For GLAAD’s upcoming Spirit Day, actress Betty White says to call her “Betty Purple.”
“I’m Betty White. But this October 17, you can call me Betty Purple,” the 91-year-old actress says.
She’s also recruited her “Hot in Cleaveland” co-stars Valerie Bertinelli, Jane Leeves and Wendie Malick to participate in the event.
GLAAD has been celebrating Spirit Day since 2010 asking schools, corporations, public figures and individuals to wear purple in support of LGBT youth. Within the rainbow flag, purple symbolizes “spirit.”
According to GLAAD’s page, the idea of Spirit Day started with a teenager named Brittany McMillan who “wanted to remember those young people who lost their lives to suicide and to take a stand against bullying.”
“Ultimately, I want Spirit Day to make just one person feel a little bit better about his or herself, to feel safe enough in their own skin to be proud of who they are,” McMillan said, according to GLAAD’s information page regarding the tradition.
Leeves said, “No one should be bullied or called names because of who they are.”
Celebrities like media mogul Oprah Winfrey, singer Cher, model Tyra Banks, transgender advocate Chaz Bono and TV host Ellen DeGeneres have publicly participated in the past. This year, Betty White joins Laverne Cox, Nate Berkus, Jason Collins, Britney Griner, Jenni “Jwoww” Farley, and Ke$ha as spirit ambassadors for 2013.
“And you know what the best part is? I look great in Purple,” White concluded.