VIDEO: #spiritday national presenting partner Wells Fargo showcases why bullying needs to stop

Multinational banking and financial services company Wells Fargo has kicked their support for LGBT youth into high gear for Spirit Day, for which Wells Fargo is a national presenting partner.

In the video below, posted today, members of the Wells Fargo team open up about their experiences with bullying and the resiliency they've developed:

"It's so important to be able to fully be yourself," says one woman. The video concludes with positive messages of support for young people who are forced to confront bullying.

"The effects of bullying have resounding consequences. LGBT students who face bullying and violence are more likely to skip school, receive lower grades and drop out of school. They are also less likely to attend college. According to studies by The Trevor Project, a leading national organization providing crisis intervention services, LGBT youth are four times more likely to commit suicide," said John Lake, LGBT Segment Manager, Enterprise Marketing in a guest post for GLAAD's newsroom.

In Wells Fargo offices throughout the country, employees also wore their support for the cause on their sleeves:

The Duke Energy Center skyscraper on the Wells Fargo campus in Charlotte, North Carolina shone brightly for the whole city to see last night in honor of Spirit Day:

Spirit Day, which takes place today, October 16, inspires millions to wear purple or "go purple" online in a united stand against bullying and to show their support for LGBT youth. Each year, Spirit Day draws the participation of celebrities, corporations, media outlets, sports leagues, schools, faith institutions, national landmarks, and individuals. Spirit Day is made possible by the generous support of its national partners PepsiCo and Wells Fargo, as well as official partners Comcast-NBCUniversal and Google, and supporting partner American Eagle Outfitters.

You can go purple now by putting on purple, posting about #spiritday, and sharing your favorite #spiritday posts on social media.

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!​

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