ABC Family is #spiritday purple in support of LGBT youth


ABC Family's staff joined the casts of the network's original series to take a stand against bullying. The network has gone purple on social media for Spirit Day.

The casts of Pretty Little LiarsThe FostersBaby DaddyChasing Life, Young & Hungry, and Melissa & Joey recorded videos asking fans to wear purple today. Several stars took pictures of themselves wearing purple including cast members from Switched at Birth. All of the series are purple for Spirit Day on Facebook, Tumblr, Instagram and Twitter.

ABC Family is among the most inclusive TV networks and features LGBT characters on many of its series. Recently the network received an "Excellent" score in GLAAD's Network Responsibility Index and The Fosters received the GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Drama Series last April.

GLAAD, GLSEN and Pacer’s National Bullying Prevention Center are also partnering with the Disney ABC Television Group for the Choose Kindness campaign. For National Bullying Prevention month Disney's Be Inspired website will include resources for children, teens, and parents about how to prevent bullying.

Spirit Day, which takes place today, October 16, inspires millions to wear purple or "go purple" online in a united stand against bullying and to show their support for LGBT youth. Each year, Spirit Day draws the participation of celebrities, corporations, media outlets, sports leagues, schools, faith institutions, national landmarks, and individuals. Spirit Day is made possible by the generous support of its national partners PepsiCo and Wells Fargo, as well as official partners Comcast-NBCUniversal and Google, and supporting partner American Eagle Outfitters.

You can go purple now by putting on purple, posting about #spiritday, and sharing your favorite #spiritday posts on social media.

Check out for more about how to stand against anti-LGBT bullying and follow @GLAAD on Twitter to keep up to date with #spiritday news!​