Lee Thompson, the uncle of 7-year-old Alana Thompson who reached fame by appearing on the hit TLC reality series Here Comes Honey Boo Boo and telling his coming out story to the Georgia Voice, took time to speak with GLAAD about how we all need to support LGBT youth and take a stand against bullying on Spirit Day.
On Spirit Day, as we are surrounded by a sea of purple, ballot questions about marriage equality to be voted on until November 6 may seem a ways off, but marriage equality and bullying are two sides of the same coin. Believe Out Loud chose Spirit Day to launch their latest campaign, Paint America in Rainbows.
Tonight, Bravo's Watch What Happens Live took part in Spirit Day when host Andy Cohen donned a purple tie/shirt combo and Clubhouse guest Lisa Hochstein from The Real Housewives of Miami and singer-actress Brandy Norwood wore purple ribbons to take a stand against bullying and to show support for LGBT youth.
For the very first time, every top cable news network is taking part in Spirit Day able news networks CNN, MSNBC, Fox News and HLN are participating in Spirit Day today, with anchors on all four networks donning purple to take a stand against bullying and support LGBT youth. Plus, business news leader CNBC has had anchors in purple throughout dayparts for the third year in a row!
The cast of the new Off-Broadway musical BARE went purple today to celebrate Spirit Day and they went a step further with a video talking about the importance of taking a stand against bullying, supporting LGBT youth and celebrating differences.