Stars of primetime and late night tv support LGBT youth on Spirit Day

It’s official! Thanks to everyone who participated, Spirit Day 2011 was a success. With a whirlwind of purple everywhere, there was an outpouring of support for LGBT youth on yesterday. From media outlets to celebrities to corporations to the White House, everyone did their part to support LGBT youth and stand against bullying. Throughout the day, a number of television stars and media outlets went purple while on-air reaching millions with their pledge. However, they were equally rivaled by nighttime television stars who reminded us that Spirit Day is not just an all-day event but an all-night event, too.

Access Hollywood’s host Billy Bush and correspondents Shaun Robinson and Kit Hoover showed just how much spirit they have by wearing purple on-air.

Anderson Cooper, host of Anderson and CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360, doubled his support as he wore purple on both of his daytime and nighttime shows.

Brian Williams, anchor of NBC’s Nightly News, wore purple last night for the evening news broadcast. His broadcast and his support reached millions of American families sitting down at the dinner table.

The hilarious Conan O’Brien delivered tons of laughs and tons of support for LGBT youth last night as he wore purple on his TBS’ show, Conan. Conan was joined by Modern Family’s Jesse Tyler Ferguson who also went purple on last night’s show. 

Funnyman Craig Ferguson made his pledge into the wee hours of the night wearing purple on his CBS’ show, The Late Late Show. E! Online's Marc Malkin showed his spirit and spread the word on twitter.

Support for LGBT youth was present across the shows on Oprah Winfrey’s OWN Network last night. From hosts to guests, purple was the color of night. The former daytime talk show queen donned a silk purple blouse as she shared her best advice with viewers on her new show, Oprah’s Lifeclass.

Gayle King, host of The Gayle King Show on the OWN Network, also showed her support wearing a purple dress on her show last night.

The always funny Rosie O’Donnell, host of The Rosie Show Reality on the OWN Network, showed her spirit last night wearing purple on her show along with the show’s guest, CNN’s Nancy Grace.


MTV kept the spirit and support going all day and all night with the historic change of its iconic television logo to purple. Logo boasted a “Spirit Day” banner with a purple Spirit Day ribbon on its channel to show its support for LGBT youth.


Even city landmarks garnered attention for their support of Spirit Day. Boston’s Prudential Center showed its spirit when it lit up purple for the evening in support of LGBT youth.

And the newly named Mercedes-Benz Superdome (formally the Louisiana Superdome) in New Orleans went purple during its new state of the art, million dollar light show.

GLAAD is excited to send a sincere and HUGE THANK YOU to those celebrities, media outlets and city landmarks that pledged purple in support of LGBT youth on Spirit Day 2011. Thanks for sending such a strong message and making this day, and night, a great success.