NATIONAL BULLYING PREVENTION MONTH
HBO and GLAAD Celebrate Spirit Day
HBO has been a longstanding supporter of the LGBTQ community, both as a company and as a network of diverse storytellers. On the morning of Thursday October 19, National Spirit Day, over 300 employees — in purple shirts with a rainbow HBO logo — gathered outside New York City headquarters to celebrate unity with the LGBTQ community and to promote an end to bullying against LGBTQ youth.
Spirit Day, which occurs every October during National Bullying Prevention, is spearheaded by GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation). HBO OUT, a resource group that promises a safe haven for LGBTQ employees, together with the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility team, helped spread awareness of GLAAD’s anti-bullying message not only to employees, but also fans by turning all HBO social media profiles purple. Those observing Spirit Day — including individuals, organizations and corporations — are encouraged to “go purple” and wear the color as a way to signify an alliance against bullying.
CEO Richard Plepler joined his employees to proclaim his excitement and pride of HBO’s ongoing partnership with GLAAD.
“Unless we hold each other up and root for each other, cheer for each other and push us forward, we can’t continue to succeed.”
“The core values of HBO have always been what the core values of HBO are today,” he said. “Let’s keep those core values moving forward, through all the fundamental instincts that have guided the company from the beginning: manners, respect, integrity and an understanding that unless we hold each other up and root for each other, cheer for each other and push us forward, we can’t continue to succeed.”
Learn more about Spirit Day, GLAAD and the not-for-profit’s mission.