Spirit Day Gallery: 50 Ways Of Feeling Smokin’ Hot In Purple

Today is Spirit Day, a GLAAD-sponsored situation via which millions of human beings wear purple to show their solidarity with LGBT teens and their desire for LGBT teens to be accepted/loved rather than beat up, teased and destroyed. You can learn more and go purple on the glaad website:

Millions wear purple on Spirit Day as a sign of support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth and to speak out against bullying. Spirit Day was started in 2010 as a response to the young people who had taken their own lives. Observed annually, individuals, schools, organizations, corporations, media professionals and celebrities wear purple, which symbolizes spirit on the rainbow flag. Getting involved is easy — participants are asked to simply “go purple” on October 19th as we work to create a world in which LGBT teens are celebrated and accepted for who they are. Learn more & go purple at www.glaad.org/spiritday.

Especially heartwarming is the Spirit Day Ambassadors Page, which features young activists like Katy Butler as well as high-profile and very attractive celebrities including actress Dianna Agron, transgender writer/activist Janet Mock and actress Shay Mitchell.

In honor of this esteemed holiday, we have collected a lovely gallery of hot girls wearing purple in some capacity. Perhaps this will provide you with fashion inspiration for anybody planning on leaving the house today. (A * next to a photo caption means the subject(s) of the photo are queer)

We’ve gone purple on our twitter today and you should too. Let us know how your Spirit Day is going and how you feel about Whitney Houston’s amazing purple puffy jacket in the comments!!


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  1. holy hotness in a beanie, second row from bottom – middle pic.

    I would hug her for any cause of her choosing, any day, in any color.

  2. I’m a manager at AMC theatres and they’re letting everyone wear purple today I’m so happy! And now I’m even happier because of this gallery

    Rachel Maddow!!!!!!
    NAYA RIVERA!!!!!!!!!

    I’m wearing purple!!!!

  4. #12: lower back dimples get me EVERY TIME. Then you sandwiched Rachel Maddow between Naya Rivera and Sarah Shahi. And I’ve been wearing my purple bandana from A-Camp around my wrist all day. Spirit Day is in full swing.

  5. And since we all appreciate Melissa Harris-Perry, I wanted to note that she tweeted a picture of her, and I think it was staff from her show, wearing purple today

  6. whitney houston, diana ross AND…wait…wait…no Beyoncé?

    i just…feel so oppressed.

    (no seriously i love this whole gallery. every once in awhile Bey needs to sit back and let others shine.)

  7. also, Number 16 – i’d ride that chick and her whip til the wheels fell off and she was having my baby.

  8. Seriously!?! You have Shay, Jasika (ASTRID!), JBeals, and Sarah in this gallery! That makes you the most important person in my world, because you have amazing taste! The other ladies are great too, but you picked some of my favorites!

  9. Purple is my favorite color to wear, which is why I chose it for the photo set that my pic in this gallery was chosen from. Awesome.

  10. 31/50 is Kelly Osbourne, I’m about 99% certain (the tats)

    But on another note, I can’t even…too hot.

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