Trans stars show up in full force to support LGBTQ youth on #SpiritDay

Today, trans celebrities, musicians, actors, artists, activists, advocates, athletes, and influencers are celebrating #SpiritDay to take a stand against bullying and show their support for LGBTQ youth. Check out some of their messages and photos, and then join them by going purple on your own social media. Visit glaad.org/SpiritDay to find out more!

Going purple today for @glaad #spiritday. I think this counts! Let's take a stand against bullying with #glaad #lgbt

A photo posted by Caitlyn Jenner (@caitlynjenner) on

Take a stand against bullying and support #LGBT youth by going purple for #SpiritDay @glaad

A photo posted by Trace Lysette (@tracelysette) on

in purple lip for #spiritday & i am thinking about all of the gender non-confirming youth of color for whom bullying never really stops. how we are told over and over again that when we grow up / when we move away / etc. there will be some "safe" space where we can "be ourselves" but that doesn't really happen. as gender non-conforming people we have to constantly sacrifice "authenticity" for "safety," and that doesn't make us any less than, any less real, any less "visible." so lots of love for the gender non-confirming young people who are building strategies of being whole despite bullying (not just from cisgender heterosexual people, but from cisgender queer people and (binary) trans people). i love you all so much and i am nothing without you -- because it is you all who have taught me to neither blame myself nor a "bully" but rather to blame a world that bullies all of us into the gender binary and punishes us for having the audacity to say "stop." i love you because i want it to stop. so badly, i want it to stop.

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Stand up for yourself. Stand up for others - even strangers. Stand up for what you believe in. Don't be an innocent bystander. I can't tell you how meaningful it has been to me when people have stood up for me in moments when I felt unable to do so. — To everyone who's stood up for me: Thank you from the bottom of my heart. You most definitely lent a hand in keeping me alive. To all of the bullies out there: Grow up and find your own sense of security. Don't beat people down to make yourself look taller. And to everyone who's been bullied: Stand up taller. You are strong and capable and worthy. — Photo credits/edits go @sydney.claire.photo! — #transgender #pride #lgbtpride #bodypositive #antibullying #nobullying #glaad #topsurgery #transathlete #transswimmer #qpoc #tpoc #lgbtqathletes #lgbtq

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Thank you for being you and letting your purple spirit shine through!

About Spirit Day

Each year, millions of people "go purple" for Spirit Day in a united stand against bullying and to show support for LGBTQ youth. According to a 2015 GLSEN survey, more than half of LGBTQ students report being victimized based on sexual orientation, with a further three quarters of students who report hearing anti-LGBTQ remarks in school. Started in 2010 by high school student Brittany McMillan, Spirit Day now draws the participation of celebrities, corporations, media outlets, sports leagues, schools, faith institutions, national landmarks, and individuals around the world, who join together in a united stand against bullying.

Check out glaad.org/spiritday for more about how to stand against bullying and show support for LGBTQ youth. Also follow @GLAAD on Twitter to keep up to date with #spiritday news.

Spirit Day is made possible by the generous support of its presenting partners Target and Wells Fargo, official partners, NBA and WNBA, NFL, Viacom, and WWE, and supporting partners, American Eagle Outfitters, Barilla, Comcast NBCUniversal, Kellogg’s, Kirkland & Ellis, Toyota Financial Services, and Zipcar. The translation of GLAAD’s Spirit Day Resource Kit into multiple languages is made possible by a generous grant from Google supporting GLAAD’s Global Voices Initiative. Global Spirit Day resource kits are presented by Logo’s Global Ally campaign.

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, MTV, the NBA, the NFL, Major League Baseball, NASCAR, WWE, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr, the Las Vegas Strip, and more.

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