Schools show their love for LGBT students on #SpiritDay

Today, in honor of Spirit Day, schools across the country are rallying together to show their support for their LGBT students. Kids, young adults, faculty, and staff, from high schools, universities, and LGBT student clubs are "going purple" to take a stand against bullying.



Spirit Day was founded in order to uplift the voices of LGBT students who are targeted simply for being themselves. Educators, administrators, and students alike are creating a visible support system for LGBT students who may feel that they have nowhere to turn.

Spirit Day shows LGBT youth that there are people in their communities for them to turn to. School can be the place where bullying is worst: according to GLSEN's National School Climate Survey, 55.5% of LGBT youth feel unsafe in school because of their sexual orientation, and 38.7% because of their gender expression.  However, with the help of knowledgeable teachers and peers, it can also be a place of safety and support.

All students should be able to go to school and feel like they belong. Spirit Day brings together institutions of all varieties and sizes to show students from all walks of life that they deserve support in their learning communities.

Check out the full list of participating schools.

On October 15, Spirit Day inspires millions to "go purple" to support LGBT youth in a united stand against bullying. According to GLSEN's 2013 National School Climate Survey, 8 out of 10 LGBT students experience harassment at school, and over 60% of LGBT students who did report a bullying case said their school staff did nothing. Spirit Day draws the participation of celebrities, corporations, media outlets, sports leagues, schools, faith institutions, national landmarks, and individuals around the world to take a stand against bullying and show their support for LGBT youth.

You can go purple now by putting on purple, posting about #spiritday, and sharing your favorite #spiritday posts on social media. Go to www.glaad.org/spiritday to turn your profile picture purple and learn more ways to get involved in Spirit Day.

Spirit Day is made possible by the generous support of its presenting Partners Wells Fargo and Target; official partners DOW, Google, NBA and WNBA, NFL and WWE; and supporting partners American Eagle Outfitters, Barilla, Chobani, Comcast NBC Universal, Kirkland and Ellis, and Toyota.

Past participants in Spirit Day include the White House, the Empire State Building, Oprah Winfrey, Ellen DeGeneres, Cher, Laverne Cox, Kim Kardashian, Demi Lovato, Ariana Grande, Shaquille O'Neal, Good Morning America, The Today Show, The View, The Talk, The Tonight Show, the NBA, the NFL, Major League Baseball, NASCAR, WWE, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr, the Las Vegas Strip, and more.