Celine Dion Joins Halle Berry, Sam Smith And Other Celebrate To Support LGBTQ Youth On Spirit Day
Touted as an annual LGBTQ awareness day, Spirit Day is observed on the third Thursday in October. People wear purple each year to support LGBTQ youth on Spirit Day, taking a united stand against bullying.
Non-governmental organization GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) urges everyone to go purple including global and local brands, as well as companies, celebrities, leaders, neighbors, friends, parents, classmates and to show solidarity with youth, Founded by LGBT people, GLAAD also encourages them to participate in the world's largest, most visible LGBTQ anti-bullying campaign.
Sporting her purple on Thursday, Celine Dion tweeted a heartwarming picture of her and her 9-year-old twins, Nelson and Eddy, who rocked white beanies that read Spirit Day in purple when put together. "We're going purple in solidarity with @glaad #SpiritDay!" the songstress wrote in the caption section of the picture.
She encouraged her fans and social media followers to join them to stand against anti-LGBTQ bullying. Likewise, actress Halle Berry wore a purple GLAAD shirt that read, "I support LGBTQ youth." Taking to the Twitter account, singer-songwriter Sam Smith also asked people to show support for LGBTQ youth, adding that no one deserves to be bullied.
Aside from celebrities, several politicians showed their support, including Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and the Governor of New York Andrew Cuomo. The former vice president wrote that people need to stand up against hate and intolerance every day, noting that it is up to the people to ensure every youth is affirmed and accepted the way they are, regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity, or expression.
The New York Governor tweeted announcing his support for the LGBTQ youth, and GLAAD to stand against bullying. He went on to say that New York loves its people regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity, adding that the state's got their back.
Former United States Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton also tweeted about standing with LGBTQ young people on Spirit Day, and on every day of the year. "Go purple," she wrote. Other celebrities that took to social media to support LGBTQ include Reba, Elizabeth Banks, who even shared a link to the GLAAD website on her Instagram profile, LeAnn Rimes Cibrian, Sterling Brown, and many more.
CBS2 also announced that it is joining millions of people wearing purple and taking a stand against bullying to support the LGBTQ youth. The Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network suggest 7 out of 10 LGBTQ students face harassment in school with more than half of them claiming they feel unsafe.