day purple?
Going purple is easy:
- Wear something purple today - whether it's a purple scarf, purple tie, or an entirely purple outfit, you'll be taking a stand against bullying!
- Head over to www.glaad.org/spiritday to turn your Facebook and Twitter profile pics purple right now to show LGBT youth you support them.
- Share your photos with us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr and Google+ with the hashtag #SpiritDay - some may even be featured on the Spirit Day website.
With your help, young people everywhere will be able to walk into school or turn on TV and see a sea of purple. They'll see that the world has their back, and that it's okay to be who you are.