Wear something purple on Friday 7 September to raise awareness and show your support for LGBT teens in crisis.
The annual Wear it Purple Day calls on people to show that they respect at-risk young people just as they are, and to stand up against bullying based on sexuality and gender diversity.
Watch the official Wear it Purple Day 2012 video below.
“Wear it Purple seeks to empower young people to be proud of who they are,” says the day’s spokesperson Jayde Ellis.
“We want to see a world that is safe for all people, where they feel respected and supported, irrelevant of who they love or how they define themselves.”
Wear it Purple is partnered with the NSW Police Force, working in collaboration to create a safer world for our young people.
“Everyone has the right to feel safe and supported, especially our young people,” NSW Police Force Corporate Spokesperson on Sexuality and Gender Diversity, Chief Superintendant Donna Adney says.
“So we’re excited to have the opportunity to partner up with Wear it Purple to highlight the importance of pride, inclusion and community.”
Various events are happening right around the country to mark Wear it Purple Day, with schools, universities, and various workplaces turning purple.
Wear it Purple began in 2010 when reports of a number of suicides occurred at the hand of bullying based on sexuality and/or gender diversity. A few young Australians gathered together and decided that one life lost was one too many, and that something had to be done.