Trans influencers went purple for #SpiritDay, and it's a big deal

In honor of #SpiritDay today, transgender celebrities, activists, musicians, artists, athletes, and influencers all went purple in support of LGBTQ youth. By going purple, they took a stand against anti-LGBTQ bullying and sent a strong message in solidarity. From profile pictures to tweets, trans celebs showed up for #SpiritDay. See their powerful photos and messages below and visit glaad.org/SpiritDay to find out more!

 

@GLAAD's SPIRIT DAY; WEAR PURPLE! A few thoughts- 1-Bullying is unacceptable. 2-Bullying says more about the bully than the bullied. 3-No one is defined by the negativity others may push on them. 4-Standing idle while someone is bullied is neglectful and wrong. 5-Standing up against bullying means calling the bullied into the conversation. It means protecting the bullied. It does not mean bullying the bullies. — So let's stand up for each other. Let's call out hurtful behavior when we see it. Let's encourage education to eradicate ignorance. Let's bring our full selves everywhere we can. Let's spread warmth and love, even and especially to those filled with negativity. Let's elevate everyone. — (This picture is from last year's spirit day because I don't have any new purple clothes. Apologies for the old picture! Photo creds to the amazing @sydney.claire.photography!) — #spiritday #glaad #glaadspiritday #transgender #nobullying

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Today is @glaad #SpiritDay in solidarity with LGBTQ youth. Just want to say that I love all of the queer and trans young people out there. Thank you for your leadership; you help me bloom. Also it feels important to say that I do not think homophobia and transphobia are simply prejudices, attitudes, or individual acts of discrimination or violence. I believe they are systems of oppression. Often we rely on an uncritical idea of “the bully,” localizing prejudice in one individual, as if the culture at large is not the problem. This line of thinking allows us to scapegoat individuals as *the cause* of homophobia and transphobia, and not *the products* of them. I believe ‘bullies’ are the products of a misogynist world and committing ourselves to ending that misogyny presents a more difficult and total task than just dealing with individuals. I believe sometimes ‘bullies’ are often responding from very real trauma, loss, violence, and pain under violent regimes of power. I believe that many ‘homophobes’ and ‘transphobes’ might actually be queer or trans themselves. Hurt people hurt people. On this day every year I commit myself to think and dream bigger, to hold the complexity of everyone and everything, to fight for a world where all can self determine their genders and sexualities without fear of violence. Love you @elif___kucuk

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About Spirit Day

Each year, millions go purple for GLAAD’s Spirit Day to support LGBTQ youth in a united stand against bullying. Started in 2010 by high school student Brittany McMillan in response to numerous young LGBTQ lives lost to suicide, Spirit Day now draws the participation of celebrities, schools, faith institutions, national landmarks, corporations, media outlets, sports leagues, and advocates around the world, all joining together to stand against bullying and support LGBTQ youth.

As anti-LGBTQ policies, hate crimes, and harassment are on the rise, it is now especially important to let all marginalized youth know they are supported.

This year, Spirit Day is on October 19, 2017. Take the Spirit Day pledge to show LGBTQ youth you've got their backs at glaad.org/spiritday. Follow @GLAAD on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Tumblr to keep up to date with #SpiritDay news.