In this photo provided by the United Nations, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon arrives for a press briefing wearing a purple tie in recognition of "Spirit Day" on Oct. 16, 2014 at the U.N. headquarters.
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Politicians go purple to stamp out bullying on Spirit Day

To mark Spirit Day, politicians from around the country wore purple on Thursday as a visible sign of their support for LGBT youth.

From House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer to Sen. Dianne Feinstein to Texas gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis, dozens of politicians painted shades of purple across their social media accounts, and they made it clear to bullies that they’re behavior wouldn’t be tolerated.

Related: #SpiritDay Twitter Chat with Thomas Roberts and GLAAD

Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy showed his pride all the way from the Balkans, where he tweeted out a photo of himself in a purple tie alongside Montenegro Amb. Sue Brown.

“No one should be bullied, harassed, or discriminated against based on who they love,” he wrote.

Created by a high schooler in 2010 in the wakes of the high-profile suicides of Tyler Clementi and several LGBT youth and sponsored by GLAAD, Spirit Day has become a national movement that reaches millions across the country.

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Politicians go purple to stamp out bullying on Spirit Day