Yesterday, in honor of Spirit Day Westfield Group, one of the world's largest shopping center portfolios around the world, unveiled their Spirit Day photo installation at Westfield Culver City. Cody Lassen, a member of GLAAD's Board of Directors, and Lisa Vanderpump from Bravo's Real Housewives of Beverly Hills were present and talked about the importance of Spirit Day. Lisa's dog Giggy joined in a purple outfit!
For the past week, Westfield hosted Spirit Day photo booths at Los Angeles locations in Culver City and Topanga Plaza. There, customers were invited to take free Spirit Day photos. Westfield also turned more than 37 of their websites purple and spread the word through social media about anti-LGBT bullying and supporting LGBT teens and young adults. You can also view Westfield's Spirit Day website here.
GLAAD staff stopped by the photo booth at the Culver City location to take some pictures.
On October 17, 2013, celebrities including Oprah Winfrey, Ashton Kutcher, Betty White, Demi Lovato, Jimmy Kimmel, Nick Cannon, Kristen Bell, Macklemore, Melissa Etheridge, WWE Superstar Darren Young and more went purple for the fourth annual Spirit Day. Eric McCormack & Debra Messing also wore purple ribbons during a Will & Grace reunion – as did TLC's Stacy London - on TODAY. Hosts of shows including Access Hollywood, Elvis Duran and the Morning Show, Extra, Good Morning America and the Wendy Williams Show also wore purple and spoke about Spirit Day on-air. The White House sent out messages of support on Twitter and tumblr. Sports leagues including Major League Baseball, Major League Soccer, the NBA, the NFL, the NHL and the WNBA participated on social media. And companies like American Eagle Outfitters, NBCUniversal, MTV, The Coca-Cola Company and Johnson & Johnson took a stand, along with hundreds of landmarks, schools, faith groups, media outlets, companies, and organizations. Facebook and Twitter users turned their profile photos purple and posted photos of classmates and coworkers wearing purple, and their messages of support for LGBT youth made #SpiritDay trend on Twitter.
Founded in 2010, Spirit Day is an international, united stand against bullying and show of support for LGBT teens and young adults everywhere. As we look back on Spirit Day 2013, please continue to spread the message and take action against bullying:
- Take a look at photos of who went purple to support LGBT youth
- Upload your own photos of you wearing purple to our website.
- Add your photos to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr using hashtag #SpiritDay
- Taking action to stand against bullying year round
Thanks for helping make Spirit Day 2013 a success!