CNBC Supports LGBTQ Youth and Stands Against Bullying for the 10th Year

October 17, 2019

Spirit Day started in 2010 and one of the anti-bullying campaign's earliest supporters was CNBC. CNBC has participated each year and is once again leading news networks with its participation! 

Today, CNBC anchors and reporters from around the globe are purple for Spirit Day, in a show of support for LGBTQ youth and against bullying.

"Thanks to CNBC's participation in Spirit Day, critical messages about supporting LGBTQ youth have reached countless business leaders and parents around the world," said GLAAD Chief Communications Officer Rich Ferraro. "Whether on-air, in the office, or online, CNBC's consistent participation demonstrates a true commitment to the LGBTQ community here and abroad."

The OUT@NBCUniversal Englewood Cliffs chapter passed out purple cupcakes to employees today and posted photos on Facebook.


The network's peacock logo turned purple for the day on-air, on, and on CNBC's flagship social media handles. 


Anchors including Jim Cramer, Jon Fortt, Frank Holland, Melissa Lee, Becky Quick, Andrew Ross Sorkin, and anchors from CNBC International all participated. 

CNBC International also participated including Steve Sedgwick and Karen Tso of Squawk Box Europe. Anchors in Asia and Australia once again kicked the day off! Check out more participants by following @GLAAD.


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.

Presenting partners Pantene and Target, official partners Kellogg’s and the NBA and WNBA, and community partners Amazon, Johnson & Johnson, Kirkland & Ellis, and Wells Fargo will all participate in the anti-bullying campaign. 

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 17, 2019. Take the Spirit Day pledge to show LGBTQ youth you've got their backs at Follow @GLAAD on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram to keep up to date with #SpiritDay news.