Mey Rude is a transgender woman. She proudly came out in October 2012 and has never felt happier. Mey's whole life, she never felt like "one of the guys" and always felt uncomfortable being treated like she was a boy. This was a really big step for her because not only did she come out to herself, but she came out on social media as well to let the world know hwho she is.
Bullying can take many forms. Intimidation on the playground, workplace harassment and domestic violence are a reality for too many people at some point in their lives. And whatever its source, there are common feelings that unite all of us who have ever been bullied: a real sense of hopelessness, overwhelming defeat and even fear of the future.
The cast of Pretty Little Liars is taking a stand against bullying! Shay Mitchell, Troian Bellisario, and Lucy Hale have recorded a message of support to LGBT youth and will be wearing purple on Thursday, October 16 for Spirit Day.
The cast of ABC Family's 'The Fosters' recorded messages of support for LGBT youth, asking fans to wear purple on Spirit Day, this Thursday, October 16.
The cast of 'Melissa & Joey' is taking a stand against bullying for Spirit Day this Thursday, October 16. Melissa Joan Hart, Joey Lawrence and Taylor Spreitler recorded a message of support to LGBT youth.
The cast of Empire will be wearing purple for Spirit Day on October 16. Taraji P. Henson, Terrence Howard and Jussie Smollett recorded a video to encourage fans to join them in a stand of support for LGBT youth.
AOL Originals generously donated the ad space to take a stand against bullying, an epidemic that many young people, particularly LGBT youth, confront regularly. AOL Originals is among an ever-growing list of leading media outlets and corporations that knows equality is a positive, productive investment.
Chasing Life's Italia Ricci, Haley Ramm and Aisha Dee will be wearing purple for Spirit Day on October 16. The cast members recorded a video to encourage fans to join them in a stand of support for LGBT youth.
The cast of ABC Family's comedy 'Baby Daddy' will be wearing purple on October 16 for Spirit Day. The show's stars Jean-Luc Bilodeau, Derek Theler, Chelsea Kane, Tahj Mowry, and Melissa Peterman recorded a message of support for LGBT youth.