From GLAAD:  Millions wear purple on Spirit Day as a sign of support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth and to speak out against bullying. Spirit Day was started in 2010 as a response to the young people who had taken their own lives. Observed annually, individuals, schools, organizations, corporations, media professionals and celebrities wear purple, which symbolizes spirit on the rainbow flag. Getting involved is easy — participants are asked to simply “go purple” on October 19th as we work to create a world in which LGBT teens are celebrated and accepted for who they are.

The White House has just turned its official Facebook and Twitter logos purple for Spirit Day. Today millions are wearing purple or going purple online to stand up against bullying and show support for LGBT young people.

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HRC: Three years ago, Spirit Day started as a day when supporters wear purple to show their support for LGBT youth and the rejection of anti-LGBT bullying.

Today there are many ways you can get involved and show your support. You can use HRC’s Spirit Day Facebook app, so all your friends and family know about the power of purple. And this year, HRC is partnering with GLAAD on a resource kit with tips on everything from how to turn your Facebook picture purple for the day, to engaging local officials, lawmakers and the media in meaningful conversations on bullying.