VIDEO: Marcel Neergaard wants you to go purple for #SpiritDay

Marcel Neergaard, the 11 year-old boy who elevated the plight of LGBT bullying in Tennessee, has released a video, encouraging you to go purple for Spirit Day, this Thursday, October 17.

Earlier this year, Marcel gained national notoriety when he launched his petition, asking the educational lobbying organization, StudentsFirst, to stand with LGBT youth and rescind its 'Education Reformer of the Year' award from Rep. John Ragan, the author of Tennessee's 'Don't Say Gay' bill. For his efforts, Melissa Harris Perry named Marcel 'Foot Soldier of the Week.'

Marcel is one of GLAAD's Spirit Day Ambassadors, and he's taking his responsibility to ask people to go purple for Spirit Day very seriously. But that doesn't stop the video from taking a lighthearted approach. Take a look.

Marcel puts a personal perspective on Spirit day, "When I was bullied in school, it would have been really nice to see that purple shirt and know there were allies."

Founded in 2010, Spirit Day is an international, united stand against bullying and show of support for LGBT teens and young adults everywhere. Participants can get into the spirit by:

  • Turning your Facebook, Twitter and other profile photos purple at www.glaad.org/spiritday and spreading the word by using hashtag #SpiritDay
  • Wearing purple on October 17 and encouraging classmates or coworkers to do the same
  • Uploading photos of you wearing purple to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr using hashtag #SpiritDay
  • Downloading the Spirit Day App
  • Educating your friends and family about bullying and the LGBT community
  • Getting your school, GSA, organization, etc. to become a Spirit Day partner

Time is running out to become a Spirit Day participant and partner, and to join the Facebook event! Sign up today and spread the word.

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