Purple at the United Nations for #spiritday

Today, leaders at the United Nations went purple for Spirit Day in support of LGBT youth.

U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon wore a purple tie and socks, which he showed off to the reporters at a press briefing today.

"I'd like to direct attention to my tie today. I almost always wear UN blue," said the Secretary General. "Today my tie and socks all are purple, the color of choice for Spirit Day, which in the United States and many places around the world is a day of solidarity with LGBT youth, who face bullying and discrimination. Through the Free and Equal campaign, the United Nations continues to speak out against homophobia."

Likewise, U.N High Commissioner for Human Rights Prince Zeid tweeted a photo of himself at a meeting, sporting a purple tie.

Spirit Day, which takes place today, October 16, inspires millions to wear purple or "go purple" online in a united stand against bullying and to show their support for LGBT youth. Each year, Spirit Day draws the participation of celebrities, corporations, media outlets, sports leagues, schools, faith institutions, national 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 partner American Eagle Outfitters.

You can go purple now by putting on purple, posting about #spiritday, and sharing your favorite #spiritday posts on social media.

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