GLAAD’s annual Spirit Day is here and everyone is out there wearing purple to take a stand against bullying.
The day brings awareness to the bullying of LGBTI youth. People don the color purple, donate, and stand in solidarity together with them on the annual day.
Donating has been a big success for the organization this year.
Justin Tranter held his second annual Spirit Day fundraiser on Wednesday (17 October) night at Hollywood’s Sayers Club. Overall, celebrities and other people helped raised $400k for the cause.
Nick Jonas and Imagine Dragons frontman Dan Reynolds, who is outspoken about his support for the community, each donated an amazing $50,000. Darren Criss and Derek Hough each pledged $5,000.
Today, all across social media, celebrities and more are wearing purple and sharing messages of support.
One of the things anyone can do to participate in Spirit Day is sign the pledge. Celebrities like Britney Spears and Barbara Streisand tweeted about this in their support for the anti-bullying campaign.
— Barbra Streisand (@BarbraStreisand) October 18, 2018
There’s no shortage of support in Hollywood, from people who work on the big screen, like director Ava DuVernay…
— Ava DuVernay (@ava) October 18, 2018
… to the cast of the upcoming movie Boy Erased, including Troye Sivan.
— GLAAD (@glaad) October 18, 2018
Sivan recently released his beautiful and poignant song for the movie.
The small screen is also giving plenty of support, such as the team behind Full Front with Samantha Bee.
Wynonna Earp, an LGBTI-inclusive show, is also promising a reward for their supportive fans who donate.
Keep the #WynonnaEarp @glaad #SpiritDay campaign rockin'! If we reach $10k the writers will name an s4 character after a donor! You could be the new Petra, a vampire, and we could love you!* (*note: character will not be a vampire, not necessarily loved). https://t.co/VCPnTE96DE pic.twitter.com/YRNO9Pqll4
— Wynonna Earp Writers (@WynonnaWriters) October 18, 2018
HBO went all-out with a display.
The HBO family is proud to come together in solidarity with LGBTQ youth on #SpiritDay. Go purple with @glaad and take part in the world’s largest anti-bullying campaign today! #lifeatHBO #HBOinspires pic.twitter.com/BvozPPMe57
— HBO Careers (@HBOcareers) October 18, 2018
The cast of Freeform’s The Bold Type also took a stand, including Aisha Dee, who plays queer character Kat on the show.
— The Bold Type (@TheBoldTypeTV) October 18, 2018
Allison Janney also pledged her support again, just as she did last year.
Let's tell every young person that it's okay to be who you are, no matter your background, race, religion, sexual orientation, or gender identity. No one should be bullied or called names simply for being who they are. That's why we're wearing purple for #SpiritDay. Join us! pic.twitter.com/nC2U9iyGGy
— Allison Janney (@AllisonBJanney) October 18, 2018
There’s also the team of Grey’s Anatomy.
— Greys Anatomy (@GreysABC) October 18, 2018
Theater companies like the North American tour of Les Miserables, and actors like Roger Bart made videos in support.
#LesMizUS stands proudly with LGBTQ+ youth today and every day! Join us in the fight against bullying and discrimination. Find out more at https://t.co/Gxcnjvdygk. #SpiritDay pic.twitter.com/l3v6b75t8M
— Les Misérables US (@LesMizUS) October 18, 2018
Join me and the rest of the @goodtrouble family as we celebrate #spiritday – TODAY! Go purple to stand against bullying and show support for LGBTQ youth. Don’t let anyone stand alone #choosekindness #bedifferent #beyou @glaad #lgbtqyouth #lgbtqcommunity pic.twitter.com/zBaC6ua8HI
— Roger Bart (@rogerbartoffic) October 18, 2018
In honor of #SpiritDay, I’m raising money for @GLAAD!! Join me in taking a stand against LGBTQ bullying and supporting inclusion 💜💜💜💜 Don’t forget to go purple today too!! https://t.co/xtnPK6t7ex pic.twitter.com/Zgul5kDat8
— ADAM LAMBERT (@adamlambert) October 18, 2018
— Little Mix (@LittleMix) October 18, 2018
Numerous companies like Target, Wells Fargo, Kellogg’s, and more also went purple for the day.