Today marks a relatively young, but nonetheless important, annual event: Spirit Day, a day dedicated for standing up against bullying and supporting LGBT youth or LGBT-perceived youth.

Brittany McMillan, a Canadian high school student, started Spirit Day in 2010 in response to all the LGBT youth suicides. With the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation's (GLAAD) help, McMillan's vision has become a national observance, garnering support from Hollywood to D.C. and everyone in between.

In a post for The Huffington Post, McMillan wrote, "Don't forget to demonstrate the same attitude you have today all day, every day, for the rest of your life. Spirit Day only takes place one day out of the year, but our commitment to putting an end to bullying is everlasting."

For more information on Spirit Day and how you can support the cause, visit: Wear purple today and share your support for Spirit Day on your social networks. Take a look who's already tweeting and supporting #SpiritDay in our slideshow below.

HuffPost Gay Voices is proud to stand up against bullying, supporting our LGBT youth and joining GLAAD in its noteworthy efforts.

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  • Brittany McMillan, Founder Of Spirit Day

  • The White House

  • Ricky Martin

  • Jesse Tyler Ferguson

  • Big Bird

  • John Amaechi

  • Janet Mock

  • Margaret Cho

  • Shaq

  • LZ Granderson

  • Reba McEntire

  • Kathy Griffin

  • Sean Maher

  • Chaz Bono

  • Clinton Kelly

  • Emmy Rossum

  • Ben Cohen

  • Wendy Williams

  • Dianna Agron

  • Cyndi Lauper

  • Robin Roberts

  • Joan Rivers

  • Chely Wright

  • Arne Duncan

  • Paris Hilton

  • Ian McKellan

  • Pauley Perrette

  • Fran Drescher

  • Melissa Gorga

  • Julie Chen

  • Bernadette Peters

  • Chelsea Handler

  • Chad Michaels

  • Mike Ruiz

  • Clay Cane

  • Alec Mapa

  • Christine C. Quinn

  • Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH)

  • Darryl Stephens

  • Henry WInkler

  • Cesar Milan

  • Stephen Fry

  • Theresa Caputo

  • Avan Tudor Jogia

  • Sophia Bush


  • Samantha Giancola

  • Renee Graziano

  • Ashley Benson

  • Tamala Jones

  • Wilson Cruz