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 GillibrandOvernight Tech: TV box plan faces crucial vote | Trump transition team to meet tech groups | Growing scrutiny of Yahoo security Overnight Finance: McConnell offers 'clean' funding bill | Dems pan proposal | Flint aid, internet measure not included | More heat for Wells Fargo | New concerns on investor visas Senate Dems call for investigation into Wells Fargo's wage practices 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.