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From White to Purple

From White to Golden to now Purple, Betty White will adopt a new color to her name, in support of Queer youth across the country.

On October 17th, Betty White will be among millions of purple supporters standing against bullying in recognition of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth on GLAAD’s annual anti-bullying campaign Spirit Day. The former Golden Girls star will participate in Spirit Day by changing her name to “Betty Purple.” The color purple symbolizes ‘spirit’ on the queer community’s rainbow flag.

White takes a stand to stop bullying in support of the LGBT youth by demonstrating that people of all ages, gender, and sexuality can make a difference, no matter their own differences. In addition to participating in spreading the awareness of Spirit Day, the 91-year-old actress is acknowledging the American youth as a whole and taking a stand against discrimination.

Betty announced her name change along side the cast of Hot In Cleveland whom are also among the millions of participants. The cast of TV Land’s hit sitcom, Betty White, Wendy Malick, Valerie Bertinelli and Jane Leeves, announced that they will be showing their support of the LGBT youth by wearing purple.

On the topic of why they are participating in the support to stop bullying,

“No one should be bullied or called names because of who they are,” said the Cast.

The soon to be “Betty Purple” will say her goodbyes to the name that she spent most of her life to gain and hello to a better tomorrow for Queer youth. As an anti-bullying advocate for the Queer youth, “Betty Purple” will represent the progression of the Queer youth community and stand as a role model for the unity of American youth as a whole in their fight to abolish discrimination.

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Lauren is a 22 year old fourth year at UCLA working towards a BA in English. She is from Newport Beach, CA and enjoys hiking, cooking and traveling in her spare time. This is her first journalistic experience as she seeks a future in journalism after graduating in Spring 2014.


  1. Arlene says

    Glad to see someone is concerned about bullying of all people. Enjoyed reading the article it was very well written. Lots of emotion and conviction on your part.

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