Michelle Visage, Kim Petras, Ross Mathews and More Speak Out Against LGBTQ Bullying For GLAAD Spirit Day

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Michelle Visage delivers a Spirit Day message

GLAAD has officially kicked off its countdown to Spirit Day, their annual campaign to stand in solidarity with LGBTQ youth by wearing purple or "going purple" on social media.

As part of the organization's Spirit Day campaign this year, GLAAD has recruited Michelle Visage, Ross Mathews, Kim Petras, Mj Rodriguez and Alyssa Milano to share video messages that speak on the value of supporting young LGBTQ people who have endured bullying.

“Spirit Day is a day of national importance that highlights the serious issue of bullying and its disproportionate impact on LGBTQ youth,” said GLAAD CEO & president Sarah Kate Ellis. “It also sends powerful messages of support, letting LGBTQ and other marginalized youth know that they are not alone -- something sorely needed in our culture today.”

The Spirit Day festivities will coincide again this year with Justin Tranter’s "BEYOND" concert, which featured performances from Courtney Love, Adam Lambert and Hailee Steinfeld last year. This year's concert is set to take place on Oct. 17, the day before the festival. The performers slated for the event are still unannounced.

There's still a ways to go in ensuring that LGBTQ young people are protected from bullying and discrimination in their day-to-day lives. A survey conducted by GLSEN still shows that 57.6 percent of LGBTQ students felt unsafe at school because of their sexual orientation and 43.3 percent because of their gender expression.

A range of progressive companies including Hilton, Target, Wells Fargo, Johnson & Johnson, the NBA and WNBA, Kellogg’s, Barilla, and Kirkland & Ellis have agreed to participate in the anti-bullying campaign.

Watch the video messages below: