By Tiffany Pizzuto
Here at TAFE Ultimo, nationwide and across the globe, Wear it Purple Day will be celebrated this Friday, August 26. Wear It Purple day is an annual day for the community – LGBTQIA+ people and straight allies – to raise awareness, celebrate diversity and advocate for LGBTQIA+ youth.
So, this Friday we are encouraging students, teachers and peers to get their purple on, whether it’s just a scrunchie, badge or hat!
The Significance of Wear It Purple?
The organisation was founded in 2010 in response to the young lives lost to suicide after bullying, harassment and lack of acceptance regarding sexuality or gender identity. Wear It Purple aims to create inclusive experiences for LGBTQIA+ people, acknowledge their stories and foster an empowering, harmonious and safe environment.
Wear It Purple continuously works to support the LGBTQIA+ youth community outside of Wear It Purple Day with ongoing fundraising, support and resources. It is also a platform where the community can share their stories on their blog via email@example.com
Stories are shared by LGBTQIA+ teens and youth with genuine perspectives regarding current issues, creative works, history, representation and film.
Where can I get involved?
Keep an eye out for fun events local to you to take part in!
Word around is that an amazing free film screening event is scheduled for Friday, August 26, 7pm, @ Event Cinemas George Street – ‘Still Me on Screen’ featuring queer films by queer film makers, with a Live Q&A.
- Hashtag #wearitpurple and share your experiences, stories and purple fit via social media to show your support
- Encourage open, supportive conversations and embrace each other’s experiences!
- Get in touch with the Wear It Purple team, check out events near you to attend or volunteer at Wear It Purple.