Go Purple: Show Your Spirit

By Jeremy Kinser

Originally published on Advocate.com October 20 2011 8:23 AM ET

Millions of Americans, including Chaz Bono, Cyndi Lauper, Julianne Moore,  and Mia Farrow, will observe tomorrow, October 20, as Spirit Day and wear purple clothing as a sign of support for LGBT youth and to speak out against bullying.

The movement was launched last year by teenager Brittany McMillan as a response to an epidemic of young people who took their own lives as a result of bullying. Tomorrow individuals, schools, organizations, corporations, media professionals, and celebrities will wear purple — the symbol of spirit on the rainbow flag.

It's easy to get participate. Here are a few easy-to-follow suggestions:

Wear purple.

Create a purple photo for Facebook. Click here for instructions.

Create a purple photo for Twitter. Click here for instructions.

For more information on how you can get involved, visit GLAAD.org.

Watch Chaz Bono, Amy Poehler, Rashida Jones, Naya Rivera, and Shaquille O'Neal speak out against bullying in the video below, as well as other celebrities on the following pages.PLEDGE TO GO PURPLE FOR SPIRIT DAY X390 (GLAAD) | ADVOCATE.COMWatch Mario Lopez, Sandra Lee, Vinny Guadagnino, Tori Spelling, Dean McDermott, and Dustin Lance Black encourage viewers to accept each other's differences and end bullying. The cast of Pretty Little Liars, Vinny Guadagnino, Ariel Winter, Chaz Bono, and Naya Rivera tell how words can hurt people.  Ben Cohen, the Fabulous Beekman Boys, Rev. Al Sharpton, Naya Rivera, Kristin Chenoweth, and Marlee Matlin tell how a safe learning environment can make a difference for LGBT youth.Rev. Al Sharpton, Russell Simmons, Jane Velez-Mitchell, Nelsan Ellis, and Naya Rivera encourage viewers to think before using hurtful words.