6:23pm PT by Chris Gardner
Cher, Sterling K. Brown, Shangela and Adam Rippon Among Stars Supporting GLAAD on Spirit Day
GLAAD is gearing up for Spirit Day on Oct. 15, a day dedicated to the LGBTQ anti-bullying campaign, by confirming dozens of stars, studios and companies to join the effort.
Marked by the color purple as a way of offering support, Spirit Day will see many stand in solidarity including Cher, the Chicks, Halle Berry, Elizabeth Berkley, Connie Britton, Sterling K. Brown, Jiggly Caliente, Jackie Cox, Miz Cracker, Ted Danson, Daughtry, Ariana DeBose, Gigi Gorgeous Getty, Megan Hilty, Jazz Jennings, Ken Jeong, JoJo, Jujubee, Padma Lakshmi, Nicole Maines, MAX, Ava Max, Peppermint, Calle y Poché, Adam Rippon, AnnaSophia Robb, Frankie Rodriguez, Vincent Rodriguez III, Tegan & Sara, Scott Turner Schofield, D.J. “Shangela” Pierce, Johnny Sibilly, Dahlia Sin, SOKO, Brandon Stansell, Patrick Starrr, Mary Steenburgen, Nico Tortorella, Trinity the Tuck, Nina West, and others.
Coinciding with National Bullying Prevention Month, Spirit Day began in 2010 when then high school student Brittany McMillan created a Tumblr post asking students to wear purple following the suicide deaths of several LGBTQ and LGBTQ-perceived young people.
Several studios, networks and streaming platforms are confirmed, per GLAAD, to take part: Disney/ABC Television will run PSAs; Hulu will produce a carousel of LGBTQ-inclusive titles, curated by GLAAD, that will run on the service from October 12-15; iHeartMedia will participate by airing PSAs; Sony Pictures has confirmed participation from upcoming LGBTQ-inclusive films The Craft: Legacy and Happiest Season; Spotify will be participating by encouraging artists to participate in "My Spirit Day Soundtrack”; WarnerMedia will activate several of their brands and show casts; CBS shows The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, The Late Late Show with James Corden, NCIS, NCIS LA, NCIS New Orleans, FBI, FBI: Most Wanted, The Young and the Restless, The Bold and the Beautiful, The Talk, Mom, Bob Hearts Abishola, Magnum P.I., MacGyver, All Rise, Unicorn, SEAL Team, The Neighborhood, B Positive, SWAT, and Blue Bloods are on board; and so are Access Hollywood, Entertainment Tonight and Extra.
Presenting partners Delta Air Lines, Kellogg’s and Target, official partners Amazon, NYC Department of Youth and Community Development and the New York City Council, and Skittles, as well as community partners Kirkland & Ellis, the National Basketball Association (NBA) and the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) will all lend support as well.
“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,” said GLAAD president and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis. “At a time when LGBTQ youth may be isolating in homes that are not affirming or do 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.”