JWOWW announced as first Spirit Day Ambassador of 2013
New York, NY, June 28, 2013 – GLAAD, the nation's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) media advocacy organization, today announced that LGBT advocates Shane Bitney Crone, Fallon Fox, and Jacob Rudolph will join MTV's Jenni 'JWOWW' Farley and GLAAD at the 44th annual NYC LGBT Pride March.
LGBT advocate Shane Bitney Crone, whose video about the tragic death of his partner went viral in 2012 and inspired the award-winning documentary 'Bridegroom'; 18 year-old Jacob Rudolph, who launched a Change.org petition calling on New Jersey Governor Chris Christie to support an end to so-called 'ex-gay therapy' in the Garden State; as well as mixed martial artist Fallon Fox, who is the first openly transgender athlete in MMA history, will join GLAAD and MTV's Farley to celebrate the Supreme Court's historic rulings in support of marriage equality. Each of the advocates have worked closely with GLAAD to share their stories in mainstream media, helping to make these victories possible.
"After the Supreme Court's historic rulings this week, I am honored to be joining GLAAD at this year's New York City Pride March," said Bitney Crone. "Together, we will celebrate the progress that has been made and continue to fight for equality for all. Everyday we must stand proudly for what is right and just."
Farley, an outspoken supporter of LGBT equality and anti-bullying advocate, will also serve as a 2013 Spirit Day Ambassador, GLAAD announced today. Each year, millions of Americans 'go purple' for Spirit Day in a stand against bullying and to show their support for LGBT youth. Participants in 2012 included The White House, Facebook, MTV, hosts of 'Good Morning America,' Times Square, the Las Vegas Strip, and every major American sports league. Dianna Agron, Perez Hilton, Avan Jogia, Maria Menounos, Shay Mitchell, Shaquille O'Neal, George Takei, and Wendy Williams were among the 2012 Spirit Day Ambassadors. Spirit Day Ambassadors will not only be wearing purple on October 17, 2013 in a stand against bullying, but they actively work to make sure others do too. For more information about Spirit Day, visit http://glaad.org/spiritday
Farley, alongside fellow cast members from MTV's 'Jersey Shore,' have taken a stand against bullying by participating in Spirit Day for the past two years, sharing messages of support for gay youth with millions of fans worldwide. In 2010, Farley also participated in the 'Love is Louder' campaign to combat anti-LGBT bullying. Since then, Farley has been an outspoken supporter of LGBT equality, appearing at such LGBT events as the GLAAD Media Awards and Trevor Live, where the star has voiced her strong support for LGBT youth.
"Today, LGBT Americans stand closer to full equality than ever before," said GLAAD spokesperson Wilson Cruz. "Forty-four years after brave gay and transgender people first stood up for themselves and demanded fair treatment, we gather to honor their legacy and those who stand on their shoulders -- the stalwart advocates who paved the way for this week's historic Supreme Court decisions, and those who will continue working to secure full equality for every American."
GLAAD previously announced that American Apparel, the vertically integrated clothing manufacturer based in downtown Los Angeles, will provide free "LGBT Pride" t-shirts to more than 100 GLAAD volunteers at the march. American Apparel employees will also walk alongside GLAAD at the march.
For information on how to join GLAAD, JWOWW, and other LGBT advocates at the march, visit http://www.glaad.org/pride.