Activist asks Romney, Obama to wear purple for LGBT youth Spirit Day

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The activist who led the national campaign to change the rating for a film about bullying is now focusing on getting Mitt Romney and Barack Obama to wear purple for Spirit Day, an annual observance celebrating LGBT youth and equality.

Spirit Day is Oct. 19.

To show spirit, institutions such as Times Square and the New York Stock Exchange will turn their lights purple. Celebrities, athletes, activists and ordinary citizens will wear purple. And businesses and organizations will color websites and social media pages purple for the campaign coordinated by GLAAD.

On Oct. 10, activist Katy Butler asked Barack Obama and Mitt Romney to wear purple for Spirit Day. Butler is GLAAD’s Spirit Day ambassador. She’s also the activist who rallied major support to change the rating for “Bully” so that young people actually could see a documentary featuring young people and aimed at teaching young people lessons about tolerance and harassment.

Butler made the call to Obama and Romney in a Change.org petition – the same tool she used for the “Bully” drive.

The growing list of Spirit Day participants includes:

George Takei, NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal, celebrity blogger Perez Hilton, star of ABC Family’s “Pretty Little Liars” Shay Mitchell, daytime talk show host Wendy Williams, Nickelodeon’s Avan Jogia, the Los Angeles Unified School District, AMC Entertainment, AT&T, atelier-lb, Caesars Foundation, Carat, Citi, Delta Air Lines, Draftfcb, Digitas, Facebook, WNBA, NBA, MLS, Hewlett-Packard Company, Johnnye’s East Texas Soul, LBNY, Leo Burnett Business, The McGraw-Hill Companies, Marquee Las Vegas, MediaVest, Omnicom Group, Publicis Kaplan Thaler, Publicis Groupe, Saatchi & Saatchi, Southern California Edison, Toyota Financial Services, Warner Bros., Yahoo! and Zenith Optimedia.

Other landmarks to turn purple on Spirit Day include the LAX Pylon Lights and the JFK traffic tower.

Participating groups include the BULLY Project; Campus Pride; CenterLink; Equality Texas; Fair Wisconsin; FriendFactor; Forum for Equality; the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network; GSA Network; Human Rights Campaign; the League of United Latin American Citizens; the National Bullying Prevention Center by PACER; the National Council of La Raza; the National Hispanic Media Coalition; Parents, Family and Friends of Lesbians and Gays; Reaching Out MBA; Straight But Not Narrow; The Trevor Project; and Youth Empowered to Act.

For more, go to glaad.org/spiritday.