Out LGBTQ elected officials across the United States send messages of support to LGBTQ youth on #SpiritDay

From Alaska to Maine, out LGBTQ public officials took to Twitter on Spirit Day 2017 to voice their support for LGBTQ youth. Representation in public office is vital and these community leaders have a unique and powerful platform to let LGBTQ youth know they are loved and not alone.

Tony Navarrete‏ - Arizona House of Representatives

Rep. JoCasta Zamarripa - Wisconsin State Assembly

Felix Rivera‏ - Anchorage Assembly

Local and state representatives words and actions carry weight and have the power to directly influence their local communities. Using this position and visibility as an LGBTQ public official to stand with queer and marginalized youth who face bullying simply for being themselves can create real change and help accelerate acceptance.

Leslie Herod‏ - Colorado General Assembly

Matt McCoy‏ - Iowa State Senate

Toni Atkins - California State Senate

Kelvin Atkinson‏ - Nevada State Senate

Other out LGBTQ public officials who participated in Spirit Day include: Georgia State Representative Park Cannon‏, Maine State Representative Ryan Fecteau, Indianapolis City Council Member Zach Adamson, Michigan State Representative Jon Hoadley,NYC Council Member Carlos Menchaca, NYC Council Member Rosie Mendez‏, New Hampshire Representative Ed Butler, Massachusetts State Senator ‏Julian Cyr, California State Senator Ricardo Lara, New Hampshire Executive Council Member Chris Pappas, and California Council Member Gabe Kearney.

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.