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Jess McNamara

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Wear it Purple Day

On the last Friday of August every year we celebrate Wear It Purple Day. A day to dedicated to appreciate and raise awareness of the awesomeness of the many LGBTIQ people we have in our lives and in our communities.

Wear It Purple Day is an international day of awareness, aiming to foster safer and accepting environments for young people who identify as LGBTIQ or live within gender and sexuality diverse families.

Wear It Purple started as a grass-roots, youth-led initiative in Australian in 2010 and was developed in response to stories of bullying and harassment and its impact on teenagers. This included Tyler Clementi, who took his own life after being outed in a series of cyberbullying attacks.

Despite the many advances and supports for LGBTIQ people in Australia, violence, abuse and oppression still happening across the globe ostracising people simply for being themselves - this is never acceptable.

So to communicate the our LGBTIQ friends, family and community members, Wear It Purple on Friday 28th August to show your love and support. For more information or support around LGBTIQ issues check out the links below:

La Trobe Bendigo LGBTIQ support services:

La Trobe LGBTIQ Melbourne support services:

Here’s a link to La Trobe’s article for this year:

Additional supports for students:

QLife, a LGBTIQA+ specific phone and web-based peer support and referral service, can be contacted on 1800 184 527 or at their website.

You can also phone Lifeline 24 hours a day on 13 1114.