New York City’s iconic Empire State Building is often dazzled in colored lights to commemorate special occasions. And next week, actress and activist Laverne Cox will symbolically light the building purple for LGBT youth.
October 16 is GLAAD’s annual Spirit Day, a day in which LGBT advocates wear purple in solidarity with LGBT youth who face bullying. October is also Bullying Prevention Month and LGBT History Month. This is reportedly the first time the Empire State will go purple for Spirit Day.
“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,” GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis said in a statement. “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.”
The New York Stock Exchange, NASDAQ and screens in Times Square will also reportedly “go purple” in honor of Spirit Day. Cox will also be joined in lighting the Empire State Building by a number of transgender youth featured in the upcoming MTV documentary “Laverne Cox Presents: The T Word,” airing on Oct. 17. Head here to learn more.
I don’t know if I could love this any more. An amazing Spirit Day it shall be.