Friday 27th August is Wear It Purple Day, an international day to raise awareness of the experiences of LGBTIQA+ young people and to show them that there is hope, support and acceptance for those with diverse sexuality, sex and/or gender, and that they have the right to be proud of who they are.
Start the Conversation, Keep it Going
The year’s theme is ‘Start the Conversation, Keep it Going’. This theme highlights the importance of talking about and being aware of the issues faced by the LGBTIQA+ community, not only on Wear it Purple Day, but every day.
Supporters of the day and its message, wear purple to celebrate and support members of the LGTBIQA+ community, while also discouraging discriminating behaviours in schools, universities, workplaces and in the broader community. Check out our page on Bystander Action to learn how you can become an active bystander.
There are several ways staff and students can get involved this year:
- Wear purple clothing or accessories on Friday 27th of August.
- Download some free Wear it Purple Day resources to raise awareness (e.g. Zoom backgrounds, posters) Alternatively have a look at some of Rainbow Health Victorias great backgrounds and resouces.
- Be passionate about creating a safe space for all LGBTIQA+ young people.
Further, explore and promote the great work going on across La Trobe in the LGBTIQA+ space.
Queer Chat is a social support group and safe space that meets weekly at Melbourne (Bundoora) Campus and is for like-minded students to chat about all things queer. Currently hosted online due to lockdowns, register your interest to find out how to get involved.
Launched earlier this year by the Australian Research Centre in Sex Health and Society (ARCSHS) at La Trobe University with support from Rainbow Health Victoria, Writing Themselves In 4 is Australia’s largest-ever study on the health and wellbeing of LGBTQA+ young people aged 14-21.
For Wear it Purple Day, we invite you to watch and share this three-minute animated video. This video includes reflections from the members of the Writing Themselves In 4 LGBTQA+ Youth Advisory Committee on the findings of the study, and their vision for positive change to improve lives.
Rainbow Health Victoria
Rainbow Health Victoria is a program that supports lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and gender diverse, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) health and wellbeing through research and knowledge translation, training, resources, policy advice and service accreditation through the Rainbow Tick. This program is located within the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society (ARCSHS) at La Trobe University and is funded by the Victorian government.
Learn more about Rainbow Network, Rainbow Health Victoria’s project to empower health and human services that work with young people to provide safe, welcoming and inclusive services for young LGBTIQ+ Victorians.
LGBTIQA+ Resource Hub
View our LGBTIQA+ resource hub for more information and resources.
If this article has brought up issues for you, remember there is support:
- QLife: LGBTIQA+ specific phone and web-based peer support and referral service, on 1800 184 527 or at their website.
- Lifeline: 24 hours a day phone support on 13 1114.
- You can also connect with the LBTIQA+ specific counselling support and group programs offered by the La Trobe University Counselling Service.
- If you or someone you know is in immediate danger contact 000.