It may have felt like you were looking at your social media feeds through violet-tinted glasses yesterday when countless members of the LGBTQ community and their allies partook in GLAAD’s annual spirit day and wore purple to advocate against bullying.
The tradition began in 2010 in response to a despairing influx in queer youth suicides, including that of Tyler Clementi. Now, nearly a decade later, celebrities, organizations, the casts of television shows and films, and countless more get involved for the day, which takes place in the middle of October, which has become National Bullying Prevention Month.
Here are some of our favorite posts from yesterday.
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) October 18, 2018
In honor of #SpiritDay, I’m raising money for @GLAAD!! Join me in taking a stand against LGBTQ bullying and supporting inclusion Don’t forget to go purple today too!! https://t.co/xtnPK6t7ex pic.twitter.com/Zgul5kDat8
— ADAM LAMBERT (@adamlambert) October 18, 2018
— Britney Spears (@britneyspears) October 18, 2018
Sterling K. Brown
Together, let’s wear purple.
Together, let’s make a statement...
That it is okay to be who you are, no matter your background, race, religion, sexual orientation, or gender identity.
Together, let’s celebrate #SpiritDay. pic.twitter.com/cKYwepYoDt
— Sterling K Brown (@SterlingKBrown) October 18, 2018
— Adam Rippon (@Adaripp) October 18, 2018
The hosts of The View
— The View (@TheView) October 18, 2018
Today I wore purple for @glaad’s #SpiritDay in order to take a stance against LGBTQ+ bullying It’s so sad to live in a world where ppl bring down others in order to increase their pride. Stay strong, love always wins. Love yourself and all around you https://t.co/6ChqSU0wxW pic.twitter.com/Hy9YysMMgQ
— Jazz Jennings (@JazzJennings__) October 18, 2018
— Ava DuVernay (@ava) October 18, 2018
The cast of Will & Grace
This #SpiritDay we’re wearing purple with our friends at @WillAndGrace & @glaad to stand with LGBTQ youth and stand up against bullying. We’re in this together. @MeganMullally @EricMcCormack @DebraMessing @SeanHayes pic.twitter.com/i4TeIMyh1e
— Queerty (@Queerty) October 18, 2018
Troye Sivan along with the cast of Boy Erased
Today, we’re going purple for #SpiritDay! Join us and @GLAAD in supporting #LGBTQ youth and taking a stand against bullying. Visit https://t.co/878BEZG2W2 for more information. #BoyErased pic.twitter.com/906IhgGoNg
— Boy Erased (@BoyErased) October 18, 2018