Facing isolation at home, school, or places of faith, many LGBTQ children feel alone and silenced. Once a year, we collectively wear purple for Spirit Day to take a stance against the bullying that disproportionately affects queer youth.
While National Coming Out Day gives LGBTQ people the chance to open up about their identities as a community, this event is a chance for companies, global leaders, respected celebrities, neighbors, parents, classmates, and friends to come out as reliable allies.
In celebration of Spirit Day, here is the army of celebrities publically announcing they've got queer kids' backs.
\u201c"Keep loving yourself and keep expressing yourself and keep being you" @LaurenJauregui has a message for LGBTQ youth. \ud83d\udc9c\ud83d\udc99\n\nTake the #SpiritDay pledge and stand up against bullying on October 18th: https://t.co/AJXrimYJKz\u201d
\u201cHappy #GLAAD Spirit Day! \ud83c\udff3\u200d\ud83c\udf08 I don't have purple ensemble with me in Asia, but I'm celebrating #SpiritDay to support LGBTQ youth! \ud83d\udc9c\ud83d\udc9c\ud83d\udc9c https://t.co/3iTwR1sjva\u201d