Take action beyond your wardrobe choice

Mel Smith
Trade Union Training Officer

A day to speak up, spread the love and challenge yourself

Wear It Purple Day is scheduled for Friday August 28 to show support for rainbow young people.

Once again, many schools, organisations and tertiary institutions will be participating in Wear It Purple Day events.

Wear it Purple, a student-led, not-for-profit organisation, wants young people everywhere to know that they have the right to be proud of who they are and to know that an individual’s sex, sexuality or gender identity does not change this.

The organisation encourages people who agree with this concept to wear purple on August 28, and to being involved in other ways by:

  • speaking up: let people know why you’re wearing purple
  • spread the love: post and #wearitpurple your photos so that rainbow young people anywhere can feel the love
  • challenge yourself: think twice about how you perceive the person in front of you, and respect them for who they are
  • don’t settle: if others are disrespectful to, or about, rainbow people don’t let it slide.

With improvements in law regarding recognition and protections of people who are of diverse sex, sexuality and gender identity, many people may think that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) issues do not matter. However, Wear It Purple recognises that many young people still face discrimination (overt and underlying), bullying and may not be accepted by others simply for being who they are. As young people coming to terms with their identity, students may need support to face these challenges and being involved in Wear It Purple Day is an excellent opportunity for schools and communities to show this support.

To host an event or to find out further information visit Wear It Purple.