The CW is a network that supports teens and young adults year-round — and October 15th, 2020 was no exception as so many of its shows and stars went purple online to support LGBTQ youth for #SpiritDay!
Kicking things off was none other than the new Batwoman herself, Javicia Leslie, who will don the bat-suit and play the new character of Ryan Wilder when the show kicks off its second season in January!
Together, we need to tell lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer youth it’s okay to be exactly who you are. Join me in going purple with the hashtag #SpiritDay on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram on October 15 (TOMORROW). Learn more at https://t.co/b0ar9tPXQ6
— Javicia Leslie (@JaviciaLeslie) October 14, 2020
— Javicia Leslie (@JaviciaLeslie) October 14, 2020
Batwoman’s Nicole Kang shared this beautiful #SpiritDay post!
Pull out some purple in your closet today and join me and take a stand against bullying on Oct. 15 for #SpiritDay. LGBTQ+ youth supporting you today and everyday. Take the pledge: /spiritday Very lucky to work on @cwbatwoman dedicated to the superhero strength we know it takes shoutout to the @thecw fam Thank you for the Feature for @avant_magazine Styled by: @nealstonge @eliz.anweis @gucci @jonathanmarcstein @saadcollection @regardstylehouse
And Batwoman costar Camrus Johnson was able to corralle cast members Meagan Tandy and Rachie Skarsten for a Spirit Day group photo.
Dynasty’s Elanie Hendrix shared her message of support as a fabulous Spirit Day unicorn this year!
Here’s a post from Gavin Stenhouse who stars in the upcoming series, Kung Fu (2021)
And Kung Fu’s Jon Prasida also got in on the message of showing support for LGBTQ youth!
Happy #SpiritDay y’all! Join me in showing support for our LGBTQ youth community. Shout out to the legendary @officialdavidyost – I’m sorry this level of awareness wasn’t around back then. All we can do is educate and re-educate ourselves. To the youths out there struggling with their sexuality and identity, please know that you are loved, you are accepted, and don’t let anyone tell you any different
Jake Stormoen from The Outpost sent this message of hope for LGBTQ youth all the way from Belgrade, Serbia.
A quick message to any LGBTQ youth out there who might need to hear this. I’m joining @thecw in support of GLAAD’s wonderful anti-bullying campaign this #SpiritDay—and all days. If you’d like to know more, join me by going purple at glaad.org/SpiritDay. This one hits close to home for me, so thanks for listening to me ramble for a couple minutes. Sending out all my love.
In The Dark’s Brooke Markham went the GIF route, with an inspirational message.
Not to be outdone, Perry Mayfield from In The Dark joined the purple hair posse.
And check out the amazing support from Bitsie Tulloch, who will star in the upcoming Superman & Lois!
— Elizabeth Tulloch (@BitsieTulloch) October 15, 2020
Supernatural got in on the Spirit Day action.
— Supernatural (@cw_spn) October 15, 2020
As did GLAAD Media Award nominee Supergirl!
— Supergirl (@TheCWSupergirl) October 15, 2020
Supergirl’s Nicole Maines plays Dreamer and is a true hero to LGBTQ youth!
Bullying? So out of style. Wearing your best purple pjs to yell supportive messages at passerby’s through the window? Now THAT’S fashion! Whether your at home or not, throw on some purple today and show your support of LGBTQ+ youth. Happy #SpiritDay pic.twitter.com/ALpHBMMt9X
— Nicole Maines (@NicoleAMaines) October 15, 2020
— Charmed (@cw_charmed) October 15, 2020
Plus, don’t forget about Riverdale!
— Riverdale (@CW_Riverdale) October 15, 2020
Colin Mochrie, the host of Whose Line Is It Anyway? went purple this year!
— Colin Mochrie (@colinmochrie) October 15, 2020
And the staff of The CW’s affiliate in Atlanta went purple for Spirit Day!
We’re going purple for @glaad’s 11th Annual #SpiritDay! Millions around the world are donning purple today to proudly take a stand against bullying and in support of LGBTQ+ youth. We stand in unity with #LGBTQ+ youth of every background, race, religion, agility, gender identity and sexual orientation. Join us by wearing your purple today and tag us in your photos! Be proud of who you are..the world would be a little less brighter without you #lgbtqyouth #glaadspiritday #notobullying #glaadspiritday2020
Amongst the many other CW stars who participated in Spirit Day through their Instagram stories were: Jordon Calloway (Black Lightning), Nick Zano (Legends), Adam Tsehkman (Legends), Monet Mazur (All American), Greta Onieogou (All American), Samantha Logan (All American), Nkechi Okoro Carroll (All American EP), Tala Ashe (Legends), Michael Behling Evans (All American), Shannon Dang (Kung Fu), Eddie Liu (Kung Fu), Olivia Liang (Kung Fu), Tony Chung (Kung Fu), Ben Levin (Legacies), Danielle Rose Russell (Legacies), Hunter Sansone (Stargirl), Chantal Thuy (Black Lightning), Theodore Bhat (In the Dark), Casey Deidrick (In the Dark), Perry Mattfeld (In the Dark), Sarah Jeffery (Charmed), Rachel Skarsten (Batwoman), Meagan Tandy (Batwoman), Camrus Johnson (Batwoman), Adam Johnson (The Outpost), Caity Lotz (Legends of Tomorrow), Meg DeLacy (Stargirl), and Yvette Monreal (Stargirl)!!
About Spirit Day
Each year, millions go purple for GLAAD’s Spirit Day to support LGBTQ youth in a united stand against bullying. Started in 2010 by high school student Brittany McMillan in response to numerous young LGBTQ lives lost to suicide, Spirit Day now draws the participation of celebrities, schools, faith institutions, national landmarks, corporations, media outlets, sports leagues, and advocates around the world, all joining together to stand against bullying and support LGBTQ youth.
Presenting partners Delta Air Lines, Kellogg Company, and Target, official partners Amazon, NYC Department of Youth and Community Development and the New York City Council, and Skittles, as well as community partners Kirkland & Ellis, NBA & WNBA will all participate in 2020 Spirit Day.
In 2020, Spirit Day takes on a renewed importance due to the unprecedented challenges facing LGBTQ youth. This year, many LGBTQ youth are beginning the school year at home and are unable to attend in-person meetings of Gay-Straight Alliances, Gender-Sexuality Alliances or on-campus college LGBTQ organizations. Some LGBTQ youth may be confined to a home environment that may be unsupportive or abusive. Calls to The Trevor Project’s hotline for LGBTQ youth have at times more than doubled since the COVID-19 pandemic began.
This year, Spirit Day is on October 15, 2020. Take the Spirit Day pledge to show LGBTQ youth you’ve got their backs at glaad.org/spiritday. Follow @GLAAD on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram to keep up to date with #SpiritDay news.