In 2010, GLAAD began work with high school student Brittany McMillan. In memory of the young LGBT people who lost their lives to suicide, Brittany encouraged her friends to wear purple on a day in October -- a day that came to be known as Spirit Day. 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.
In the past year, Brittany became a finalist in Seventeen Magazine's "Pretty Amazing" scholarship contest, and was named to the Advocate's "40 under 40" list of people who are shaping the future of the LGBT movement.
See what Brittany had to say about Spirit Day at the GLAAD Media Awards in San Francisco