No More Bullies: Wear, Share and Go Purple on #SpiritDay October 17


No More Bullies: Go Purple for #SpiritDay on October 17

 “Spirit Day was started by a high school student in 2010 as a way to prevent bullying and show support for LGBT youth. Roughly eight out of 10 LGBT students experience harassment while at schools and as many as 63 percent of them report they also feel unsafe, according to GLAAD. The event takes place annually on every third Thursday in October.” CBS LA

Have you got the spirit?

Then put your Purple where your heart is.


GLAAD and many other LGBTQ-affirming organizations encourage you to wear and share purple on the annual anti-bullying event known as Spirit Day, October 17.

Do it! And encourage everyone you know to Go Purple for Spirit Day to show  solidarity and support for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans*, queer and questioning (LGBTQ) youth and to take a stand against against bullying.

Since its beginnings in 2010, more LGBTQ folks and allies in proactive solidarity have publicly and enthusiastically shown their support, and this year is no exception.

Prominent figures and groups showing their support on Spirit Day this year as official and unofficial partners and ambassadors will include:

Betty White (she’s going “Betty Purple” on October 17) and her Hot In Cleveland costars

CBS and many other major networks including OWN, NBC, MTV and others.

Isaac Mizrahi

Jason Collins

NewNowNext and Logo TV


Laverne Cox


Jesse Tyler Ferguson

Most major professional sports leagues and entertainers, MLB, WNBA, NBA, NFL, NHL, WWE, UFC, etc.

Nate Berkus

Az Marie

Brittney Griner


Macklemore and Ryan Lewis…

…and many others, hopefully including you!

There are many very easy ways to participate. Unlike St. Patty’s Day, you’ll get no pinching action if you can’t find something purple to wear (unless you ask very nicely.)–you can always Purple Up your own social media pages and profile instead.

GLAAD has created many simple and one-click shareable images, graphics and positive blubs to help you to participate.



Millions wear purple on Spirit Day as a sign of support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth and to speak out against bullying. Spirit Day was started in 2010 by high school student Brittany McMillan as a response to the young people who had taken their own lives.

Observed annually, individuals, schools, organizations, corporations, media professionals and celebrities wear purple, which symbolizes spirit on the rainbow flag. Getting involved is easy — participants are asked to simply “go purple” on October 17th as we work to create a world in which LGBT teens are celebrated and accepted for who they are. 

Simply take the pledge to “go purple” on October 17th as we work to create a world in which LGBT teens are celebrated and accepted for who they are. You can also download our Spirit Day resource kit, which has ways you can turn your community purple. Spirit Day participants can also spread the word and tell their friends that they’re standing up against bullying.


You’ll also find an exclusive Spirit Day app available for Android and iPhone at GLAAD.


For more ideas for taking a stand against bullies and celebrating Spirit Day, visit Please include the hashtag #SpiritDay in your tweets, and please follow @glaad on Twitter. And again, please share Spirit Day with everyone you know!



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