The Orange Is the New Black star is shining a spotlight on the mistreatment of LGBT youth in a YouTube video released Wednesday by GLAAD.
The transgender public figure has partnered with the media advocacy organization to promote Spirit Day on Thursday, when individuals, companies, websites, and even national monuments will wear or broadcast the color purple to draw attention to this cause.
"Did you know that more than half of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth say they feel unsafe at school?" Cox says in the video. "Seventy-eight percent of transgender youth report experiencing harassment or bullying at school. That's why we're wearing purple for Spirit Day, October 16, in a united stand against bullying and to support our LGBT youth."
"Join us in going purple with #SpiritDay on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. For more information, go to GLAAD.org/SpiritDay," she concludes.
The Emmy-nominated actress will light the Empire State Building in purple Thursday, which will mark the first time the storied New York building has participated in Spirit Day.