Millions of people, organizations and companies are supporting the fifth annual #SpiritDay today by "going purple."
Facebook and other Social Media platforms are filled with purple profile pictures and other "purplelized" images and many supporters are decked out in purple attire today to stand against bullying and show their support for LGBT youth.
Following a string of high-profile suicide deaths of gay teens in 2010, teenager Brittany McMillan made a post on Facebook that encouraged her friends to wear purple to stand up against the bullying that in many cases led to those deaths. McMillan had no idea that her post would go viral and become a campaign that millions of people would support.
Since then, GLAAD has gotten involved and has begun organizing the event each year and has worked to involve millions of teachers, workplaces, celebrities, media outlets and students in going purple on social media or wearing purple, a color that symbolizes spirit on the rainbow flag. Spirit Day now occurs every year on the third Thursday in October, during National Bullying Prevention Month, and has become the most visible day of support for LGBT youth.
Among the many celebrities and well-known individuals participating this year are Laverne Cox, Wilson Cruz, Peter Marc Jacobsen, Fran Drescher, Becca Tobin, some leaders at the United Nations, along with the casts of "Pretty Little Liars," "Switched at Birth," "Orphan Black," "The Fosters," "Looking" and other HBO programs.
Those who want to get involved with Spirit Day should click HERE to find out more information and use the online tools to purplelize photos.