Bullying strikes out with sports teams, players, and advocates this #SpiritDay

This Spirit Day, sports organizations, teams, and athletes across America are did their part to knock out bullying by going purple in support of LGBTQ+ youth. The NFL, WNBA, and NBA continue their partnerships with GLAAD for Spirit Day and the MLB, Athlete Ally, Outsports, athletes, sports reporters, and fans got their heads in the #SpiritDay game, too.

On Spirit Day, all 30 of the Major League Baseball clubs went purple for Spirit Day! Billy Bean, Vice President & Special Assistant to the Commissioner, MLB, said: "Major League Baseball and our Clubs are proud to once again join GLAAD and Twitter in taking a stand against bullying and supporting LGBTQ youth. We encourage supportive and accepting environments among our young fans, in the workplace, in our clubhouses, on the field and in the stands. Spirit Day is a wonderful opportunity for MLB to share our values with our stakeholders, fans and anyone who loves baseball." As part of this support, MLB has also partnered with GLAAD and Twitter to create a #SpiritDay emoji.

Athlete Ally, a nonprofit working to foster inclusive sports communities through public awareness and education, also went purple in a big way, both online and by inspiring athletes to do the same. The group's support of Spirit Day and its commitment to creating a sports environment where all feel welcome can be seen on their social media. 

Athletes from across leagues all joined the team of support LGBTQ young people, as well. Check them out!


In today's political climate, it is important for marginalized youth to see others standing against anti-LGBTQ bullying, especially in an influential field like sports. 

About Spirit Day

Each year, millions go purple for GLAAD’s Spirit Day to support LGBTQ youth in a united stand against bullying. Started in 2010 by high school student Brittany McMillan in response to numerous young LGBTQ lives lost to suicide, Spirit Day now draws the participation of celebrities, schools, faith institutions, national landmarks, corporations, media outlets, sports leagues, and advocates around the world, all joining together to stand against bullying and support LGBTQ youth.

As anti-LGBTQ policies, hate crimes, and harassment are on the rise, it is now especially important to let all marginalized youth know they are supported.

This year, Spirit Day is on October 19, 2017. Take the Spirit Day pledge to show LGBTQ youth you've got their backs at glaad.org/spiritday. Follow @GLAAD on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Tumblr to keep up to date with #SpiritDay news.