White House staffers on Thursday were among the elected and public officials who went purple for Spirit Day.

Spirit Day supports efforts to combat the bullying of LGBT teens. Supporters were encouraged to wear purple on Thursday. Since its inception in 2010, GLAAD has played a prominent role in promoting Spirit Day.

The White House's official Twitter account posted a photo of a sea of staffers dressed in purple on the steps of the old executive office building in Washington, D.C.

“We are all more free when we are treated as equals,” the White House captioned the photo. “Today, White House staff stand against bullying and in support of LGBTQ youth #SpiritDay.”

Secretary of the Army Eric Fanning, who is openly gay, also tweeted a message of support.

“Proud to go purple on #SpiritDay to stand up against bullying and support #LGBTQ youth,” Fanning wrote.

Representatives Mike Honda of California and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida also messaged their support.

“On #SpiritDay + every day, we should strive 2 create a safe environment w tolerance + respect 4 all,” Ros-Lehtinen tweeted.