Wear it Purple Day 2020


27 August 2020

Friday 28 August is Wear it Purple Day – a day dedicated to celebrating and supporting LGBTQIA+ young people, and challenging societal attitudes to help shape a better world for us all to live in.

Wear it Purple Day started in Australia in 2010 as a response to global stories on the effects of bullying and harassment towards young people.

The statistics are confronting. 75% of LGBTIQ youth experience some form of discrimination. 61% experience verbal abuse, 19% experience physical bullying. 24% of Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual people experience depression. 36% of Trans Australians experience depression. This compares to 6.8% of the general population who experience depression.

Wear it Purple Day is now recognised as an international awareness day. Wear It Purple aims to foster safe and accepting environments for young people who identify as LGBTIQ or live within rainbow families.

There are lots of different ways to get involved and to show your support for rainbow young people:

  • Dig into your wardrobe and find your brightest and loudest purple get-up.
  • Let people know why you're looking extra-special in your purple gear.
  • Hashtag and share! Use #wearitpurple to take over social media

To make it easy for schools to show their support, Wear it Purple has developed free school packs including posters and wristbands, available at https://www.rainbowsinschools.org/resources.

For more information, ideas and to register an event, please visit the Wear it Purple Day website.