Celebrities across the web are showing up for LGBTQ youth.
This Thursday, October 15, is Spirit Day, the 2020 edition of GLAAD’s annual campaign encouraging all of us to take a stand against anti-LGBTQ bullying and harassment in schools. Since 2010, GLAAD has partnered with hundreds of celebs, media outlets, companies, school districts, and other groups to promote the initiative—and this year’s star-studded roster of supporters is no exception. Participants are asked to wear purple as a nod to the purple stripe in Gilbert Baker’s iconic rainbow Pride flag, which symbolizes spirit.
According to The Trevor Project’s recent National Survey on LGBTQ Youth Mental Health, queer youth across the country encounter high rates of bullying, harassment, and physical threats to their safety. More than half of all trans and nonbinary youth surveyed said they have “seriously considered suicide” in the past year. With the added stress and loneliness of quarantining or social distancing amid the COVID-19 pandemic, 2020 has been a uniquely challenging year for these already vulnerable demographics.
Although we can’t gather IRL to celebrate Spirit Day due to the pandemic, the cause is more important than ever, says GLAAD president and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis.
— GLAAD (@glaad) October 15, 2020
“From the effects of COVID-19, to the social uprising against racial injustice and police brutality, to the Trump administration’s consistent attacks on LGBTQ people, this year has presented unprecedented challenges and crises, all of which continue to uniquely and disproportionately impact LGBTQ youth,” Ellis said in a media statement. “At a time when LGBTQ youth may be isolating in homes that are not affirming or might not have access to their usual support systems, this year’s Spirit Day is a chance for LGBTQ people and allies to send messages of acceptance and support to LGBTQ youth when they need it most.”
Scroll through below for a look at the all-star celebs supporting the cause, including RuPaul’s Drag Race alum Nina West, Javicia Leslie from The CW’s Batwoman, Wilson Cruz and Ian Alexander from Star Trek: Discovery, and more.
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Today we're going purple in solidarity with @glaad #SpiritDay! I encourage all of you to join us and take a stand against anti-LGBTQ bullying. Read more about how you can take the Spirit Day pledge and support LGBTQ youth through the link in bio – Celine xx… Aujourd'hui, nous portons du violet en solidarité au #SpiritDay et @glaad ! Je vous encourage tous à vous joindre à nous et à vous mobiliser contre l'intimidation anti-LGBTQ. Pour en savoir plus sur la façon dont vous pouvez vous impliquer et soutenir les jeunes LGBTQ, cliquez sur le lien dans la bio – Céline xx … @dee_termined_girl
Together, we need to tell lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer youth it’s okay to be exactly who you are. Join me in going purple with the hashtag #SpiritDay on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram on October 15 (TOMORROW). Learn more at https://t.co/b0ar9tPXQ6
— Javicia Leslie (@JaviciaLeslie) October 14, 2020
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Happy #SPIRITDay from the Queerest #StarTrek ever!! We LOVE you. We SEE you.. and you’re PERFECT, just as you were made. As Maya Angelou said, “Your crown has been bought and paid for. All YOU have to do is put it on your head and wear it.” We LOVE to see it! Celebrate Spirit Day by tuning in to #StarTrekDiscovery premiering TODAY and TOMORROW, on @startrekcbs @startreknetflix, respectively. @albinokid1026 @bludelb @ianaiexander ❤️
— Chelsea Clinton (@ChelseaClinton) October 15, 2020
— Nina West (@NinaWest) October 15, 2020
— The Craft (@thecraftmovie) October 14, 2020
As I join many wearing purple in honor of #SpiritDay to show support for LGBTQ youth…@janai brings us a special moment from a #RedTableTalk between @GloriaEstefan and her daughter Emily. Their candid conversation next on @GMA
— Robin Roberts (@RobinRoberts) October 15, 2020
On #SpiritDay, join us in speaking out against bullying & take a stand with LGBTQ youth, who disproportionately face bullying & harassment because of their identities.
— WNBA (@WNBA) October 15, 2020
— Logo ️ (@LogoTV) October 15, 2020
Learn more about Spirit Day and issues facing LGBTQ youth here.
Main image: Nina West.