WATCH: Elvis Duran paints the nation purple for LGBT youth with awesome video & swag for #SpiritDay

Elvis Duran, famed radio host of the nationally syndicated Elvis Duran and the Morning Show, is living up to his title as 2013 Spirit Day Ambassador. Elvis is among the millions around the world who are going purple for Spirit Day on October 17th in a united stand against bullying and to show his support for LGBT youth.

Watch the message from him and his co-hosting team about the importance of putting an end to bullying:

Like what you see? You can spread the word by picking up a purple Spirit Day T-Shirt at Elvis' store. All the proceeds go to support GLAAD's work to build support for equality. On top of raising awareness with the video and t-shirts, Elvis Duran and the Morning Show's Facebook and Twitter profile pictures will be going purple on Spirit Day. They'll be encouraging their celebrity guests and listeners around the country to get into the spirit of supporting LGBT youth.

"All of our show members are united and thrilled to wear purple and support Spirit Day," said Elvis Duran host of the nationally syndicated 'Elvis Duran and The Morning Show.' The dialogue about anti-bullying and acceptance is an important piece of our overall agenda. Thank you, GLAAD, for providing focus on this serious human rights issue."

Since coming out as gay and taking a stand against anti-LGBT hate on his program in 2010, Elvis has worked with many LGBT organizations, including Rosie's Theater Kids, Robin Hood Foundation, Rock and Rawhide, and, of course, GLAAD. He joins celebrity ambassadors like Ke$ha, Jason Collins, the cast of Degrassi and others, as well as participants Kelly Osbourne, Demi Lovato, Steve Grand, the cast of Hot in Cleveland, and tons more. Each year, companies, organizations, faith groups, schools, sports teams, and even landmarks like American Eagle Outfitters go purple.

Founded in 2010, Spirit Day, which will be on October 17 this year, 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

  • Taking the Spirit Day Pledge
  • Wearing purple on the 17th
  • Spreading the word through social media, using #SpiritDay, and turning your profile pictures and websites purple
  • 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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