Windy City Media Group Frontpage News Home
CELEBRATING 28+ YEARS OF Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender NEWS

Search Gay News Articles
Advanced Search
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2014-10-22
Download Issue
  News Index       Archives   About WCMG    Publications    Bars & Clubs     Calendar   Videos   Advertisers    OUT! Guide    Classifieds   AIDS @ 32
 Local | National | World | Politics | Obits | Profiles | Views | Entertainment | Theater | Dance | Music | Film | Art | Books | TV/Gossip
 Travel | History | Marriage | Youth | Trans | Lesbian | Celebrations | Food | Nightlife | Sports | Health | Real Estate | Autos | Pets | Crime

NUNN ON ONE: TELEVISION Macy Gray shows us 'The Way' NUNN ON ONE: TELEVISION
Macy Gray
shows us 'The Way'
The raspy-voiced pop singer Macy Gray continues to dance to the beat ...

Browse Gay News Index   Browse Gay News Archives
  Windy City Times

Major leagues go purple for LGBT youth on Spirit Day Oct. 17
From a press release
2013-10-15

facebook twitter del.icio.us stumble upon digg google +1 reddit email


Spirit Day, Oct. 17, 2013: Major League Baseball ( MLB ), Major League Soccer ( MLS ), National Basketball Association ( NBA ) & Women's National Basketball Association ( WNBA ), National Football League ( NFL ), National Hockey League ( NHL ), Ultimate Fighting Championship ( UFC ), World Wrestling Entertainment ( WWE ) show support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender ( LGBT ) youth

Openly LGBT athletes Kye Allums, Jason Collins, Brittney Griner, and WWE Superstar Darren Young among 2013 Spirit Day Ambassadors

New York, NY, Oct. 15, 2013 - Major League Baseball ( MLB ), Major League Soccer ( MLS ), National Basketball Association ( NBA ) & Women's National Basketball Association ( WNBA ), National Football League ( NFL ), National Hockey League ( NHL ), Ultimate Fighting Championship ( UFC ), and World Wrestling Entertainment ( WWE ) will join millions of people in 'going purple' for Spirit Day on October 17 in a united stand against bullying and to show support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender ( LGBT ) youth, GLAAD announced today.

Sports leagues and entertainment organizations will be sharing information about Spirit Day on social media, including official Facebook and Twitter accounts. This is the second consecutive year that each has participated.

For more information on Spirit Day and to go purple on October 17 or participate on social media, visit glaad.org/spiritday. Each year, GLAAD organizes hundreds of celebrities, entertainment organizations, brands, landmarks, sports leagues, faith groups, school districts, colleges and universities to speak out in support of LGBT youth on Spirit Day.

Transgender athlete Kye Allums, out basketball players Jason Collins and Brittney Griner, and out WWE Superstar Darren Young will serve as Spirit Day Ambassadors, it was also announced. Athlete Ally and the You Can Play Project will also participate as part of their work to end homophobia and transphobia in sports.

"By coming together to support LGBT youth, American sports leagues are sending a clear message to fans everywhere: homophobia has no place in the game," said GLAAD spokesperson Wilson Cruz. "Whether on the field, in the locker room, or cheering from the stands it's clear that LGBT people are essential to the sports community."

"The You Can Play Project proudly recognizes Spirit Day as a time for everyone to stand in solidarity with LGBT youth to fight against bullying and other forms of discrimination and to celebrate their courage and strength," said Wade Davis, Executive Director of the You Can Play Project and an openly gay, former NFL player.

GLAAD previously announced that Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, MTV talent including Ke$ha, Nicole 'Snooki' Polizzi and Jenni 'JWOWW' Farley, Nev Schulman and Max Joseph from 'Catfish: The TV Show'; the cast of TeenNick's 'Degrassi'; celebrity radio host Elvis Duran; 12 year-old transgender advocate Jazz; Archie Comics' Kevin Keller; Extra Host Maria Menounos; country music artist Kacey Musgraves, and Spanish-language talk show host Cristina Saralegui will serve as Spirit Day ambassadors, who are participating and speaking out against bullying.

News anchors and hosts from Access Hollywood, CNBC, Extra, Jimmy Kimmel Live, MSNBC, Telemundo, The Talk, The View, Watch What Happens Live, the Wendy Williams Show, and more will be wearing purple on-air for Spirit Day.

Additional Spirit Day participants include the stars of TV Land's 'Hot in Cleveland,' Valerie Bertinelli, Jane Leeves, Wendie Malick and Betty White. They will be joined by: Tatyana Ali, Brendon Ayanbadejo, Kristen Bell, Nate Berkus, Sarah Brightman, Nick Cannon, Laverne Cox, Aviva Drescher, Dr. Drew, Melissa Etheridge, Nicola Foti, Steve Grand, Shenae Grimes & Josh Beech, Dot Marie Jones, Mary Lambert, Demi Lovato, Loni Love, Holly Madison, Lori Michaels, Isaac Mizrahi, Stephanie Nogueras, Suze Orman, Eric Petersen, Mary Povich, Sara Rue, Doreen Taylor, Jordan Todosey, Davey Wavey, Nick Wechsler, Betty Who and Zendaya. More names to be announced.

Participating national landmarks include Las Vegas' Fremont Street Experience, the LAX pylon lights, the New York Stock Exchange, and Times Square, including billboards at American Eagle Outfitters, MTV, NASDAQ, and the Thomson Reuters building. Out country music star Steve Grand will play a free concert at Las Vegas' iconic Fremont Street Experience.

VH1, TV Land and Logo will turn on-air logos purple in recognition of Spirit Day. For the third year in a row, MTV and mtvU will turn purple on-air and online to celebrate Spirit Day, as will MTV's Times Square Screens. MTV's ACT Blog, which will also "go purple," will feature special coverage of the day, and the first 500 people who share a purple-themed photo with MTV's "A Thin Line" campaign on Facebook or Twitter using the hashtag #SpiritDay will receive a free "A Thin Line" bracelet. The "A Thin Line" campaign, which empowers young people to help stop the spread of digital abuse, has already inspired more than 1.5 million young people to take action.

Elvis Duran and the Morning Show are encouraging listeners in over 70 markets, as well as celebrity guests to go purple for Spirit Day. The Elvis Duran and the Morning Show will turn its official Facebook and Twitter profile photos purple. Additionally, the ElvisDuran.com store ( store.elvisduran.com/ ) is featuring a purple 'Spirit Day T-Shirt,' with all proceeds benefitting GLAAD's. The Elvis Duran and The Morning Show pledge video can be found here.

Clear Channel Media and Entertainment this week debuted the 'Spirit Day Radio' station on its iHeartRadio digital music platform ( www.iheart.com/original/Spirit-Day ), featuring recording artists that have participated or will participate in Spirit Day to stand up against bullying. Featured artists include Ke$ha, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Demi Lovato, Cher, Cyndi Lauper, Frank Ocean, Adam Lambert, Melissa Etheridge, and more. Additionally, Clear Channel Media and Entertainment will share its support for Spirit Day online through the iHeartRadio Facebook and Twitter channels.

American Apparel this week launched an exclusive Spirit Day Store online, offering Spirit Day supporters a 10% discount on select purple items, with an additional 10% of 'purple proceeds' benefitting GLAAD's work to build support for equality.

Brands including The Coca-Cola Company, and Johnson & Johnson will turn logos purple on social media. Additional corporate participants include ABC Family, Atelier lb, American Airlines, American Apparel, American Eagle Outfitters, AT&T, BNP Paribas, Brown-Forman, B|W|R| Public Relations, Caesars, CBS, Chambord, The Coca-Cola Company, Comcast / NBCUniversal, Cresa, Delta Air Lines, Depository Trust & Clearing Company, Disney, Facebook, Hyatt, Iden Consultoria, Infiniti Graphics, Johnson & Johnson, Kaplan Thaler, Ketel One, Leo Burnett, Los Angeles International Airport, MSLGroup, MTV, PepsiCo, Publicis Groupe, Publicis Healthcare Communications Group, PwC, Razorfish, Rock On Rentals, Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, SoCal Social Club, Starcom, Stokes Counseling Services, Telemundo, Thomson-Reuters Corporation, Tumblr, Toyota Financial Services, United Airlines, Verizon, Wells Fargo, Westfield Group, ZenithOptimedia, ZipCar will also participate in Spirit Day. Participating companies will distribute information to employees about wearing purple and/or turn their logo purple on October 17.

Westfield Group, one of the world's largest shopping center portfolios around the world, is hosting Spirit Day photo booths in select Los Angeles locations. Westfiled will turn more than 37 of their websites purple and unveil a Spirit Day photo installation at Westfield Culver City on Spirit Day.

Faith organizations such as Auburn Seminary, Believe Out Loud, DignityUSA, Equally Blessed, Fortunate Families, the Metropolitan Community Churches, More Light Presbyterians, The Naming Project, New Ways Ministry, Presbyterian Welcome, Reconciling Works: Lutherans for Full Participation, The Religious Institute, Inc., and SOJOURN: Southern Jewish Resource Network for Gender and Sexual Diversity are all going purple for Spirit Day, encouraging congregations and members to go purple. Several congregations are planning special commemorations or events for Spirit Day.

Local, national, and international organizations including 17-24-30 No To Hate Crime Campaign; Basic Rights Oregon; The Ben Cohen Stand Up Foundation; Bienestar; Campus Pride; Cape Town Pride; Center for AIDS Prevention Studies | Mpowerment; Centerlink; Circle of Voices; City of Riverside Human Relations Commission; CoaliciÃ"n por los Derechos Humanos; The DC Center for the LGBT Community; Equality Maryland; Equality Ohio; Fair Wisconsin; Family Equality; Forum For Equality; Friendfactor; Gay Men of African Descent; Georgia Equality; Georgia Safe Schools Coalition; GLAD; GLAAD; Global Faith & Justice Project; Groundspark; GLSEN; Halifax Pride; The Handsome Father; The Hetrick-Martin Institute; The Human Rights Campaign; It Gets Better; Illumenate Bloomington; The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center; LGBT Center of Central PA; LGBTQ Center of the Finger Lakes; Missouri GSA Network; The Montrose Center; National Women's Coalition Against Violence & Exploitation; Oasis Youth Center; One Iowa; PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center; Palm Beach County Human Rights Council; PFLAG National; Phoenix Pride; Point Foundation; PROMO Missouri; The Q Center; Q Center; QMUNITY Gab Youth/Trans Youth Drop-In; SAGE; Santa Fe Mountain Center ( NM Gay Straight Alliance Network ); San Jose Pride; Stonewall National Education Project; Straight But Not Narrow; Sunserve; Sylvia Rivera Law Project; Team Todd; Tennessee Equality Project; Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund; The Trevor Project; True Colors Fund; We Are Family will all participate by wearing purple on October 17, turning their social media channels purple, and encouraging members to participate.

For a complete list of celebrity participants, media outlets, TV networks, organizations and corporations visit glaad.org/spiritday. Additional participants to be announced.

Each year school districts, high school gay-straight alliances, colleges and universities also participate. For a list please visit:http://www.glaad.org/spiritday/schools

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. With GLAAD's help, Spirit Day has since garnered widespread support from celebrities, TV news and entertainment programs, corporations, organizations, schools, local communities, and even national landmarks. Spirit Day coincides with GLSEN's Ally Week, as well as National Bullying Prevention Month.

According to GLSEN's 2011 National School Climate Survey, 63.5% of LGBT students reported feeling unsafe at school because of their sexual orientation, 43.9% because of their gender expression. GLSEN also reported that 81.9% of LGBT students report being verbally harassed because of their sexual orientation, and 27.1% because of their gender expression.

Previous Spirit Day participants include The White House, Oprah Winfrey, Ellen DeGeneres, Cher, Shaquille O'Neal, The View, The Talk, The Tonight Show, Extra, the NBA, the NFL, Major League Baseball, NASCAR, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, the Las Vegas Strip, and more. For more information, visit http://glaad.org/spiritday


facebook twitter del.icio.us stumble upon digg google +1 reddit email




Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily
agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here.
Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you
stay on this page, the more you help us.

Johnny Weir: Bringing the 'Love' in new documentary 2014-10-22
Chicago doctor, 75, cellist, traveler, marathon runner 2014-10-21
Michael Sam waived from Cowboys squad 2014-10-21
Cubs break ground on expansion 2014-10-13
LGBT athletes: making an impact on and off the field 2014-10-08
Proud to Run opens applications for 2015 beneficiaries 2014-10-08
WSGA thrives after more than 40 years in the gay community 2014-10-08
Local flag-football teams look to shine in Gay Bowl XIV 2014-10-01
CMSA preps for inaugural Capture The Flag tournament 2014-09-24
IOC adds anti-discrimination clause to Olympic host city contract 2014-09-24
Billie Jean King takes fair shot at equality at CFW luncheon 2014-09-24
Proud to Run seeks beneficiaries; Bucs host LGBT tailgate 2014-09-24
Tom Daley's gig; man convicted of drinking Baileys 2014-09-23
Two Chicago teams set for ASANA World Series in Las Vegas 2014-09-18
Proud to Run opens applications for 2015 beneficiaries 2014-09-17
SPORTS NOTES Appearances, performances, games 2014-09-17
Thousands run, walk to fight HIV/AIDS 2014-09-14
Sky lose to Phoenix in WNBA finals 2014-09-12
Women's Film; Martina proposes; Sky finals; AIDS Run, Walk 2014-09-09
Chicago Sky to face the Phoenix Mercury in 2014 WNBA finals 2014-09-03
Chicago teams optimistic heading into Gay Softball World Series 2014-09-03
Dallas Cowboys sign Michael Sam to practice squad 2014-09-03
SPORTS EVENTS AIDS Run; Race Judicata, tennis tournament 2014-09-03
Michael Sam could become a member of the Dallas Cowboys 2014-09-02
Chicago Sky wins double OT thriller; deciding game Wednesday 2014-09-01
Sam cut by St. Louis was strictly 'a football decision' 2014-08-30
FGG co-president opens up on Gay Games past, present, future 2014-08-27
Sky to Face the Indiana in WNBA Eastern Finals 2014-08-27
Chicago Dragons competing for Bingham Cup in Australia 2014-08-21
Chicagoan captures bodybuilding gold medal at Gay Games 9 2014-08-20
'Epic Fail Challenge 5K' Aug. 23 at Soldier Field 2014-08-19
Spurs hire NBA's first women assistant coach 2014-08-19
NBA referee weds partner 2014-08-19
WNBA players Griner, Johnson engaged 2014-08-16
Chicagoans celebrate gold and more at Gay Games 9 2014-08-15
Chicago Rowing Union wins gold at Gay Games 9 2014-08-15
Greg Louganis helps kick off Gay Games Opening Day 2014-08-14
Arizona State football player comes out as gay 2014-08-14
Gay-rights activist receives baseball award 2014-08-13
Michael Sam debuts in NFL 2014-08-12





Copyright © 2014 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 

 

 



 

Sophia Bush on 'Chicago P.D.' and being an LGBT ally
 
Aon, KPMG hold pro-LGBT event
 
Dining news: "Dinner Party" Oct. 27; Cicchetti closes
 
BENT NIGHTS Xina Xurner;'Shame That Tune'; Asgeir
 
Cumberbatch on OUT cover; lesbian pundit canned
 
Windy City Times Current DownloadNightspots Current DownloadQueercast Current Download
Windy City Media Group BlogsJoin Our Email List!Donate Now



  News Index       Archives   About WCMG    Publications    Bars & Clubs     Calendar   Videos   Advertisers    OUT! Guide    Classifieds   AIDS @ 32
 Local | National | World | Politics | Obits | Profiles | Views | Entertainment | Theater | Dance | Music | Film | Art | Books | TV/Gossip
 Travel | History | Marriage | Youth | Trans | Lesbian | Celebrations | Food | Nightlife | Sports | Health | Real Estate | Autos | Pets | Crime



About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Subscriptions      Distribution      Windy City Queercast     
Queercast Archives      Advertising  Rates      Deadlines      Advanced Search     
Press  Releases      Event Photos      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Post an Event      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Blogs      Spotlight  Video      News Videos      Nightspots Videos      Entertainment Videos      Queercast Videos      Comedy Videos     
Classifieds      Real Estate      Place a  Classified     

Windy City Media Group produces Windy City Queercast, & publishes Windy City Times,
The Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community,
Nightspots, Out! Resource Guide, and Identity.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.