GLAAD

2020 Presidential Candidates Show Support for Spirit Day

Several Democratic candidates recorded messages of support for LGBTQ people suffering from bullying.

Today, October 17, is Spirit Day, an annual event promoted by GLAAD that began in 2010 and was started by then-high school student Brittany McMillan in memory of LGBTQ people who had lost their lives to suicide. On this day, individuals around the globe are encouraged to wear purple as a visible stand against bullying.

Among those showing support this year are a number of 2020 Democratic presidential candidates, including former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Cory Booker, South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Sen. Kamala Harris, and Sen. Amy Klobuchar. They recorded supportive messages, released through GLAAD.

“With LGBTQ rights under attack on a near-daily basis, Spirit Day could not be happening at a more critical time,” said Sarah Kate Ellis, GLAAD President and CEO, in a statement.

Ellis added that the messages of support were “a powerful and refreshing change of pace from the divisive rhetoric and bullying that have become all too common today’s charged political and cultural climate.”

The candidates’ messages follow:





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