Ryan Lewis and Macklemore (Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images)
Macklemore and Ryan Lewis are going the extra mile to show their "Same Love" support.
The hip-hop duo that blew up in 2013 with their anthems for same-sex love and thrift store shopping have signed on as Spirit Day ambassadors with GLAAD. Spirit Day is the media watch organization's annual anti-bullying campaign that encourages millions to wear purple on October 17 to stand up against bullying and show support for young LGBT people.
Other Spirit Day participants this year include Ke$ha, Demi Lovato, Snooki and JWoww, the cast of TeenNick's "Degrassi," Betty White and the entire cast of "Hot in Cleveland," country star Kacey Musgraves, openly gay singer Mary Lambert (whose voice is featured on "Same Love"), Kelly Osbourne, out basketball players Jason Collins and Brittney Griner, WWE Superstar Darren Young, and actress/singer Zendaya.
On Friday, Elvis Duran of "Elvis Duran and the Morning Show," posted a new video in support of Spirit Day.
Earlier this week, Betty White launched this video in conjunction with Spirit Day.
And Musgraves has already started tweeting about the event:
Macklemore has been particularly vocal in his support of equality for LGBT people. The 30-year-old Seattle native has been dedicated to combating homophobia ever since hitting it big. While Macklemore certainly isn't the first or only hip-hop artist to do so, he and Lewis have used their massive mainstream success to promote LGBT equality, breaking through many barriers that have existed for three decades. Landmarks including Times Square, the New York Stock Exchange, and LAX Los Angeles International Airport will all be lit up in purple on October 17 for Spirit Day. Logos on MTV, VH1, TV Land and Logo will turn purple on air as well. Hosts including Wendy Williams, Jimmy Kimmel, the ladies of "The View," and anchors on MSNBC and CNBC will also be sporting the hue.
Demi Lovato and Ke$ha (WireImage/Getty Images)
For the third year in a row, MTV and mtvU will turn purple on air and online to celebrate Spirit Day, as will MTV's Times Square Screens. MTV's ACT Blog will feature special coverage of the day, and the first 500 people who share a purple-themed photo with MTV's "A Thin Line" campaign on Facebook or Twitter using the hashtag #SpiritDay will receive a free "A Thin Line" bracelet. The "A Thin Line" campaign, which empowers young people to help stop the spread of digital abuse, has already inspired more than one million young people to take action.
You can learn more about Spirit Day by heading over to GLAAD's Spirit Day page and taking the Spirit Day pledge.
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