GLAAD and Kacey Musgraves Join Forces to Celebrate Spirit Day

Put on your neon cowboy hat and dust off your spurs because you might headed to see Kacey Musgraves in New York.

GLAAD has announced that your Yee Haw Queen will be honoring this year’s Spirit Day, Thursday, Oct 17, by donating two VIP seats to GLAAD to either of her sold-out concerts at Radio City Music Hall in NYC on Oct 15 or 16. By making a donation to GLAAD’s work with LGBTQ youth, fans can win two VIP tickets to Kacey’s concert and a chance to meet her backstage.

Aside from being a fierce musician, the Golden Hour girl has also been a vocal ally to the LGBTQ community, with her song “Follow Your Arrow” becoming an anthem for her queer fans. She also delivered a country disco track which Gay Twitter™ deemed the Song of the summer in 2018, and even sashayed down the runway as a guest judge on the latest season of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars. She also dedicated her song, “Rainbow,” to the LGBTQ community.

In addition to joining forces with the Grammy winner, GLAAD also announced the release of a new children’s book, Spirit Day: A Book About Spreading Joy, illustrated by Joy Yang. The latest title in an ongoing series of LGBTQ-inclusive children’s books teaches the children about the reason for Spirit Day and to stop bullying.

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“From the world’s biggest stars and athletes to local classrooms and pastors, Spirit Day has become a megaphone for allies to send a unified message of acceptance and support to LGBTQ youth each year,” says Sarah Kate Ellis, President and CEO of GLAAD, in a statement. “In today’s divisive culture and political climate, LGBTQ people and allies need to be louder than ever to outshine bullies and tell young people that they will always be supported just as they are.”

The initiative, which began in 2010 and coincides with National Bullying Prevention Month, occurs this year on Oct 17. Supporters are asked to wear purple to show their solidarity with LGBTQ youth around the country, since some 85.2% of queer youth report being verbally harassed at school—and more than 57% report feeling unsafe at school because of their sexual orientation.

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