Lee Thompson, the 29-year-old uncle to Here Comes Honey Boo Boo star Alana Thompson, supports Spirit Day.

Thompson, referred to on the show as Uncle Poodle, who recently publicly announced he's gay, recorded a video in support of Friday's Spirit Day, which supports efforts to combat the bullying of LGBT teens.

“Being gay in the South, people don't like it,” Thompson says in the 1-minute video released by GLAAD. “Why? You have homophobes that want to beat you and bully you and name-call you and hurt you in any kind of way.”

“Growing up as a kid, I was bullied day in and day out in school – broke ribs, dislocated jaw, cars vandalized. I've had cars vandalized to this day.”

“But I have a family that stands by me, supports me. I have a niece that's a lesbian that I love to death. I support her non-stop and I tell her it's okay to be who you are.”

“I'm wearing purple today to let every youngster and every teen know it is okay to be who you are. Don't let nobody change that,” he adds. (The video is embedded on this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)