This year, celebrities, politicians, and other notables from around the world came together online to send a united message of support and acceptance to LGBTQ youth at a time when they need it most. Check out some of the highlights below, including messages from Vice President Joe Biden, Senator Kamala Harris, Sec. Hillary Clinton, Celine Dion, Halle Berry, Christina Aguleria, Sterling K. Brown, The Chicks, Reba McEntire, Sam Smith, Sarah Jessica Parker, and more.
Vice President Joe Biden
This #SpiritDay — and every day — we must stand up to hate and intolerance. It’s up to all of us to ensure every young person is affirmed and accepted just as they are — regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or expression.
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) October 15, 2020
Senator Kamala Harris
To all LGBTQ+ youth who are facing bullying and harassment, know that you deserve to be accepted and loved just as you are. #SpiritDay
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) October 15, 2020
Sec. Hillary Clinton
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) October 15, 2020
We’re going purple in solidarity with @glaad #SpiritDay! I encourage all of you to join us and take a stand against anti-LGBTQ bullying. Read more about how you can take the Spirit Day pledge and support LGBTQ youth here https://t.co/TeD4Udi1N4 Celine xx…
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— Celine Dion (@celinedion) October 15, 2020
— samsmith (@samsmith) October 15, 2020
Sterling K. Brown
— Sterling K Brown (@SterlingKBrown) October 15, 2020
— The Chicks (@thechicks) October 15, 2020
— Christina Aguilera (@xtina) October 15, 2020
Sarah Jessica Parker
— On The Red Carpet (@OnTheRedCarpet) October 15, 2020
As I join many wearing purple in honor of #SpiritDay to show support for LGBTQ youth…@janai brings us a special moment from a #RedTableTalk between @GloriaEstefan and her daughter Emily. Their candid conversation next on @GMA
— Robin Roberts (@RobinRoberts) October 15, 2020
— Nick Jonas (@nickjonas) October 15, 2020
Happy #SPIRITDay from the Queerest #StarTrek ever!
We LOVE you. We SEE you and you’re PERFECT, just as you were made. As Maya Angelou said “Your crown has been bought & paid for. All YOU have to do is put it on your head and wear it.” @startrekcbs https://t.co/zGxrMjU4Xl
— Wilson Cruz (@wcruz73) October 15, 2020
I know what it feels like to be that one kid with the cooties. The one who no one wants to sit with at lunch. The “chick with the dick.” The one not allowed to use the girls’ restrooms. Teased, whispered about, pointed at, laughed out, excluded. I know what it feels like and have gone purple today to bring awareness to all the LGBTQ+ youth who experience bullying. Please show your support for #spiritday
— CNBC (@CNBC) October 15, 2020
Other celebrities, politicians and notables who participated include: Chelsea Clinton, Liam Payne, Peppermint, Adam Lambert, James Corden, Connie Britton, Andy Cohen, Rosario Dawson, Ellen DeGeneres, Elizabeth Banks, Justin Tranter, Elizabeth Gillies, Rita Ora, Meghan Trainor, Daughtry, Mandy Moore, LeAnn Rimes, The Congressional LGBTQ Equality Caucus, New York Attorney General Letitia James, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, Ashlee Simpson, Ted Danson, Mary Steenburgen, Anthony Rapp, Elvis Duran, Jack Galinsky, New York State Senator Brad Holyman, Beanie Feldstein, Samantha Bee, Alison Brie, Toni Braxton, Tatiana Maslany, Jessie J, JoJo, Tegan & Sara, Betty Who, Fran Dresher, Lionel Richie, Patrick Starrr, FLETCHER, Blu Del Barrio, Ian Alexander, Javicia Leslie, Clea Duvall, Nico Tortorella, Gloria Trevi, Trinity The Tuck, Jaymes Vaughan, Craig Melvin, Stephanie Ruhle, Ali Velshi, Shane McAnally, Jake Borelli, Jeffrey Bowyer Chapman, Nicole Maines, Ava Max, Brooke Lynn Hytes, D.J. “Shangela” Pierce, Jordin Sparks, Maggie Lindemann, Elaine Hendrix, Shemar Moore, Cody Alan, Daniel Franzese, Stephanie Beatriz, Melissa Fumero, Joel McKinnon Miller, Gigi Gorgeous Getty, Karl Schmid, Melanie Scrofano, August Getty, Brandon Stansell, Natalia Jiménez, Tiffany Hendra, Ginger Zee, Kameron Westcott, Chaz Cardigan, Dario Yazbek Bernal, Rachel Slawson, Ken Jeong, Jujubee, Padma Lakshmi, United Nations Free & Equal, Nina West, Ben Lewis, Colin Mochrie, Mollee Gray, Chris & Ian, Father James Martin, Macarena Achaga, Amy Allen, Jonathan Bennett, Garrett Clayton, Harper Grae, Lindsey Lomis, Elizabeth Berkley, Aria, Regina Blandón, Bright Light Bright Light, Ryan Eggold, Megan Boone, Ely Henry, Tyler Labine Jiggly Caliente, Coty Camacho, Scott Turner Schofield, Derek Warbuton, Roberto Carlo, Jackie Cox, Miz Cracker, Kat Cunning, Blair Imani, Paulina Davila, Alexis Michele, Ariana DeBose, Anne Heche, Ana de la Reguera, Nicky Doll, Andrés Durán, Lisa Edelstein, Anupam Kher, Luis Sandoval, Ednita, Brita Filter, Kany García, Carlie Hanson, Ty Herndon, Megan Hilty, Juan Pablo Jaramillo, Lali, Elyfer Torre, Jason Lewis, Jaime Wyatt, Litzy, LeeAnne Locken, Mauricio Martinez, Bárbara López, Countess LuAnn, MAX, Ava Max, Coco Maxima, Bethany C. Meyers, Ben O’Keefe, Eureka O’Hara, David Boreanaz, Janet Montgomery, Adriana Barraza, Finn Bailor, Adamari López, Hoda Kotb, Emma Norton, Joey Zauzig, Brooke Lewis, Kaliko Kauahi, Christian Chavez, Enrique Sapene, Amanda Troop, Jaicy Elliott, Lisa Linke, Cici Nicole, Tommy DiDario, Sander Jennings, Horacio Pancheri, Maite Perroni, Angel Bonilla, Calle y Poché, Michael Ray, Ana Rizo, AnnaSophia Robb, Frankie Rodriguez, Vincent Rodriguez III, Johnny Sibilly, Dahlia Sin, SOKO, Speelburg, and LGBTQ advocates and allies from South Africa, Ecuador, and India, part of the Global Shapers community.
For a full list of participants from 2020 Spirit Day, click here.
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.