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Secretary of Education Arne DuncanArne DuncanTrump administration is putting profits over students Chicago to make future plans a graduation requirement: report Top Education official resigned over dispute with DeVos: report MORE also showed his support with a twitpic of him putting on a purple tie for Spirit Day. He tweeted, “Bullying is not a rite of passage & we've got to take a stand.”

Spirit Day began in October of 2010 and is promoted by GLAAD as a means of showing support for bullied young people in response to the increasing number of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender teens who were taking their own lives. 

Other Dems going purple were Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandOPINION | Hey Dems, Russia won't define 2018, so why not fix your party's problems instead? Dems see huge field emerging to take on Trump LGBT group defends general after transgender comments MORE (N.Y.), who said in a tweet that she pledged to continue to fight for LGBT youth in the Senate. Reps. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio), Mike Quigley (D-Ill.) and Niki Tsongas (D-Mass.) also tweeted their support.

The GLAAD website urges supporters to turn their social-media profiles purple and use the hashtag #SpiritDay in hopes of getting more people to observe Spirit Day.