House and Senate leaders rise up on #SpiritDay to send LGBTQ youth love and support from Washington D.C.


This Spirit Day United States House and Senate leaders sent a vital message of support to LGBTQ youth: you have advocates in Washington D.C. who have got your back. 

Sen. Elizabeth Warren


Rep. Raul M. Grijalva


Sen. Tammy Baldwin


Sen. Kamala Harris

 

These representatives are using their office to send a clear message of support for LGBTQ youth on Spirit Day. Representatives who advocate for the LGBTQ youth are vital tools to hold the Trump Administration accountable and fight preserve and expand the rights of the LGBTQ community nationwide.

Rep. Linda T. Sánchez‏


Sen. Dianne Feinstein


Rep. Steny Hoyer


Since taking office, Trump has emboldened bullies through both his words and actions. He has rescinded lifesaving guidance that protects transgender youth at school and has stacked his administration and court nominations with anti-LGBTQ advocates. 

Now more than ever it is the responsibility of elected officials to uplift and amplify the voices of LGBTQ youth. Queer youth needs representatives with both courage and knowledge of the LGBTQ community to represent their needs and help fight back against any bullies who seek to walk back hard-fought LGBTQ progress. 

Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham


Sen. Jeff Merkley


Rep. Joe Kennedy III


Rep. Dan Kildee


Rep. Diana DeGette

Many LGBTQ elected officials around the country also went purple to show their support for the youngest members of the community! Check them out here.

Additionally, The Victory Institute, an organization dedicated to , inspired many LGBTQ politicians and more to take a stand for Spirit Day this year, as well as going purple:

Other members of Congress who participated in Spirit Day 2017 include: Sen. Kirsten GillibrandSen. Maria Cantwell, Rep. Adam Smith, Rep. Mike Quigley, Rep. Katherine Clark, ‏Rep. Suzan DelBene, Rep. Ted Lieu, Rep. Denny Heck, Sen. Jack Reed‏, Rep. David Cicilline, Rep. Katherine Clark, Rep. Mark DeSaulnier, and the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus.

 

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.