Diverse, leading non-profits unite for LGBT youth on #SpiritDay

October 15, 2015

Today, a diverse and abundant variety of leading local and national non-profit organizations are showing their purple pride and support for LGBT youth.

Spanning across different cause spaces, organizations like the ACLU, Human Rights Campaign, Planned Parenthood, Rock the Vote, National Center for Trans Equality, NYC Black Pride, and the world's largest youth-serving group DoSomething.org made visible their support for their LGBT constituents and folks worldwide known.

Black Pride supports Spirit Day! Lets stop the Bullying!!

Posted by NYC Black Pride on Thursday, October 15, 2015

Additionally, The Human Rights Campaign honored Spirit Day through an informative blog post about why days like today are so important, while the Task Force shared the personal story of one of its staff members.



Today, HRC is proud to take a stand against bullying and celebrate #SpiritDay

Posted by Human Rights Campaign on Thursday, October 15, 2015

Groups such as the Tyler Clementi FoundationLambda Legal, True Colors Fund, and PFLAG--all dedicated to protecting and building support for LGBT people--have also brought visibility to the importance of standing up to bullying on social media in dynamic ways.

The Trevor Project's staff even posted several tips on how to combat bullying:




Planned Parenthood affiliates from around the country participated, and Executive Director Cecile Richards took the time to go purple, too.

Purple for #SpiritDay! Planned Parenthood is committed to being a safe place for LGBTQ youth to get care/info. pic.twitter.com/QRI2nv4mv6

— Cecile Richards (@CecileRichards) October 15, 2015

On October 15, Spirit Day inspires millions to "go purple" to support LGBT youth in a united stand against bullying. According to GLSEN's 2013 National School Climate Survey, 8 out of 10 LGBT students experience harassment at school, and over 60% of LGBT students who did report a bullying case said their school staff did nothing. Spirit Day draws the participation of celebrities, corporations, media outlets, sports leagues, schools, faith institutions, national landmarks, and individuals around the world to take a stand against bullying and show their support for LGBT youth.

You can go purple now by putting on purple, posting about #spiritday, and sharing your favorite #spiritday posts on social media. Go to www.glaad.org/spiritday to turn your profile picture purple and learn more ways to get involved in Spirit Day.

Spirit Day is made possible by the generous support of its presenting Partners Wells Fargo and Target; official partners DOW, Google, NBA and WNBA, NFL and WWE; and supporting partners American Eagle Outfitters, Barilla, Chobani, Comcast NBC Universal, Kirkland and Ellis, and Toyota.

Past participants in Spirit Day include the White House, the Empire State Building, Oprah Winfrey, Ellen DeGeneres, Cher, Laverne Cox, Kim Kardashian, Demi Lovato, Ariana Grande, Shaquille O'Neal, Good Morning America, The Today Show, The View, The Talk, The Tonight Show, the NBA, the NFL, Major League Baseball, NASCAR, WWE, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr, the Las Vegas Strip, and more.