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Wednesday
Oct202010

Facebook Users Wear Purple, Stand Up Against Anti-LGBT 

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Purple was the color of choice on Facebook Wednesday, as millions of users showed support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender teens.

Answering the call from the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) to "wear purple on Oct. 20 for Spirit Day," Facebook fans around the world changed their status messages, created purple versions of their profile pictures, joined Facebook groups and more.

Oct. 20 was designated Spirit Day by Canadian teenager Brittany McMillan to honor the teenagers who recently committed suicide after anti-LGBT bullying online, according to GLAAD.

Rallying around the cause, several Facebook groups encouraging people to wear purple have popped on the site. One of the biggest, "R.I.P. ;; In memory of the recent suicides due to gay abuse, wear purple," has attracted more than 1.6 million attendees.

In news feeds across the site, Facebook fans from California to Canada and Vienna to Venezuela posted messages of support.

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