Networks and brands across WarnerMedia are showing support for LGBTQ youth for Spirit Day 2021 and taking a stand against bullying! Check out the highlights below!
HBO Max’s HUMAN BY ORIENTATION campaign exists to let LGBTQ youth know that they’re valued and loved!!!
Cartoon Network, the home of so many LGBTQ inclusive shows – ranging from Steven Universe to Adventure Time – showed their Spirit Day support for LGBTQ youth in full force! Bullying has no place on their network.
Cartoon Network stands with our LGBTQ+ Youth! You are loved, and you are not alone. Leave a heart in the comments to show your support against bullying.
— Cartoon Network (@cartoonnetwork) October 21, 2021
The canonically queer Harley Quinn – and her lover Poison Ivy – know that representation matters in the DC Universe!
— Harley Quinn (@dcharleyquinn) October 21, 2021
DC’s Titans are real heroes in our eyes, indeed!
— DC Titans on Max (@DCTitans) October 21, 2021
Joy, love, and laughter!!! That’s on the menu from the Doom Patrol team!!! We love this Spirit Day spirit!
— Doom Patrol (@DCDoomPatrol) October 21, 2021
The iconic water tower on the Warner Bros. lot in Burbank lit up purple again this year, to show support for LGBTQ youth!
Today and every day, we stand with LGBTQ+ youth and speak out against LGBTQ+ bullying. WarnerMedia is proud to go purple for #SpiritDay and celebrate with our employees worldwide.
— WarnerMedia (@WarnerMedia) October 21, 2021
Hey Ellen! We think it’s pretty swell that you’ve been an advocate for Spirit Day for so many years!
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) October 21, 2021
TBS is showing some Spirit Day love and taking a stand against bullying.
— TBS Network (@TBSNetwork) October 21, 2021
We’re Here star Miss Shangela Laquifa Wadley is one of GLAAD’s closest allies and friends… and she’s looking ravishing in purple, showing LGBTQ youth that they’re seen and loved!
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 sponsors Target, Visible, and Wells Fargo, official sponsors NYC Department of Youth and Community Development, Porsche Cars North America Inc., Sally Hansen, and Mars Wrigley’s SKITTLES, and community sponsors Amazon, Kellogg Company, Kirkland & Ellis, National Basketball Association & Women’s National Basketball Association, NFL, Nike, and Shutterfly will all participate in Spirit Day.
In 2021, Spirit Day takes on a renewed importance due to the unprecedented challenges facing LGBTQ youth. Over the last year and a half, many LGBTQ youth have not been in school, unable to attend in-person meetings of Gay-Straight Alliances, Gender-Sexuality Alliances or on-campus colleges LGBTQ organizations. During this time, LGBTQ youth have also become increasingly vulnerable to the impacts of cyberbullying, specifically with heightened levels of anti-LGBTQ hate and harassment on social media. Some LGBTQ youth may be confined to a home environment that may be unsupportive or abusive. As well, an unprecedented number of anti-LGBTQ bills in state legislatures specifically targeting trans and nonbinary youth have been in the news. 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 21, 2021. Take the Spirit Day pledge to show LGBTQ youth you’ve got their backs at glaad.org/spiritday. Follow @GLAAD on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and TikTok to keep up to date with #SpiritDay news.