DOW Chemical Company is spending #SpiritDay in purple

Today, DOW Chemical Company spoke out against bullying and stands in support of LGBT youth all around the globe. The company posted a statement on their web site, giving the history behind Spirit Day, and encouraging all to participate. 

Eight out of 10 lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth experience harassment while at school; nearly 65 percent report that they feel unsafe. Spirit Day takes a stand against bullying in all its forms, and also highlights the disproportionate rates of bullying faced by LGBT youth.

On October 15, Dow will join millions of teachers, workplaces, celebrities, media outlets and students in the U.S. and around the world who support and participate in Spirit Day by “going purple” on social media and by wearing purple, a color that symbolizes spirit on the rainbow flag.

This morning, Dow posted this tweet:

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.

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