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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.[instagram https://www.instagram.com/p/BpFKPltnGoq/?utm_source=ig_embed&utm_medium=loading expand=1 site_id=25879312 embed_desktop_width=540 embed_desktop_height=765 embed_mobile_width=375 embed_mobile_height=661]
From actors like Sterling K. Brown (This Is Us), Tatiana Mansley (Orphan Black), and Paul Adelstein (Girlfriend's Guide to Divorce)...[instagram https://www.instagram.com/p/BpE2wo4BkMA/?utm_source=ig_embed&utm_medium=loading expand=1 site_id=25879312 embed_desktop_width=540 embed_desktop_height=659 embed_mobile_width=375 embed_mobile_height=527]
To talk show royalty Ryan Seacrest, Kelly Ripa, Mario Lopez, and the hosts of Good Morning America, and The View...
\u201cIn honor of @glaad's #SpiritDay, we're wearing purple to support the #LGBTQ community! \ud83d\udc9c\n\n#ChooseKindness and help put an end to bullying: https://t.co/naOlMAKEIs\u201d— The View (@The View) 1539875987
To young advocates Yara Shaidi, Lauren Jauregui, and The Bold Type cast...
\u201c"It is important that we are a support network that support each other not only in a very physical sense but an emotional sense" -- @YaraShahidi's #SpiritDay message is VITAL.\u201d— GLAAD (@GLAAD) 1539834231
\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— GLAAD (@GLAAD) 1539805110
To straight-up legends like Barbra Streisand, Ellen DeGeneres, Britney Spears, and Mariah Carey!
\u201cToday is @GLAAD #SpiritDay! Let\u2019s show our support for LGBTQ youth and stand up against bullying! Take the pledge to go purple \ud83d\udc9c https://t.co/tAUMYH3gIl\u201d— Britney Spears \ud83c\udf39\ud83d\ude80 (@Britney Spears \ud83c\udf39\ud83d\ude80) 1539883134
\u201cStand up against bullying! Take the pledge to go purple on #SpiritDay: https://t.co/0jWauJzb7c\u201d— Barbra Streisand (@Barbra Streisand) 1539876898
\u201cIt\u2019s #SpiritDay. Let me see your purple. #BeKindToOneAnother\u201d— Ellen DeGeneres (@Ellen DeGeneres) 1539883266
\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— Mariah Carey (@Mariah Carey) 1539886793