In its first year reunited as ViacomCBS, talent from across the media conglomerate came together on GLAAD Spirit Day to show in a united front that they stand against bullying and are there for LGBTQ youth to let them know they’re not alone!
The day kicked off with an incredible message from the cast of Star Trek: Discovery, whose third season premiered today (on Spirit Day!) on CBS All Access along with the premiere of new castmembers — played by trans actor Ian Alexander and non-binary actor Blu del Barrio. They were joined by out gay actors Wilson Cruz and Anthony Rapp, who shared this incredibly heartfelt message:
— Star Trek on CBS All Access (@startrekcbs) October 15, 2020
James Corden has always been a huge supporter of Spirit Day and this year was no exception with this heartfelt message for LGBTQ youth!
And Stephen Colbert’s team at The Late Show reposted this amazing moment from a recent interview with the indefatigable Billy Porter!
— A Late Show (@colbertlateshow) October 15, 2020
The cast of Showtime’s Shameless has supported Spirit Day every year they’ve been on the air, and this year is no exception! Congrats on their upcoming final season! What an amazing run of showing LGBTQ youth how to be their authentic selves!
— Shameless on Showtime (@SHO_Shameless) October 15, 2020
Kate Miner and Christian Isaiah from Shameless shared this additional photo!
Look at this incredible carousel of CBS prime time talent!
We loved revisiting this classic Schitt’s Creek moment!!! Thanks, PopTV!
— Schitt’s Creek (Pop) (@SchittsCreekPop) October 15, 2020
Comedy Central shared this fun moment from Daily Show correspondent Jaboukie Young-White.
— comedycentral (@ComedyCentral) October 15, 2020
And Broad City might be off the air, but Abbi and Ilana are the gift that always keeps giving!
— Broad City (@broadcity) October 15, 2020
The Drunk History team shared these great moments from LGBTQ history on Spirit Day.
— Drunk History (@drunkhistory) October 15, 2020
The cast of The Talk always comes through for LGBTQ youth on #SpiritDay!
— The Talk (@TheTalkCBS) October 15, 2020
Yassss, Sharon Osbourne — thank you for this beautiful close-up!
— Sharon Osbourne (@MrsSOsbourne) October 15, 2020
The Talk’s Carrie Ann Inaba is such a huge ally!
We see you, the cast of CBS’s Magnum P.I.!
— Magnum P.I. (@MagnumPICBS) October 15, 2020
We can’t help but stan SEAL Team‘s Toni Trucks in her Spirit Day t-shirt!
— SEAL Team (@SEALTeamCBS) October 15, 2020
The same goes for Kenny Johnson from S.W.A.T.
— Kenny Johnson (@TheKennyJohnson) October 15, 2020
C’mon MacGyver… show us that Spirit!
Celebrate #SpiritDay and support LGBTQ youth with Levy Tran and the cast and crew of #MacGyver! Take the pledge to go purple and stand up against bullying: https://t.co/d4CaX1HWfP pic.twitter.com/APaASwK9A6
— MacGyver (@MacGyverCBS) October 15, 2020
And we’re bull’ish on the case of Bull this Spirit Day!
— Bull (@BullCBS) October 15, 2020
The new season of The Amazing Race is underway and they won’t slow down for bullies!
— The Amazing Race (@AmazingRaceCBS) October 15, 2020
We love the playfulness of the cast of FBI: Most Wanted!
— FBI: Most Wanted (@MostWantedCBS) October 15, 2020
Missy Peregrym from FBI is stunning in purple!
Yassss, Allison Janney, and the cast of Mom! Heroes, every single one of you!
We’re absolutely positively here for the cast of B Positive!
There’s no room for bullies in the neighborhood of The Neighborhood!
NCIS LA is keeping us safe this Spirit Day!
— NCIS LA (@NCISLA) October 15, 2020
As is the team from NCIS New Orleans! New Orleans ain’t got time for bullying!
Be proud of who you are. The cast and crew of #NCISNOLA celebrate #SpiritDay and support LGBTQ youth. Take the pledge to go purple and stand up against bullying: https://t.co/dr10dUsY84 pic.twitter.com/KFFlwDsjPD
— NCIS: New Orleans (@NCISNewOrleans) October 15, 2020
Blue Bloods’ Sami Gayle is smiling in purple to show her support for LGBTQ youth!
— Blue Bloods (@BlueBloods_CBS) October 15, 2020
We’re all such huge fans of Leo Sheng from Showtime’s The L Word: Generation Q — a former GLAAD campus ambassador!
I was going to post today’s #SpiritDay photo with some statistics about the bullying that queer youth experience. I think it’s important to both believe that it exists because youth tell us that it does, and to see the numbers to get a clear understanding of just how pervasive homophobia and transphobia are. But, I think as queer folks— especially as queer POC— we are constantly surrounded by grief. Whether that’s in the numbers we read of bullying of queer youth, the names of victims of homophobic and transphobic violence, or by our own experiences. Often, it feels inescapable. I want to use this platform to provide information, but also to share messages of hope, support, and resources. If you’re someone for whom numbers and statistics are important, @glsen is just one great resource for research and data. It shouldn’t be the responsibility of folks being bullied to seek support. Resources should be made available by people in positions of power: teachers, counselors, principals, etc. These are just a few resources that provide information specifically around school climate for youth and adults: @trevorproject @transstudent @glaad @translifeline #transisbeautiful
The Young & The Restless brought some great daytime energy to #SpiritDay.
— Young & The Restless (@YRInsider) October 15, 2020
And long-running Y&R castmember Greg Rikaart shared this amazing Spirit Day message!
Not to be outdone, here’s Y&R’s Sasha Calle showing her support for LGBTQ youth!
— Young and Restless (@YandR_CBS) October 15, 2020
RuPaul’s Drag Race finalist and Canada’s Drag Race host Brooke Lynn Hytes looks fetching in purple this year!
— Brooke Lynn Hytes (@Bhytes1) October 15, 2020
The Price Is Right showed its support this year for Spirit Day!
— The Price Is Right (@PriceIsRight) October 15, 2020
The Paramount Network is getting in on the Spirit Day action this year.
— Paramount Network (@paramountnet) October 15, 2020
As is the always-supportive and inclusive kid’s network, Nickelodeon!
— Nickelodeon (@Nickelodeon) October 15, 2020
WBZ-TV, the CBS affiliate in Boston, made this beautiful video this year for #SpiritDay!
WBZ-TV is proud to be taking part in #SpiritDay on Oct. 15! Wear purple on Thursday to stand united against bullying and show your support for #LGBTQ youth https://t.co/TUkdynDXeX pic.twitter.com/HDylfgsuWu
— WBZ | CBS Boston News (@wbz) October 15, 2020
ViacomCBS lit up its billboards at 1515 Broadway in NYC and at the CBS Broadcast Center on the Radford Studio Lot in Los Angeles!
Logo’s Editorial Director Terron Moore is feeling the Spirit Day purple!
— Terron Moore (@Terr) October 15, 2020
MTV News reminded us about the message of #SpiritDay with this interview from Billy Porter.
Today is #SpiritDay, in which we stand up against bullying and show our support for LGBTQ+ youth. In 2018, @theebillyporter spoke with us about creating long-lasting change, and how it all boils down to respect and humanity for each other. pic.twitter.com/tkqyAQ2xgt
— MTV NEWS (@MTVNEWS) October 15, 2020
And CBS New York has its eye on the prize this Spirit Day!
Today is #SpiritDay! Pledging to “go purple” on Spirit Day is a way for everyone- global and local brands/companies, world leaders, celebrities, neighbors, parents, classmates, and friends — to visibly show solidarity with youth and to take part in the largest, most visible LGBTQ anti-bullying campaign in the world! Show your purple!! #GOPurple
Just look at all of these amazing CBS Entertainment employees smiling in purple. THANK YOU so much to the CBS Entertainment Diversity Team, who truly go above and beyond every year to activate all of ViacomCBS for Spirit Day!!!!
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.