VIDEO: Ohio's Columbus Division of Fire creates PSA, lights the city purple for LGBT youth on #SpiritDay

Yesterday, October 15, Chief Kevin O'Connor and Columbus Division of Fire from Columbus, Ohio joined in GLAAD's international Spirit Day to stand against bullying in a big way.

In coalition with Stonewall Columbus, a center supporting and advocating for Central Ohio's LGBT community, and joined by GLAAD's Board of Directors member Capt. Lana Moore, Lt. Dottie Dorn, and firefighters J. Sierra and Nate Dunmoyer, O'Connor and the Columbus Division of Fire put together a public service announcement that ran throughout Columbus, bringing to attention the bullying issues LGBT youth face every day. The video brings an important message to LGBT youth and young adults, and the people who love them, living in the Midwest: these locals heros have your back.

The Columbus Division of Fire and other participants of #Spiritday also tweeted about the powerful PSA:

 

 

Capt. Moore was also involved with a city lighting project that successfully illuminated the arches of Columbus' North Short district in purple. Bathing the district this show of spirit and affirmation for LGBT youth created an impactful and engaging image for the people of Columbus. Nationwide Plaza and City Hall also joined in the movement, projecting Spirit Day by shining purple lights themselves across the region's arches: 

 

About Spirit Day

On October 15, Spirit Day inspired 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 drew the participation of celebrities, corporations, media outlets, sports leagues, schools, faith institutions, national landmarks, and individuals around the world who united to take a stand against bullying and show their support for LGBT youth.

Check out glaad.org/spiritday for more about how to stand against anti-LGBT bullying and 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 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.