Freedom to Marry celebrates Spirit Day
October 17, 2013
Today is Spirit Day, an annual opportunity for the country to take a stand against bullying and wear purple in support of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans people across the country. Freedom to Marry is joining the ranks of people speaking out against bullying by wearing purple today and going purple on our Facebook.
Hundreds of other organizations, public figures, and landmarks - including many professional sports leagues, the New York Stock Exchange, the American Eagle building in Times Square, and dozens of celebrities like Oprah Winfrey, Jason Collins, Demi Lovato, Jimmy Kimmel, and Betty White - are all going purple today.
This year marks the fourth celebration of Spirit Day, which was started in 2010 by teenager Brittany McMillan, who asked her friends to wear purple in memory of people who had lost their lives to bullying. GLAAD worked to grow the event into a national effort, making it bigger and better than ever. GLAAD has helped Spirit Day to garner widespread support from celebrities, TV news programs, corporations, organizations, schools, and national landmarks. October is also National Bullying Prevention Month.