Latest #SpiritDay News
The Power of Youth | 10/18/11
This weekend, in a demonstration of the power of youth, hundreds of young people gathered in Los Angeles for the 19th annual Models of Pride Conference – a free conference focusing on lesbian, gay, bi, transgender and questioning youth and their allies.
Conan, MTV, Sundance Channel, LOGO and millions more join GLAAD in going purple for Spirit Day | 10/17/11
As part of National Bullying Prevention Month, GLAAD recently launched its latest PSA video series Amply Your Voice, which features a number of celebrities and youth speaking out against anti-LGBT bullying. Produced in partnership with the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), the PSAs feature personal stories of young people from the New York Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center’s Youth Enrichment (YES) Program.
On Thursday, October 20, the Sundance Channel’s employees will participate in Spirit Day and show support for LGBT youth by wearing purple. The channel has also committed to turning its on-air logo purple for the entire day along with all of its social media logos.
This year, we are asking people to send an additional message of support by submitting videos to let the world know why they are going purple and why others should join in supporting LGBT youth and taking a stand against bullying.
'Jersey Shore's' Vinny, Shaquille O'Neal, Amy Poehler and Chaz Bono among the celebrities 'Amplifying their Voice' in new GLAAD PSA series | 10/13/11
Watch videos from GLAAD's new "Amplify Your Voice!" PSA series inside!
Stand Up Speak Out | 10/10/11
Young people everywhere are taking a stand against bullying. In a movement that’s rocking the nation, young people are saying, let’s make it better – and here’s how.
A ‘Gay-Straight Alliance’ logo t-shirt prompted an alleged assault in Eastern Tennessee. According to Sequoyah High School senior Chris Siglers, his principal, Maurice Moser, physically assaulted him after he refused to remove his GSA shirt.
This October 20th will mark the second annual observation of Spirit Day, and we are once again thrilled to be teaming up with the event’s creator, 16 year-old Brittany McMillan, to raise awareness of the issues impacting LGBT young people, to highlight the need to show support, and to encourage people to “go purple!”
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 by high school student Brittany McMillan 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.
GLAAD thanks the Terry K. Watanabe Charitable Trust for supporting Spirit Day