PHOTOS/VIDEO: GLAAD leads millions in a stand against bullying for #spiritday

Yesterday, millions of people all across the world joined GLAAD in 'going purple' for Spirit Day in a united stand against bullying and to show their support for LGBT youth. Check out some highlights below!

America's morning shows were decked in purple for Spirit Day, including hosts of NBC's "Today Show":

Even NBC's iconic peacock turned purple in support of LGBT youth:

Just a few blocks away, the hosts ABC's "Good Morning America" were also clad in Spirit Day purple:
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Also at ABC, hosts of "The View" joined in on the Spirit Day action:

And over at CBS, hosts of "The Talk" also took a Spirit Day stand against bullying:

Viacom showed its spirit across the company's networks, including MTV, MTV2, MTVU, Logo TV, VH1, BET, CMT, Tr3s, Comedy Central, TV Land, and Paramount Pictures:


Get your purple on for #spiritday !

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Other TV networks like ABC Family, CNBC, HBO, MSNBC, and OWN also took a stand against bullying for Spirit Day:

Emmy-nominated actress Laverne Cox and the cast of "Laverne Cox Presents: The T Word" joined GLAAD to light the Empire State Building in purple for Spirit Day:

Also in New York's famed Times Square, dozens of electronic billboards featured Spirit Day animations, urging millions of passerby to take a stand against bullying. Companies that donated their billboard space in support of Spirit Day included American Eagle Outfitters, Viacom, Thomson Reuters, and NASDAQ:


The billboards at the @americaneagle in Times Square are going purple for #spiritday. Take a stand against bullying and support LGBT youth on 10/16!

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Thomson Reuters Pride At Work supporting #SpiritDay and taking a stand against bullying. We also turned the marquee outside our building purple with the #GLAAD #SpiritDay animation. Hope everyone else is wearing purple today to do the same. #ThomsonReuters #PrideAtWork #Pride #Antibullying #purple

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Other landmarks that turned purple for Spirit Day included Los Angeles City Hall (L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti also tweeted his support for Spirit Day), the New York Stock Exchange, and Wells Fargo's Duke Energy Tower in Charlotte, NC:

Meanwhile, tons of celebrities, public officials, and brands were all aTwitter about #spiritday:

Across the Internet, brands were painted in purple for Spirit Day. sported a Spirit Day skin in support of LGBT youth:

Hulu hosted a Spirit Day tray, featuring LGBT-inclusive titles:

Lyft even turned its signature pink to purple for Spirit Day both online and on its cars:

To culminate Spirit Day, GLAAD staff rang the NASDAQ opening bell, where GLAAD's Vice President of Programs Zeke Stokes noted, "How appropriate it is that we conclude this 24 hours of standing up for LGBT youth - Spirit Day 2014 - not at the end of a day, but at the beginning of a new one."

Each year, Spirit Day inspires millions to wear purple or "go purple" online in a united stand against bullying and to show their support for LGBT youth. Spirit Day draws the participation of celebritiescorporationsmedia outletssports leaguesschoolsfaith institutionsnational landmarks, and individuals. Spirit Day is made possible by the generous support of its national partners PepsiCo and Wells Fargo, as well as official partners Comcast-NBCUniversal and Google, and supporting partners American Eagle Outfitters and Kirkland & Ellis.

Check out for more about how to stand against anti-LGBT bullying and follow @GLAAD on Twitter to keep up to date with #spiritday news!​