Las Vegas Celebrates #SpiritDay by Turning Purple!

In honor of this year’s Spirit Day, Las Vegas has gone purple. Joining other iconic landmarks, the Las Vegas Strip - including the famed “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign - have gone purple to stand up against bullying.

You can joins us in a stand against bullying by going purple right now on Facebook and Twitter.

As the newly-purple sign was unveiled this morning, the Clark County Commission and the Las Vegas City Council presented GLAAD President Herndon Graddick with a proclamation recognizing the importance of Spirit Day and the efforts to end bullying of LGBT youth.

In addition, many Las Vegas casinos including Caesars Entertainment, MGM Resorts International, Wynn Resorts, Las Vegas Sands Corporation, Treasure Island, The Tropicana Las Vegas and The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas are also turning their resort marquees purple along the Las Vegas Strip 11 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. and then again 10 p.m. – 10:15 p.m.

The Fremont Street Experience, famous for its Viva Vision canopy consisting of over 12 million LED lights, is also turning purple today at 10 p.m. and again at 11 p.m.

Marquee Nightclub, located in The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, is hosting a Spirit Day after-party tonight with special celebrity host NHL star Sean Avery. Guests attired in purple will receive complimentary admission and open bar 9:30-11 p.m. Avery is a known advocate for LGBT rights, having endorsed support for marriage equality in New York last year.

Other Las Vegas-area participants include Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA); Aid for AIDS of Nevada (AFAN); Golden Rainbow; Hilton Garden Inn; Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce; Las Vegas Pride; Nevada State Senator David Parks; QVegas; and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV).

Take a stand against bullying and support LGBT youth by participating in Spirit Day on Friday, October 19. To get involved, simply go purple on October 19 as we work to create a world in which LGBT teens are accepted for who they are. You can download GLAAD’s Spirit Day resource kit which contains tools to get your local community involved. Spirit Day participants can also spread the word and tell their friends they’re standing up against bullying, and text PURPLE to 80888 to donate $5 to support the important work GLAAD, GLSEN and The Trevor Project do every day to end bullying and support LGBT youth. Another way to celebrate Spirit Day is to visit the American Apparel #SpiritDay store to get your own purple gear with a 10% discount and 10% of proceeds going to GLAAD.