White House, Dems 'go purple' for Spirit Day

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Secretary of Education Arne DuncanArne DuncanThe opt-out movement and the coddling epidemic Senate approves Obama education chief This week: Flint aid, immigration top agenda 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 GillibrandCarter pledges probe of sex assault testimony This week: Congress on track to miss Puerto Rico deadline Maryland Senate primary intensifies 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.







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