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Published: 30 August 2018
Author: Ryan Carlisle Thomas

Shades of purple to celebrate the LGBTIQ community

Tomorrow is Wear It Purple Day, which celebrates the contributions of our LGBTIQ community and Australians are encouraged to show their support by wearing purple this Friday.

Flinders Street station will be lit purple to mark Wear It Purple Day, an annual event to promote support and acceptance for young members of the LGBTIQ community.

Minister for Health, Jill Hennessy, recently said "We’re lighting up Flinders St Station for special occasions – and this is one of them. What better way to show our support for a great cause than to have the 'face' of our city lit up in its signature colours."

According to event organisers, Wear it Purple Day is about showing rainbow young people, and everybody around us, that they have the right to be proud of who they are and to empower together.

The Day is designed 'to celebrate and empower the diversity that surrounds each and every one of us; diversity in sex, sexuality and gender identities, in perspectives, in values, in everything!'

About Wear It Purple Day

The organisation behind this movement is united in its mission, vision and values.

Mission

  • To foster supportive, safe and accepting environments for rainbow young people.

Vision

  • For rainbow young people to not be disadvantaged by their environments, and for their wellbeing to be equal with their peers.

Values

  • Empowering and equipping young people to instigate and enact change.
  • Mentoring as a way of empowering and equipping young people to instigate and enact change.
  • Education as a means of social change.
  • Actively engaging with our communities in relevant ways, to foster positive attitudes toward rainbow young people.
  • Working collaboratively in our own team and alongside our community.
  • Community support in helping its vision and creating safer and more supportive environments for all individuals, irrelevant of their sex, sexuality or gender identity.

How we can help

At Ryan Carlisle Thomas, we are in the business of supporting Australians in defending their rights. We also want to see rainbow young people to be safe, supported and empowered.

By standing together, we can make a great impact and send a very positive message to young people and their families and friends across the state.

Meanwhile, Wear it Purple invites you to empower together in your environment, be it a school, in your workplace or otherwise on August 31.

Categories: Equality, Community