Wear purple Friday 26 August to show your support for LGBTIQ+ young people
Wear it Purple Day is about showing LGBTIQ+ young people that they have the right to be proud of who they are. It is about creating safe spaces in schools, universities, workplaces and public spaces to show LGBTIQ+ young people that they are seen and supported.
75% of LGBTIQ+ youth will be bullied due to their gender identity, and 80% of that bullying will occur in schools – because of this, LGBTIQ+ youth are up to 12x more likely to experience depression and up to 5x more likely to experience anxiety. Wear it Purple was founded in 2010 in response to global stories of real teenagers, real heartache and their very real responses.
This year’s theme ‘STILL ME, STILL HUMAN’ encapsulates the message of humanity, honesty, integrity, and authenticity when discussing all diverse identities within the LGBTQIA+ community. We are your hospitality workers, your retail staff, your lawyers, your financial advisors, your teachers and, most importantly, your youth. We are human. It reassures us that the world is changing for the better to embrace a variety of diverse individuals and, over time, remove dehumanising stigmas surrounding LGBTQIA+ communities.
One of Wear it Purple’s priorities is to support schools to run Wear it Purple Day events to show LGBTIQ+ youth that they are supported and that they belong. Wear it Purple provides free resources to schools and supports as many as possible with guest speakers from Wear it Purple’s Youth Action Council. All donations and funds raised by Wear it Purple go to supporting LGBTIQ+ youth.Learn more about Wear it Purple Day