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 Gillibrand (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.