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Celebrities show support for anti-bullying day

Mariah Carey leads a host of stars who have thrown their support behind a gay rights charity's annual anti-bullying day.

The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation's (GLAAD) Spirit Day encourages supporters to wear purple to raise awareness about homophobic bullying in youth.


Carey backed the drive on Twitter.com, writing, "'Dreams are hard to follow, but don't let anyone tear them away'. Stand against bullying! #SpiritDay".


Debra Messing, Don Cheadle, Ricky Martin and LeAnn Rimes have also posted messages on the microblogging site to show their support for Spirit Day on Thursday (16Oct14).


Transgender Orange is the New Black star, Laverne Cox, also agreed to turn on purple lights at the Empire State Building in New York on Spirit Day.