The ladies of "The View" each wore an item of purple clothing today to denounce the recent rash of anti-gay bullying incidents that resulted in the suicides of at least five teenage boys since July.
Co-host Whoopi Goldberg, sporting purple shoes, called Oct. 20 "Spirit Day" and explained that it was intended "to honor young people who have been victims of anti-gay bullying." Co-hosts Joy Behar and Sherri Shepherd wore purple blouses; Elisabeth Hasselbeck donned a purple scarf.
Spirit Day was created earlier this month by teenager Brittany McMillan, in an effort to encourage fellow LGBT allies to "rally together" against anti-gay bullying in schools. The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) took up the Spirit Day initiative, urging everyone to wear purple on Oct. 20 to show support for LGBT teens who struggle for acceptance. The color purple symbolizes "spirit" on the LGBT rainbow flag.
According to the GLAAD website, "Spirit Day honors the teenagers who had taken their own lives in recent weeks. But just as importantly, it's also a way to show the hundreds of thousands of LGBT youth who face the same pressures and bullying, that there is a vast community of people who support them."
"View" co-host Hasselbeck called it "an incredible cause."