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Oct 20 2016
Theyyyyy're GAY!: Support #SpiritDay Comments (0)

Today is Spirit Day, a day to take a stand against the bullying of LGBT youth, a scourge that has led to the community's disproportionate suicide rate.

Wear purple to show you're with LGBT youth!

One interesting and big development, Kellogg's—for the first time ever—is going purple in support of the day.

From a press release:

Kellogg Company is partnering with the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) as an official sponsor of Spirit Day 2016 and will ‘go purple’ along with millions of Americans on October 20 to show support for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) youth and stand up to bullying.

“At Kellogg, we firmly believe in equality and inclusion in the workplace, marketplace and communities. We have long been allies and supporters of LGBTQ employees, their families and the community,” says Mark King, Chief Diversity & Inclusion Office at Kellogg Company.

As part of its commitment to Spirit Day, Kellogg will host a special Spirit Day breakfast at the Kellogg’s NYC café in Times Square inviting guests to start their day with the “Official Spirit Day Bowl,” which will be available all day at the café. Designed by chefs from Kellogg’s NYC kitchen, the “Official Spirit Day Bowl” will feature Frosted Flakes with fresh blueberries, lemon zest and blueberry jam that turns milk a delicious purple. The event also will feature special guest and America’s Got Talent finalist Brian Justin Crum, who will perform live and share his personal story about how bullying affected his life. Additionally, Kellogg and 10 of their iconic brands will proudly go purple on social media for #SpiritDay engaging with consumers live from the event and throughout the day encouraging them to share their stories. Kellogg invites people to watch a special video from their employees voicing support for GLAAD and Spirit Day’s anti-bullying message.

"We are thrilled to be partnering with Kellogg for Spirit Day to take a stand against bullying,” said Sarah Kate Ellis, GLAAD President & CEO. “When LGBTQ young people see support from a company that has been a staple in their lives for years, it sends a strong message of acceptance that truly resonates.”

Since its inception in 2010, Spirit Day has been observed annually by individuals, schools, organizations, corporations, and public figures all wearing purple to take a united stand against bullying. Founded in a response to the alarming number of young LGBTQ lives lost to suicide, Spirit Day was created to promote awareness, acceptance, and love to prevent any further tragedies.   Every year, millions of Americans and individuals across the globe go purple on Spirit Day to show their support for LGBTQ youth.  GLAAD has led the charge each year by gathering millions of people to demonstrate their support for LGBTQ youth and ensuring our next generation of leaders that they are supported and loved.