GLAAD is enlisting support from celebrities, corporations and community groups in Spirit Day on Oct. 17, when you can expect to see lots of purple – on the Web and in clothing attire.
GLAAD is predicting millions will show their spirit and celebrate LGBT youth, including Ke$ha, Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi, Jenni “JWOWW” Farley, Nev Schulman, Max Joseph, transgender athlete Kye Allums, openly gay pro basketball player Jason Collins, the cast of TeenNick's “Degrassi,” radio host Elvis Duran, WNBA player Brittney Griner, “Extra” host Maria Menounos, country music artist Kacey Musgraves and Spanish-language talk show host Cristina Saralegui.
"As our country moves closer to full legal equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, LGBT youth continue to face staggering rates of bullying at school," said GLAAD spokesperson Wilson Cruz. "On Oct. 17, we urge you to join us in helping to send a powerful message of support to LGBT youth everywhere.”
MTV and mtvU will turn purple on-air and online to mark Spirit Day, as well MTV’s screens in Times Square in New York City.
Las Vegas’ Freemont Street Experience, the LAX pylon lights and the New York Stock Exchange also will turn purple. As well websites and social media pages for American Eagle Outfitters, Brown-Forman Corporation, Caesars Foundation, Delta Air Lines, esurance, Facebook, Ketel One Vodka, MTV, NASDAQ, Thomson Reuters, Toyota Financial Services, Wells Fargo, Westfield Group and ZipCar.
GLAAD is conducting a Spirit Day pledge sweepstakes, offering those who pledge to wear purple on Spirit Day in a stand against bullying a chance at winning a trip for two to Las Vegas, including first-class airfare courtesy Delta Air Lines, a two-night stay at Caesars Palace Las Vegas courtesy of Caesars Entertainment, two tickets to “Shania: Still the One” at Caesars Palace and a post-show meet-and-greet with Shania Twain.
To take the pledge, go online to http://glaad.org/spiritday.