Michelle Visage, Kim Petras, Ross Mathews and More Speak Out Against LGBTQ Bullying For GLAAD Spirit Day

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GLAAD has formally kicked off its countdown to Spirit Day, their annual marketing campaign to face in solidarity with LGBTQ youth by sporting purple or "going purple" on social media.

As a part of the group's Spirit Day marketing campaign this 12 months, GLAAD has recruited Michelle Visage, Ross Mathews, Kim Petras, Mj Rodriguez and Alyssa Milano to share video messages that talk on the worth of supporting younger LGBTQ individuals who have endured bullying.

“Spirit Day is a day of nationwide significance that highlights the intense difficulty of bullying and its disproportionate affect on LGBTQ youth,” mentioned GLAAD CEO & president Sarah Kate Ellis. “It additionally sends highly effective messages of help, letting LGBTQ and different marginalized youth know that they aren't alone -- one thing sorely wanted in our tradition at present.”

The Spirit Day festivities will coincide once more this 12 months with Justin Tranter’s "BEYOND" live performance, which featured performances from Courtney Love, Adam Lambert and Hailee Steinfeld final 12 months. This 12 months's live performance is about to happen on Oct. 17, the day earlier than the pageant. The performers slated for the occasion are nonetheless unannounced.

There's nonetheless a methods to go in guaranteeing that LGBTQ younger individuals are protected against bullying and discrimination of their day-to-day lives. A survey performed by GLSEN nonetheless exhibits that 57.6 p.c of LGBTQ college students felt unsafe at college due to their sexual orientation and 43.three p.c due to their gender expression.

A variety of progressive firms together with Hilton, Target, Wells Fargo, Johnson & Johnson, the NBA and WNBA, Kellogg’s, Barilla, and Kirkland & Ellis have agreed to take part within the anti-bullying marketing campaign.

Watch the video messages beneath: