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From Jesse Tyler Ferguson to Honey Boo Boo, celebs 'go purple' for Spirit Day

Stars make statement against the bullying of LGBT youth

Reality television star Alana Thompson (aka Honey Boo Boo) was among the celebrities making a statement against the bullying of LGBT youth on Friday (19 October) which has been designated as Spirit Day by the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation.

'Ain't nothing wrong with bein' a little gay. Everybody's a little gay!' states the pint-sized star who came to fame on the TLC show Toddlers & Tiaras.

MSNBC news anchor Thomas Roberts, on the final day of his honeymoon with Patrick Abner in Rio de Janiero, took time out to snap a photo on the beach of him and his husband - both in purple shirts.

'Happy #SpiritDay from Rio,' Roberts tweeted.

Singer Ricky Martin, currently on Broadway in Evita, tweeted out a photo of himself wearing a purple hooded sweatshirt.

Sporting a more subtle purple was actor Wilson Cruz who now works for the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) which is the organization promoting Spirit Day.

Cast members on NBC's Days of Our Lives, including Freddie Smith who plays the gay character of Sonny, showed their support on the set. Sonny was involved in a bullying storyline earlier this year.

And in the world of politics, US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan tweeted a photo of himself putting on a purple tie and added this message: 'Bullying is not a rite of passage and we've got to take a stand.'

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