A purple wave is coming.
GLAAD has confirmed a wide range of actors, corporations and celebrities will participate in Spirit Day on October 20, an annual show of support for LGBTQ youth. As part of the day, millions of people are expected to wear purple and/or share purple branding online with the hashtag #SpiritDay, a tradition launched in 2010 by high school student Brittany McMillan as a way to honor LGBTQ young people who have died by suicide.
According to an official release from GLAAD, confirmed to show their support is the cast of Cleaning Lady, Word L: Generation Q, RuPaul’s Drag Race, Good Trouble, The Return, The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, A Drunk Woman and HBO’s Was here.
The long list of bold names involved include Ben Aldridge, Louis Van Amstel, Jonathan Bennett, Mayim Bialik, Sterling K. Brown, Kristin Cavallari, Margaret Cho, Wilson Cruz, Shannon Dang, Ken Jeong, Carson Kressly, Idina Menzel, Netta, Jim Parsons, DJ “Shangela” Pierce, Adam Rippon, Jai Rodriguez, Jake Wesley Rogers, Lily Rose, Amy Schneider, Wanda Sykes and many more.
Maren Morris will also be in attendance and the country star lifted the spirits by launching a t-shirt labeled “You Have a Seat at This Table”. One hundred percent of proceeds support GLAAD’s work with LGBTQ youth. Morris also linked up with Fandiem and Bandsintown for a sweepstakes supporting GLAAD to give fans the chance to attend the final show of her Humble Quest tour in Nashville.
Also confirmed for God’s Day is New York’s landmark, the Empire State Building, which will turn purple in a light-up ceremony thanks to RuPaul’s Drag Race Jujubee fan favorite and God Day sponsor Sally Hansen. Additional sponsor support is provided by Kellogg’s, Visible, NFL, Amazon Corporate Security, Kirkland & Ellis, L’Oreal and Victor & Rolf.
Other landmarks getting a purple makeover include the Stonewall National Monument Visitor Center, ViacomCBS, and Times Square including a NASDAQ, M&M’s, Skittles and American Eagle billboard and Chicago’s Mars Wrigley Building. Major sports leagues including the NFL community sponsor will also join the NBA, WNBA, MLB and Athlete Ally, a number of Spanish-language channels and programs, and ABC and ABC owned TV stations. , NBCUniversal network, faith organization United Church of Christ, Naming and Affirming Youth Ministries Project, and more.
To see the full list of Spirit Day participants, click here.