Meet Last Year's #SpiritDay Ambassadors
Spirit Day Ambassadors are committed to taking a stand against bullying while showing their support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth.
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After bullies vandalized Jordan’s car with anti-gay slurs, a local auto repair shop owner offered to fix it free of charge. Jordan later shared his story on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
Glee star Dianna Agron is a longstanding equality advocate, devoting much of her time to organizations such as GLSEN, The Trevor Project and GLAAD. Dianna is also the founder of YouMeAndCharlie.com, a blog about finding inspiration through all different kinds of art.
Over half a million people signed Katy’s Change.org petition calling on the MPAA to change the rating of BULLY from ‘R’ to ‘PG-13’. The rating was finally changed, helping bring this important film to young people across the nation.
Shane Bitney Crone
After the tragic death of his partner, Shane posted a video online about the harms of marriage inequality and family rejection. Over 3 million people have now heard Shane’s story, which will be turned into a full-length documentary.
Celebrity blogger and LGBT advocate Perez Hilton was named the #1 Web Celeb for 2007, 2008, and 2009 by Forbes Magazine and has recently been tapped as one of the 15 most influential Hispanics in the U.S. by People en Espanol. Perez was also named 2009 Hispanic of the Year by Hispanic Magazine.
Star of Nickelodeon’s Victorious, Avan is also the co-founder of Straight But Not Narrow (SBNN), an organization that works to build support for LGBT youth among straight allies.
In 2010, Brittany encouraged her friends on Tumblr to wear purple to remember those young people who had lost their lives to suicide. Since then, GLAAD has helped turn Spirit Day into a global event that inspires millions of individuals, celebrities, TV personalities, media outlets, companies and schools to wear purple in a stand against bullying.
TV personality and New York Times bestselling author Maria Menounos dazzles millions of viewers as co-host of NBC's Extra. She is also the Co-Founder and Executive Producer, AfterbuzzTV- the largest new media platform on the web, as well as the Founder of Take Action Hollywood!, a charity that uses the power of Hollywood for positive social change.
A GLAAD Media Award-winning writer and advocate, Tiq was featured on the MTV reality show, I'm From Rolling Stone where he competed for a Contributing Editor position. He is currently the Editor in Chief of IKONS Magazine as well as a contributing writer at newsone.com.
A writer, advocate, and former editor of People.com, Janet publicly shared her teenage transition story in Marie Claire. Janet also founded and runs the digital campaign #GirlsLikeUs to empower trans women, and wrote about her quest to live visibly in Fish Food: A Memoir, which will be published by Atria Books in October 2013.
NBA All-Star and host of TNT’s Inside the NBA, Shaq has been an outspoken anti-bullying advocate and took part in GLAAD’s Amplify Your Voice PSA campaign in 2011.
TV icon George Takei has more than 40 feature films and hundreds of television guest-starring roles to his credit. Earlier this year, George joined Ohio mom Jennifer Tyrrell in a stand against the Boy Scouts’ ban on gay scouts and leaders.
Over 330,000 people have signed Ohio mom Jennifer Tyrrell’s Change.org petition calling on the Boy Scouts to end its policy banning gay scouts and leaders.
Author of My Two Moms: Lessons of love, strength and what makes a family and founder of Scouts for Equality, Zach’s speech in support of his two moms before the Iowa state legislature went viral in 2011.
Mother, wife and best-selling author Wendy Williams burst onto the national talk show scene in July 2009 with the launch of the syndicated weekday program, The Wendy Williams Show. Called a “breakthrough in daytime” by The New York Times, The Wendy Williams Show, which airs in 52 countries and is now in its third season, has just been renewed on Fox through 2014.
What is Spirit Day?
Millions wear purple on Spirit Day as a sign of support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth and to speak out against bullying. Spirit Day was started in 2010 as a response to the young people who had taken their own lives. Observed annually, individuals, schools, organizations, corporations, media professionals and celebrities wear purple, which symbolizes spirit on the rainbow flag. Getting involved is easy -- participants are asked to simply "go purple" on October 17th as we work to create a world in which LGBT teens are celebrated and accepted for who they are. Learn more & go purple at www.glaad.org/spiritday.