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.
The Weather Channel, GMA, The View, The Talk, The Chew & Wendy Williams 'Go Purple' for Spirit Day
Today is Spirit Day, and millions of people across the country are wearing purple - offline and online - to show their support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth and to take an important stand against bullying. (To 'go purple' on Facebook, Twitter, etc., please click here.)
Many of daytime television's brightest stars are among those going purple for Spirit Day.
Today on cable's The Weather Channel, meteorologists Vivian Brown, Mark Elliott, Jen Carfango and Mike Bettes all pulled out their best purple attire with the hope that the future will be bright for LGBT youth.
Robin Roberts and George Stephanopoulos, hosts of ABC's Good Morning America, wore purple this morning. Their participation in Spirit Day sent a powerful message to not only those outside of their Times Square studio, but also to the millions of Americans watching at home.
A little later this morning, Whoopi Goldberg, Sherri Shepherd, Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Barbara Walters, hosts of ABC's The View, agreed on at least one thing - and that's that bullying simply has no place in our world today. And yes, Whoopi is wearing purple - just take another look at those shoes. For Spirit Day, purple footwear counts too!
Today, the ladies welcomed former Dancing With the Stars contestant Carson Kressley. The openly gay fashion guru may have been voted off DWTS this week, but he looked like a winner in his purple tie!
Meanwhile, over at CBS' The Talk, all of the hosts wore purple for Spirit Day - as did supermodel Iman and actress Camryn Manheim, the show's guests for the day.
Sara Gilbert, one of show's hosts, went a step further by recording this promotional video to explain why she and her fellow Talk co-hosts would be wearing purple for Spirit Day:
The ABC network remained purple into the afternoon with hosts of The Chew also taking part in Spirit Day.
One last shout out - for now - goes to talk-show host Wendy Williams. Wendy and her guest for the day - supermodel Tyra Banks - both looked great in purple. Tyra also deserves special recognition for having tweeted about #SpiritDay to more than 4.3 million of her Twitter followers. Thanks, Tyra! You look fierce indeed!
GLAAD sends a great big thank you to all of those celebrities and media outlets who used their influential platforms to send a message of support to LGBT youth on this Spirit Day!