GLAAD invites presidential candidates to support #SpiritDay this Thursday

Today, GLAAD issued an invitation for candidates running for President of the United States to join millions of Americans taking a stand against bullying for Spirit Day this Thursday by "going purple" in support of LGBT youth. 

"While every candidate running for President doesn't agree with us on issues of equality and acceptance for all LGBT people, certainly we can all agree that no kid deserves to be bullied or harassed simply for being who they are," said GLAAD CEO & President Sarah Kate Ellis. "Today, we invite all candidates running for the highest office in our land to join us in taking a stand against bullying and the terrible consequences it causes for way too many of our youth." 

Spirit Day began in 2010 following the media's coverage of a rash of LGBT teen suicides, including the tragic death of Tyler Clementi.  On October 15 this year, Spirit Day now 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. 

Take the pledge to "go purple" now at http://www.glaad.org/spiritday/pledge, and check out www.glaad.org/spiritday for access to anti-bullying resources and 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.