NBC Universal celebrates Spirit Day by wearing purple! Check out how your favorite stars are showing support to LGBTQ youth and taking a stand against bullying below!
Today, we celebrate #SpiritDay! Universal Studio Group stands firmly against bullying and proudly supports LGBTQ+ youth. Take a stand and go purple to show your support. @GLAAD pic.twitter.com/jmSSUYlYs5
— Universal Content Productions (@UCP) October 21, 2021
Chris Sullivan from This Is Us, showed his Spirit Day pride!
As did Sterling K. Brown and Faithe Herman from This Is Us, as well as stars from New Amsterdam, Mr. Mayor, and more!
— Ted Danson (@TedDanson) October 21, 2021
— Bobby Moynihan (@bibbymoynihan) October 21, 2021
— John Carroll Lynch (@MrJCLynch) October 21, 2021
— amber ruffin (@ambermruffin) October 21, 2021
— Jocko Sims (@jockosims) October 21, 2021
— Danielle Moné Truitt (@DaniMoneTruitt) October 21, 2021
— Don Mancini (@RealDonMancini) October 21, 2021
Ana Gasteyer from American Auto always makes us laugh… and on Spirit Day, she brings smiles to our faces for her support of LGBTQ youth!
Ana’s co-star, Jon Barinholtz, showed his purple spirit as well!
NBC news anchors all around the country (and the world!!) showed their support for LGBTQ youth as well!
— Will Koulouris (@WillKoulouris) October 20, 2021
— Steven Romo (@stevenromo) October 21, 2021
— Atlanta & Company (@atlandco) October 21, 2021
E! and Bravo talent also celebrated Spirit Day!
How are you showing your Spirit today? pic.twitter.com/ilkXEuUU6s
— Bravo (@BravoTV) October 21, 2021
— Dr. Wendy Osefo (@WendyOsefo) October 21, 2021
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.