Australians are set to wear their best purple attire on Friday as part of Wear It Purple Day, to show support for gender diverse young people.
Founded in 2010 by two young people, Wear it Purple is a youth-led, not-for-profit organisation aiming to support sex, sexuality and gender diverse young people, particularly in schools.
Every August the organisation holds Wear it Purple Day, a day on which organisers say they want to encourage “everyone to think about the diversity of being diverse; by rethinking how they view sex, sexuality and gender and understanding that not everyone fits into rigid definitions of these things.”
Wear It Purple Day’s concept is simple: wear purple at your school, university, workplace or community organisation to show your support. Everyone is encouraged to share their photos on social media using the hashtag #WearItPurple.
Anyone interested can register a Wear It Purple event at www.wearitpurple.org, where you can access free printable posters, and resource packs for schools which include wristbands and posters.
For more information, visit the Wear It Purple website. In Queensland, the following locations have free wristbands and Wear It Purple resources available:
Open Doors Youth Services, Fortitude Valley
Headspace Hervey Bay
Gladstone Integrated Health Services
Headspace Mt Isa
Bidgerdii Medical Service, Mount Morgan
Suncare Community Services, Park Avenue
Deaf Services QLD, Rockhampton
Queensland Youth Services, Townsville
Livingstone Shire Community Centre, Yeppoon