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Anti-bullying advocate urges presidential candidates to wear purple on Spirit Day

Katy Butler

Today anti-bullying advocate and Spirit Day ambassador Katy Butler launched a Change.org petition asking President Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney to join GLAAD and millions of Americans by wearing purple Oct. 19,  for Spirit Day. Participants wearing purple on this day to stand against bullying and show support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) young people.

Spirit Day is an annual day in October when millions of Americans wear purple to speak out against bullying and to show their support for LGBT youth.

Katy Butler, a Michigan native who organized more than half a million people to call on the MPAA to change the rating of Bully from ‘R’ to ‘PG-13’, was announced as a Spirit Day ambassador earlier this month joining celebrities such as Extra’s Maria Menounos, Shaquille O’Neal, Wendy Williams, Perez Hilton, George Takei Shay Mitchell and Avan Jogia, as well as LGBT leaders including Jennifer Tyrrell, Janet Mock, Jordan Addison, Tiq Milan, Shane Bitney Crone and ally Zach Wahls.

GLAAD also announced additional participants for Spirit Day including the hosts of ABC’s Good Morning America, CBS’ The Talk, Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live, the NBA, DJ Pauly D, Maria Menounos, Chaz Bono, and Facebook.

“By going purple for Spirit Day, millions of Americans are helping to send a clear message that no one should be bullied simply because of who they are,” said GLAAD president Herndon Graddick.



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Posted by Associate Editor on Oct 10, 2012. Filed under Bottom Highlights, Online Only. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

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