Today (October 20) is “Spirit Day” and Adam Lambert took to his official Twitter to show his support and spread the message. Spirit Day is observed to show support for LGBT youth and this morning Adam tweeted, Glaad Spirit Day! I support LBGT youth against bullies! Put up your forcefields and don’t let anyone take your energy!! According to GLAAD,
“Spirit Day was started in 2010 by teenager Brittany McMillan as a response to the young people who had taken their own lives. Observed annually on October 20, individuals, schools, organizations, corporations, media professionals and celebrities wear purple, which symbolizes spirit on the rainbow flag.”
It looks like Adam may have some purple on today, as he was spotted wearing a plaid shirt with what might be purplish colors this morning at a Starbucks. But even if he’s not wearing purple today, Adam has done a lot lately for the gay rights cause. Besides speaking up for gay rights many times, he made an “It Gets Better” video and donated proceeds from one of his singles to The Trevor Project. He was recognized for his efforts a couple of months ago, when honored by Equality California with the “Equality Idol Award.”
Not only does Adam show spirit for the cause, but his mother does as well. In related news, today a video of an interview with Adam’s mom Leila was posted by The Advocate in which she talks about gay rights. Leila shared her experience of Adam coming out as a teenager, and how she has been active lately in support of the LGBT community. In the interview, she also spoke about working with Friend Factor, an organization which Adam has shown support for in the past. Friend Factor is a social networking organization in which friends come together to stand up for their gay friends’ rights. They initiated a Twitter campaign recently for National Coming Out Day, in which Adam participated. In addition, both Adam and Leila were recently honored with awards by PFLAG. Adam was honored for using his “authentic voice” to speak out for gay rights and they presented Leila with the award for the support of her gay son.
What have you done to show support for Spirit Day?
Â© Renee Snyder 2011