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Celebrating Spirit Day 2013
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 10/17/13
Last updated on: 10/17/13
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The cast of Hot in Cleveland going purple for Spirit Day.

On October 17, 2013, thousands of Americans are wearing purple to celebrate Spirit Day, a response to the national epidemic of anti-gay bullying. The observance was initiated in 2010 by teenager Brittany McMillan as a simple but powerful way to show support for glbtq youth.

The idea to display purple on Spirit Day stems from the fact that in some interpretations of the Rainbow flag the color is said to symbolize "spirit."

In past years, numerous celebrities, including Chaz Bono, Cyndi Lauper, Ellen DeGeneres, and Mia Farrow, among many others, have participated in Spirit Day. At schools across the country, Gay-Straight Alliances have distributed purple wristbands and held assemblies and other meetings to commemorate the day.

According to GLAAD, which spearheads the observance, many media outlets plan to go purple for Spirit Day 2013. Among those participating are CNBC, Comcast, Logo, MTV, NBC Universal, and the Oprah Winfrey Network. Oprah also changed her Twitter profile to purple in honor of Spirit Day.

Archie Comics issued a special strip in which Kevin Keller, the series' first openly gay character, takes a stand against bullying. As a Spirit Day Ambassador, Kevin Keller is joined by such other celebrity ambassadors as Macklemore, Ryan Lewis, Ke$ha, the cast of Degrassi High, and Elvis Duran. Other celebrity participants include Demi Lovato, the cast of Hot in Cleveland, and openly gay singer Steve Grand.

In the video below the cast of Hot in Cleveland goes purple for Spirit Day.

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