CHER, HEATHER GRAHAM, CARSON KRESSLEY, RICKY MARTIN, JOEL MCHALE, SUZE ORMAN, JOAN RIVERS, TORI SPELLING, STARS OF WWE, NBC, FOX, JERSEY SHORE & NICKELODEON JOIN MILLIONS TO SPEAK OUT AGAINST ANTI-LGBT BULLYING BY 'GOING PURPLE' ON SPIRIT DAY, OCTOBER 20
New York, NY, October 19, 2011 – The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) will join millions of lesbian gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people and allies by participating in Spirit Day and wearing purple on October 20, 2011. Wearing purple on this day symbolizes support for LGBT people and against bullying of LGBT teens. For more information, visit: www.glaad.org/spiritday.
GLAAD is working with organizations including the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), the PACER Center, GLSEN, GSA Network, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), PFLAG and The Trevor Project as part of National Bullying Prevention Month to inspire Americans to wear purple on Spirit Day. In addition to wearing purple on October 20, supporters will be changing their Facebook and Twitter photos purple today through October 20 by using free applications to turn profile photos purple at www.glaad.org/spiritday. GLAAD partnered with Mobli to create a Spirit Day channel for Mobli apps on Android, Blackberry and iPhone products.
Cher, Heather Graham, Gloria Allred, Ricky Martin, Joel McHale, Suze Orman, Joan Rivers, Tori Spelling, and stars of the WWE will join Chaz Bono, Mia Farrow, Lukas Haas (Inception), Allison Janney, Julianne Moore, Sara Ramirez, and cast members of TeenNick’s Degrassi by wearing purple. MTV participants include Pauley D, Sammi Giancola and Vinny Guadagnino (Jersey Shore), Farrah Abraham, Tyler Baltierra, Maci Bookout and Catelynn Lowell (Teen Mom) as well as Jillian Rose Reed, Nikki Deloach, Matthew Fahey, Greer Grammer, Jessica Lu, Desi Lydic, and Beau Mirchoff (Awkward.). MTV2 talent includes Matt Pinfield, Charlamagne and DJ Envy. NBC participants include Aziz Ansari (Parks and Recreation), Chris D’Elia and Zoe Lister-Jones (Whitney), Christopher McDonald and Karen Olivo (Harry’s Law), and Bob Harper (Biggest Loser). Additional celebrities include: Kate Clinton, Laverne Cox, Avan Jogia (Nickelodeon’s Victorious), Paulina Rubio, Stephen Wallem (Nurse Jackie) and Chely Wright.
For a list of previously announced celebrity participants, see below.
Hosts of CBS’ The Talk, ABC’s The View, Noticiero Telemundo and NBC’s Access Hollywood Live will join Conan O’Brien, Wendy Williams, CNBC’s Jim Cramer and Simon Hobbs, Dr. Drew of CNN, E!’s Marc Malkin, and Thomas Roberts of MSNBC by wearing purple on-air.
MTV will be turning its on-air logo purple along with the network’s Facebook, Twitter, MTV.com and MTV Act logos. Online and on-air logos for MTV2, mtvU, MTV Hits, MTV Jams and RateMyProfessors.com will also turn purple. MTV 44 and ½, the jumbotron in Times Square, will also light purple for Spirit Day.
The Sundance Channel has announced that its on-air logo will be purple. People en Espanol, X17 Online, TooFab.com and Seventeen magazine announced that their online logos will appear in purple.
The LAX Gateway lights at Los Angeles International Airport will also be lit purple.
Previously announced companies that will participate include AMC Entertainment, American Airlines, AT&T, B|W|R Public Relations, Comcast, Delta, Draftfcb, Facebook, Goldman Sachs, Hewlett-Packard, McGraw-Hill, NBCUniversal, Nielsen, PepsiCo, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, Verizon, Viacom and Yahoo!. Participating companies will be distributing information to employees about wearing purple; some have also pledged to turn logos purple for the day. For more information on specific plans, visit: www.glaad.org/spiritday/corporate.
Facebook distributed Spirit Day information to employees around the globe. Facebook Diversity and Facebook Safety pages will also turn purple. Facebook and the Network of Support will be urging users to sign the Stop Bullying: Speak Up social pledge at http://facebook.com/stopbullyingspeakup (press release: http://bit.ly/SBSUapp). The app enables educators, parents and students to make a personal commitment—and recruit others to join them—to help stop bullying.
As previously announced, LOGO will air a Spirit Day purple ribbon on the channel to drive viewers to NewNowNext.com to increase awareness against bullying. Additionally, their Twitter (@LogoTV) and Facebook photos will ‘go purple’ and pictures of staff, fans and talent will be posted to Tumblr throughout the day.
Here Media will turn logos on Advocate.com, Gay.com, Gay.net, Out.com, OutTraveler.com and SheWired.com purple for the day.
Additional media participants include the Bilerico Project, GO, Padrisimo, Passport, Queerty.com, San Diego Gay & Lesbian News, Seattle Lesbian, Unicorn Booty, the Washington Blade and Windy City Times.
In addition to the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), GLSEN, GSA Network, HRC, Lambda Legal, National Council of La Raza, the PACER Center, PFLAG and The Trevor Project, dozens of local and faith-based organization are also participating in Spirit Day including: Believe Out Loud, Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC), National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR), National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, Safe Schools Action Network, All Families Matter (NM), Basic Rights Oregon, Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies in Religion and Ministry, Pacific School of Religion, Coalition of Welcoming Congregations of the Bay Area, DignityUSA, COLAGE, Egale Canada, Equality Hawaii, Equality Illinois, Equality Michigan, Equality Ohio, Equality Pennsylvania, Equality South Carolina, Equality Texas, Equality Utah, Equality Virginia, Fair Wisconsin, Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD), Georgia Equality, Human Rights Campaign's Religion & Faith Program, Institute for Judaism and Sexual Orientation at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Kansas Equality Coalition, Keshet, Live Out Loud, Lutherans Concerned/North America, Marriage Equality Rhode Island (MERI), MassEquality, Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition (MTPC), Metropolitan Community Churches (MCC), More Light Presbyterians, Nehirim: GLBT Jewish Culture and Spirituality, One Colorado Education Fund, OutFront Minnesota, PFLAG Omaha, Project 515, PROMO, Reconciling Ministries Network, Religious Institute: Faithful Voices on Sexuality and Religion, River City Gender Alliance, Straight But Not Narrow, Swish Pride, Tennessee Equality Project, Women's Alliance for Theology, Ethics and Ritual (WATER), and the United Church of Christ Office for LGBT Ministries.
For a list of celebrity participants, media outlets, TV networks, organizations and corporations, visit http://www.glaad.org/spiritday/partners. Additional participants will be announced in coming days.
Spirit Day was started in 2010 by teenager Brittany McMillan as a way to show support for LGBT youth and remember those lives lost to suicide. Millions of teachers, workplaces, media personalities and students wore purple, which symbolizes spirit on the rainbow flag.
Spirit Day coincides with GLSEN’s ‘Ally Week’ (October 17-21), a week for students to organize events that serve to identify, support and celebrate allies against anti-LGBT language, bullying and harassment in America’s schools and communities. GLSEN has partnered with GLAAD to promote Spirit Day as an event for students to participate in during ‘Ally Week.’ For more information about ‘Ally Week,’ visit www.allyweek.org.
“From corporate America to Hollywood to local grassroots advocates, Americans are taking a stand against bullying this Spirit Day and showing all LGBT teens that it’s okay to be who you are,” said GLAAD President Mike Thompson.
A full list of celebrity participants follows or is available here: http://www.glaad.org/spiritday/entertainment.
Stars of Music & Film
hosts of The View
Chaz Bono (Dancing With the Stars)
Ana Gasteyer (Suburgatory)
Carson Kressley (Dancing With the Stars)
Sara Ramirez (Grey’s Anatomy)
Louis Van Amstel (Dancing With the Stars)
Vanessa Marano (Switched at Birth)
Shay Mitchell (Pretty Little Liars)
Tamra Barney (Real Housewives of Orange County)
Andy Cohen (Watch What Happens Live)
Drew Ginsburg (Most Eligible Dallas)
Padma Lakshmi (Top Chef)
Sonja Morgan (Real Housewives of New York)
Matt Nordgren (Most Eligible Dallas)
Rosie Pope (Pregnant in Heels)
Kathy Wakile (Real Housewives of New Jersey)
hosts of The Talk
Dr. Drew Pinsky
Shenae Grimes (90210)
Gale Harold (The Secret Circle)
Isis (America's Next Top Model)
The cast of I Hate My Teenage Daughter including Jaime Pressley, Kristi Lauren & Katie Leclerc
Martha Plimpton (Raising Hope)
Mary Murphy (So You Think You Can Dance)
TJ Thyne (Bones)
Margaret Cho (Drop Dead Diva)
Sammi Giancola (Jersey Shore)
Vinny Guadagnino (Jersey Shore)
Farrah Abraham (Teen Mom)
Tyler Baltierra (Teen Mom)
Maci Bookout (Teen Mom)
Catelynn Lowell (Teen Mom)
Mike C. Manning (Real World D.C.)
Jillian Rose Reed (Awkward.)
Nikki Deloach (Awkward.)
Matthew Fahey (Awkward.)
Greer Grammer (Awkward.)
Jessica Lu (Awkward.)
Desi Lydic (Awkward.)
Beau Mirchoff (Awkward.)
Aziz Ansari (Parks & Recreation)
Chris D'Elia (Whitney)
Bob Harper (Biggest Loser)
Zoe Lister-Jones (Whitney)
Christopher McDonald (Harry’s Law)
Joel McHale (Community)
Karen Olivo (Harry’s Law)
Freddie Smith (Days of our Lives)
Avan Jogia (Victorious)
Tori Spelling (Tori & Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood)
Josh Kilmer-Purcell & Brent Ridge (Fabulous Beekman Boys)
Stephen Wallem (Nurse Jackie)
Bonnie & Whitney (Big Rich Texas)
The cast of the new season of Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys
David Nadelberg (The Mortified Sessions)
Garo Sparo (Unleashed by Garo)
Joe Zee (All on the Line with Joe Zee)
The cast of Degrassi including:
Kate del Castillo (La Reina del Sur)
The Today Show
stars of World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE)
Mehcad Brooks (Necessary Roughness)
Laura Bruce (Downsized)
Diann Valentine (I Do Over)
As part of National Bullying Prevention Month, GLAAD also released anti-bullying public service announcements (PSAs) in the ‘Amplify Your Voice’ campaign -- a project developed with the American Federation of Teachers and featuring the personal stories of young people from the New York Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center’s Youth Enrichment Services (YES) Program. Talent includes: Ted Allen, Chaz Bono, Kristin Chenoweth, Tabatha Coffey, Nelsan Ellis, Vinny Guadaginino, Amber Heard, Rashida Jones, Dustin Lance Black, Liz Lee, Sandra Lee, Mario Lopez, Shaquille O’Neal, Pauley Parrette, Amy Poehler, Naya Rivera, Rev. Al Sharpton, Gail Simmons, Russell Simmons, Tori Spelling & Dean McDermott, Louis Van Amstel, Lisa Vanderpump, Jane Velez-Mitchell, Ariel Winter, Patrick Wilson and the cast of ABC Family’s Pretty Little Liars. Additional videos to be released in coming weeks.
The PSAs urge viewers to take a stand against anti-LGBT bullying and direct viewers to GLAAD.org for resource kits offering best practices to parents, teachers and students. The free kits feature resources from the American Federation of Teachers, GLSEN, the National Center for Transgender Equality and The Trevor Project, among others.
Videos and resource kits are available here: www.glaad.org/amplifyyourvoice. Media interested in posting the videos can find instructions here: http://www.glaad.org/resources/amplifyyourvoice/psas/press.