News Round-Up: October 18, 2017

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Some news items you might have missed:

• Ignacio Pérez Rey (above) ain’t afraid of no Hump Day.

• A disbarred former anti-LGBT Michigan assistant attorney general who terrorized an openly gay student at the University of Michigan says he wants his law license back because this is now Trump Nation: “With Donald Trump now in the White House, conservative Christians like me will no longer tolerate being railroaded by the liberal elite.”

• Democrat Doug Jones has (barely) taken the lead in the upcoming special election race for U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ former U.S. Senate seat. Fox News puts the Dem one point ahead of anti-LGBT GOP candidate Roy Moore 46%-45%.

• The Defense Department has issued orders that no green card holders may enlist in the Army effective immediately. This is contrary to federal law which states any “alien who is lawfully admitted for permanent residence” may be enlisted in “any armed force.” #ThingsThatMakeYouGoHmm

• According to a new Morning Consult/Politico poll, 46% of those surveyed agree with Donald Trump that the mainstream media makes up “fake news” about Donald Trump. I disagree – I know many major news reporters and producers and they care about their reputations as professionals too much to lie just for a quick click.

• Watch below as Kellogg characters Tony the Tiger, Ernie Keebler and more share an important tomorrow’s Spirit Day message, encouraging everyone to speak out against bullying.

Spirit Day 2016

Spirit Day began in 2010 as a way to show support for LGBTQ youth and take a stand against bullying. Following a string of high-profile suicide deaths of gay teens in 2010, GLAAD worked to involve millions of teachers, workplaces, celebrities, media outlets and students in going purple on social media or wearing purple, a color that symbolizes spirit on the rainbow flag.

Spirit Day now occurs every year on the third Thursday in October, during National Bullying Prevention Month, and has become the most visible day of support for LGBTQ youth.

This year GLAAD will celebrate Spirit Day on October 20 where we will all stand together; communities, corporations, celebrities, landmarks, faith groups, sports leagues, schools and so much more, to send a message of solidarity and acceptance to LGBTQ youth.

An amazing teenager, Brittany McMillan, wanted to remember those young people who lost their lives to suicide and to take a stand against bullying.

Students, schools, organizations, corporations, media professionals, celebrities, parents and many more. Everyone from Oprah to Cher to Facebook and MTV have gone purple for Spirit Day. Even the White House has joined the cause!

So, click over to GLAAD, change your pic to purple and get your grape on today remembering how we need to stand up to bullying.

Hillary Clinton Goes Purple For Spirit Day

Current Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton went purple today on Twitter in honor of Spirit Day.

Spirit Day began in 2010 as a way to show support for LGBT youth and take a stand against bullying.

After several high-profile suicide deaths of gay teens in 2010, GLAAD worked to involve millions of teachers, workplaces, celebrities, media outlets and students in going purple on social media or wearing purple, a color that symbolizes spirit on the rainbow flag.

Spirit Day is observed on the third Thursday in October. So, get out your purple and support efforts to end bullying of young LGBTs!

More info on Spirit Day over at GLAAD’s website.

October 15 Is Spirit Day!

From Harold Moss, Creative Director at FlickerLab, who created the video here.

I was thrilled when GLAAD approached me to make a short animation to get the word out about Spirit Day 2015, the day when millions of people around the world will wear purple to stand up against bullying of LGBT youth. This is an issue that hits very close to home for me.

I had too many of my own experiences with bullying growing up, although they grew more out of the general odd-ballness that creates animators rather than my sexual identity. For a couple of years, I was the kid with a special seat on the bus so I wouldn’t get beat up every day.

Bullying creates real despair and desperation. It can take a lot of years to shake it off. And some kids don’t make it that far. Layer on top of that someone trying to figure out their sexuality, and the fact that teachers and family might actually be part of the bullying, and it gets pretty grim. That’s why standing up to this kind of bullying is so vital for everyone to do, every day.

But it’s also incredibly important that the folks who are getting bullied know they’re not alone in this. That sense of isolation and helplessness can, I think, be the worst part of it.

That’s why Spirit Day is such a big deal, it makes the support visible. Let’s all give a big purple shout out to everybody facing this kind of bullying and say, we got your back. We’re with you.

I can only hope this short animation we created will get that word out to a few more people, and help Spirit Day make a bit more of a difference.

Now go take the pledge, y’all!

Spirit Day is October 15th – make sure you wear your purple and take the pledge!

To take the pledge, click here.

Go Purple For Spirit Day 2014

Don’t forget to wear purple today, kids, in honor of Spirit Day 2014!

Whether you are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender or an LGBT ally – this is a great way to show your support for ending bullying.

Millions go purple on Spirit Day in a stand against bullying and to show their support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth. Observed annually since 2010, individuals, schools, organizations, corporations, and public figures wear purple, which symbolizes ‘spirit’ on the rainbow flag.

For more info, head over to GLAAD.

Empire State Building Goes Purple For Spirit Day – October 16th

Emmy-nominated actress Laverne Cox will have the honor of lighting up the Empire State Building in purple to recognize GLAAD’s annual anti-bullying Spirit Day.

Spirit Day, which will take place on October 16, inspires millions to wear purple or “go purple” online in a united stand against bullying and to show their support for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth.

Each year, Spirit Day draws the participation of celebrities, corporations, media outlets, sports leagues, schools, faith institutions, national landmarks, and individuals.

Spirit Day is made possible by the generous support of its national partners PepsiCo and Wells Fargo, as well as official partners Comcast-NBCUniversal and Google, and supporting partner American Eagle Outfitters.

“By recognizing National Bullying Prevention Month and lighting in purple for Spirit Day, the world’s most famous office building is supporting countless kids across the world,” said GLAAD President & CEO Sarah Kate Ellis. “At a time when eight in 10 LGBT youth are harassed at school, it’s critical that we let them know it’s okay to be who you are.”

(via press release)

Cast of Hot In Cleveland goes purple for Spirit Day

Stand against bullying and support LGBT youth for Spirit Day on October 17th.

Millions wear purple on Spirit Day in a stand against bullying and to show their support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth. Observed annually since 2010, individuals, schools, organizations, corporations, and public figures wear purple, which symbolizes ‘spirit’ on the rainbow flag.

Getting involved is easy: Wear purple or go purple online on October 17th and help create a world in which LGBT youth are celebrated and accepted for who they are.
For more information about Spirit Day, head over to Glaad.org/spiritday now.

And don’t forget to wear purple and go purple online on October 17th!