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Laverne Cox, Halsey, And More Go Purple For Spirit Day

Hey, Law and Order: SVU star Christopher Meloni, what day is it today?

Spirit Day? What’s that?

Basically! In case you missed the memo, Thursday marked Spirit Day, a day when people wear purple online and irl to signal their support for LGBTQ youth and their opposition to bullying.

According to GLAAD, more than half of all LGBTQ students feel unsafe in their schools and a super troubling 85.2% have been verbally harassed at school. About two-thirds have even heard homophobic remarks from their teachers and other school staff, so seeing this kind of very clear and direct show of support probably goes a long way in a shitty middle or high school environment.

Daddy Meloni wasn’t the only famous person to use his platform to show his support for LGBTQ kids. Ava DuVernay, Laverne Cox, the cast of Will & Grace, and more joined in, too. Check out a bunch of them below.

Join me and take a stand against bullying! Take the pledge to go purple today. #SpiritDay #PrideNBCU

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Join me and go purple 💜 and take a stand against bullying for #SpiritDay. Stand up for LGBT youth and #ChooseKindness

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Join me in going purple for #SpiritDay to support LGBTQ youth. Go purple here: http://glaad.org/spiritday

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Thank you, TV dragon!