Openly gay stars Lance Bass, Wilson Cruz and Ricky Martin were among the celebrities participating in Wednesday's Spirit Day.

People were urged to wear purple and turn their Twitter and Facebook profiles purple to remember gay teens who have been bullied to death.

The event had a big splash on the small screen, with hosts of CNBC, E! News, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Joy Behar Show, MSNBC, The Talk, The Today Show and The View all participating by wearing purple on the air.

“By wearing purple online and offline today, millions of Americans are sending an important message to let gay and lesbian youth know that they are supported for being exactly who they are,” Jarrett Barrios, president of GLAAD, said in a statement.

Openly gay stars also showed their support, including singer Clay Aiken, former 'NSYNC star Lance Bass, actor Wilson Cruz, celebrity blogger Perez Hilton, pop star Ricky Martin, Real L Word creator Ilene Chaiken and country music star Chely Wright.

Fort Worth councilman Joel Burns joined Ellen DeGeneres in wearing purple during an appearance on her talk show. A video of Burns' emotional speech to his fellow lawmakers on gay teens committing suicide has gone viral.

Jill Zarin, star of Bravo's Real Housewives of New York City, said she participated because “No child should be the victim of bullying, and as parents, we need to teach our children that everyone deserves to be accepted for who they are.”