Trans celebrities and advocates go purple for #SpiritDay

Yesterday, many trans celebrities and advocates went purple for Spirit Day to take a stand against bullying and show their support for LGBT youth. Among those participating are: Caitlyn Jenner, Laverne Cox, Candis Cayne, Chandi Moore, Geena Rocero, Ian Harvie, Jacob Tobia, Jamie Clayton, Andreja Pejic, Our Lady J, Jazz Jennings, Laura Jane Grace, Leo Sheng, Rocco Kayiatos, Scott Turner Schofield, Shadi Petosky, Trace Lysette, Zackary Drucker, Hari Nef, Skylar Kergil, Zoey Luna, Precious Davis and Myles Brady, Aneesh Sheth, Cherno Biko, Ryan Cassata, Tiq Milan, Shane Henise, Nicole Maines, Monica Roberts, GLAAD Board Members Jennifer Finney Boylan, Lana Moore, and Christina Kahrl, and many more.

Transgender advocacy organizations also went purple yesterday, including the National Center for Transgender Equality, the Transgender Law Center, the Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund, Gender Spectrum, and the Tennessee Trans Political Coalition. The upcoming documentary Real Boy, about a young musician who's also trans, encouraged its supporters to go purple.

Check out some of their photos and messages below!

 

#StandAgainstBullying #SpiritDay #TransIsBeautiful #gopurple

A photo posted by laverne cox (@lavernecox) on

 

#SpiritDay #GoPurple #LGBTQYouth Check out @glaad Resource kit http://www.glaad.org/spiritday/resourcekit

A photo posted by geenarocero (@geenarocero) on

 

It's #SpiritDay! Speak out against bullying so all #LGBT #youth can enjoy school like my #genderindependent Stanley: http://t.co/Tf0WiVRpPD

Posted by Scott Turner Schofield on Thursday, October 15, 2015
 

No bullies allowed! Cut the crap... or we're gonna come find you! Go purple for #spiritday

A photo posted by Trace Lysette (@tracelysette) on

 
 
 

HAPPY SPIRIT DAY! I'm going purple to make a stand against bullying and in support of our youth. #SpiritDay GLAAD...

Posted by Cherno Biko on Thursday, October 15, 2015
 

I first came out as #queer when I was about 12 years old, nearly 10 years ago. I've been through a lot since coming out...

Posted by Ryan Cassata on Thursday, October 15, 2015
 

If you bully and spread hate you can't sit with us at lunch. Go purple for #Spiritday

A photo posted by Andreja Pejic (@andrejapejic) on

 

Today we go purple for #SpiritDay to spread awareness around LGBT bullying. Did you know that 4/5 trans students feel...

Posted by Shane B. Henise on Thursday, October 15, 2015
 
 

Break out that purple stuff people!

Posted by Monica Roberts on Thursday, October 15, 2015
 

@glaad #spiritday

Posted by Isley Reust on Monday, October 12, 2015
 
 

Support Spirit Day, and stand against bullying.

Posted by Christina Kahrl on Thursday, October 15, 2015

About Spirit Day

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.

These numbers only become more alarming when examining the trans community specifically. More than 4 out of 5 (82%) of trans students felt unsafe at school because of their gender expression. Additionally, 9 out of 10 report experiencing transphobic or homophobic harassment from peers, and most reported that it happened "often" or "frequently." These factors mean that trans students who are able to stay in school have significantly lower GPAs, are more likely to miss school out of concern for their safety, and are less likely to plan on continuing their education. (All statistics taken from the National Center for Transgender Equality.)

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.