The Las Vegas Strip – including the ‘Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas’ sign – will go purple for Spirit Day on Oct. 19.
The national campaign takes a stand against bullying and shows support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth. The historic display of support in Las Vegas was announced by GLAAD and the R&R Partners Foundation, which organized the local effort.
Kicking off Spirit Day at 10 a.m., the Clark County, Nev., Commission and the Las Vegas City Council will present GLAAD president Herndon Graddick with a proclamation at the Las Vegas sign, which will be turned purple, the color of support for Spirit Day.
Next, Caesars Entertainment, MGM Resorts International, Wynn Resorts, Las Vegas Sands Corporation, Treasure Island, The Tropicana Las Vegas and The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas will turn their resort marquees purple along the Las Vegas Strip.
The Fremont Street Experience also will go purple for Spirit Day, lighting its famed Viva Vision canopy, which consists of more than 12 million LED lights and spans four city blocks. The Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada is organizing a meet-up for LGBT youth and allies at the Fremont Street Experience.
The Marquee Nightclub, located in The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, will host a Spirit Day after-party. Guests attired in purple will receive complimentary admission.
Other Las Vegas-area participants include Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, Aid for AIDS of Nevada, Golden Rainbow, Hilton Garden Inn, Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce, Las Vegas Pride, Nevada state Sen. David Parks, QVegas and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
In addition, the Human Rights Campaign has donated several hundred tee-shirts in recognition of Spirit Day, which will be distributed to LGBT youth in Las Vegas through The Center and other ally organizations across the valley.