Friday the 26 th of August is Wear It Purple Day!
Wear It Purple Day was founded in 2010 after a number of young members of the LGBT community took their own lives as a result of bullying harassment and discrimination.
As the world heard the stories of the lives lost such as Tyler Clementi who took his own life after being publicly ‘outed’ as gay by his roommate, two young people decided to take action.
Wear It Purple Day was established by Katherine Hudson and Scott Williams to ensure young LGBT people everywhere know they have the right to be proud of who they are and to live in a world free of discrimination.
Twelve years on from the first Wear It Purple Day, the message of solidarity and acceptance of young LGBT people is still very much required.
Minus 18 found that 66% of young LGBT Australians still experience bullying based on their sexual orientation and/or gender identity.
Research has proven a clear link between discrimination and worse mental health outcomes - if we want to improve LGBT young people’s mental health, we must continue to work towards a more inclusive society.
We all have a role to play in. creating a society accepting of LGBT young people and that can begin with taking part in Wear It Purple Day!
There are a range of fun ways to get involved, from hosting an activity to promoting the day on your own social media channels. To find out more head to https://www.minus18.org.au/campaigns/wear-it-purple-day
Most importantly, don’t forget to wear purple!
To find out more about the work we do in celebrating diversity check out https://www.flourishaustralia.org.au/about/diversity-our-vision-future
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