Millions of Americans painted their Twitter accounts with a splash of purple on Thursday, taking a visible stance against bullying and showing support for vulnerable LGBT youth. The message behind #SpiritDay, a media campaign sponsored by GLAAD, was this: Everyone deserves to be treated with kindness.
“Remember that you are stronger than any bully,” MSNBC host Kate Snow told viewers who have experienced bullying and harassment on Thursday. “And when Spirit Day ends, keep being proud to be yourself every day of the year.”
As of 4 p.m. ET Thursday, the hashtag #SpiritDay was the No. 1 trend slot on Twitter, with more than 54,500 tweets in 24 hours, according to the Twitter analytic tool Topsy. Caitlyn Jenner, Ellen DeGeneres and Hillary Clinton were among those who went purple. Here’s what these women and other athletes, celebrities, journalists and politicians had to say: