LGBTIQ Newsletter - July 2015
On August 28 school students and workplaces across Australia will once again show support for same-sex attracted and gender questioning, or "rainbow" young people, by wearing purple. This year's theme is Colour your Perception, encouraging people to reflect on their perception of others, and biases they may unknowingly carry in relation to others. It also encourages people to put themselves in the shoes of others and see what it would be like to perceive the world from their viewpoint.
While Wear It Purple Day is a day to celebrate, affirm and support sexuality and gender diverse young people, their families and communities, the Wear It Purple organisation acknowledges that one day of celebration may raise the profile of this issue but they seek to make more permanent change. The importance of talking about why people are wearing purple, the impact of homophobic bullying on everyone and how to combat it are integral in reaffirming the principles behind Wear It Purple Day.
Last year both the federal and state Education Ministers made statements in support of Wear It Purple Day and highlighted the importance of creating safe schools where all students can learn in a safe and supportive environment.
NSW Education Minister Adrian Piccoli stated: "I want students to feel safe at school because when they do, they perform better and can reach their full potential. That is why I am pleased to lend my support to Wear It Purple Day 2014 and I wish participating schools all the best for an enjoyable day."
Federal Education Minister Christopher Pyne said: "The Wear It Purple 2014 campaign is about ensuring all schools across Australia are places where every student can be free from bullying and violence, a message I strongly endorse. While there have been positive changes in social attitudes over the last few decades, there is still more work to be done in ensuring young people live their lives free of harassment and abuse."
Wear it Purple is a student-led, not-for-profit organisation and 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. Wear It Purple encourages people who agree with this idea to show their support in various ways including:
- wearing purple: showing your support by being seen in purple
- speaking up: letting people know why you're wearing purple
- spreading the love: posting and #wearitpurple your photos so that rainbow young people anywhere can feel the love
- challenging yourself: thinking 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.
To access further information or resources about Wear It Purple, or to register to host a Wear It Purple Day event in your school, TAFE or other educational setting visit Wear It Purple at http://wearitpurple.org/.