Over a dozen sports organizations have signed on to go purple for this year’s Spirit Day, helping ensure that the anti-bullying message is seen and heard around the country by fans of basketball, baseball, soccer, tennis, wrestling and racing.
In an unprecedented show of support, the six most prominent American major sports leagues will all ‘go purple’ with GLAAD for Spirit Day on Friday, October 19, in a stand against bullying and to show their support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth.
Today, the Toronto Blue Jays announced that shortstop Yunel Escobar will work with GLAAD and the You Can Play project, after he was seen with an anti-gay slur written in Spanish on his eye-black over the weekend.
Last weekend, the NBA became the first league to take GLAAD and Athlete Ally up on our offer to provide ally trainings to professional athletes - the latest in a series of big steps being taken to potentially pave the way for an openly gay male athlete in the world of major league team sports.
New Jersey Devils player Cam Janssen today apologized for an anti-gay answer he gave this week, and expressed his personal support for the message of the 'You Can Play' campaign as well as the LGBT community in general.