Griner Named GLAAD Spirit Day Ambassador
PHOENIX- Earlier today, Phoenix Mercury center Brittney Griner was named a 2013 GLAAD Spirit Day Ambassador. Each year on October 17, millions of people celebrate “Spirit Day” by wearing purple in a stand against bullying, and to show their support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth.
“As someone who was bullied growing up, I know what it’s like to feel alone,” said Griner. “When I was younger I didn't have a role model in the sports community that I could look up to who was out openly. I hope that I can be a positive influence for today’s gay youth."
Griner is joined by transgender athlete Kye Allums, gay basketball player Jason Collins and gay WWE superstar Darren Young as 2013 GLAAD Spirit Day Ambassadors.
Seven major league sports organizations including the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA), National Basketball Association (NBA), National Football League (NFL), National Hockey League (NHL), Major League Soccer (MLS), Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) will join millions in a united stand against bullying and to show support for LGBT youth.
Spirit Day was started in 2010 as a response to the young people in the LGBT community who had taken their own lives as a result of bullying. With GLAAD’s help, Spirit Day has since garnered widespread support from celebrities, TV news and entertainment programs, corporations, organizations, schools, local communities, and even national landmarks. Today, millions wear purple on Spirit Day as a sign of support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth and to speak out against bullying. Spirit Day coincides with GLSEN’s Ally Week, as well as National Bullying Prevention Month.