PHOTOS: Coming Out Purple on Spirit Day

By Advocate.com Editors

Originally published on Advocate.com October 19 2012 5:15 PM ET

Clockwise from upper left: The hosts of the Today Show went purple; Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan went purple and welcomed guest Michelle Obama on LIVE with Kelly and Michael; The hosts of The Talk on CBS were all wearing purple; Spirit Day Ambassador Wendy Williams and her audience also wore purple on The Wendy Williams Show.

Jaymes and James "Team Chippendales" from the Rio in Las Vegas (currently featured on The Amazing Race), show their support for Spirit Day, with custom-designed purple cuffs and collars. Photo by Arlene Richie.

@NHL says on Twitter: "The @VanCanucks have turned Rogers Arena purple for #SpiritDay. Wait until it's dark outside & lit up!"

@jessetyler on Twitter: "Happy #SpiritDay! I put on a purple t shirt to go to the gym and then I decided it was also #LazyDay."

The cast and crew of the musical Bare, including choreographer Travis Wall, went purple and shared this photo on Twitter.

The staff at Freedom to Marry gets into the spirit.

Twitter user @wendyksloan shared purple-filled photos of The Cosmopolitan and Planet Hollywood, which were among the Vegas strip hotels to make a statement.

American Apparel's Spirit Day selection

BJUnity is a support group for LGBT graduates of Bob Jones University, and so naturally it goes purple on its Facebook page.

Actress Pauley Perrette shared this photo on Twitter: "Wearing purple for #SpiritDay :)"

The meme goes purple.

Web video host Tyler Oakley wishes you a "Happy #SpiritDay!"

Beyblader Kai, Spirit Day by ArcaneJack on DeviantArt.com

Extra host Maria Menounos shows off on Twitter: "My @extratv look of the day:dress Lrk earrings @mmjewelry wore purple for #SpiritDay!"

Check out Sybil Bruncheon (via Facebook): "If you're a young man or woman in the LGBT community, and you're being bullied.... please believe me and others that are older than you and who have been down this path before. Life is beautiful! Life will get better! The adventure, joy, and love that are waiting for YOU, are worth waiting FOR!!!"

Go Purple, Nothing Different, Love is Love by sharkurban on DeviantArt.com

Our friends at Here Media in New York got together for a show of purple support.

We gathered for a quick photo at the offices of The Advocate.