If you visit the EnergyAustralia offices on August 25, you’ll see us going about our daily business as always, but with a difference: along with the usual green, the desks, walls, and computer monitors will sport touches of purple, as will our people, who will be wearing anything from a simple purple beanie, to head-to-toe purple extravaganzas. It is all in honour of Wear It Purple Day, an annual event to raise awareness and support for young people who are struggling to be comfortable with their gender identity or sexuality.
Wear It Purple Day started in 2010 as a social media campaign led by two high school students who wanted to empower young LGBTI+ people (or “rainbow young people”) to be out and proud about who they are. From humble beginnings, it is now celebrated internationally across schools, tertiary institutions, and workplaces like ours.
This is the third year we at EnergyAustralia have celebrated Wear It Purple Day. Its themes align with our Diversity and Inclusion program, which aims to build an inclusive culture so that everyone can bring their whole selves to work and have a sense of belonging. LGBTI+ workplace inclusion is a key focus area of our 2017 Diversity and Inclusion program, which includes the Prism Network initiative. The Prism Network celebrates our LGBTI+ colleagues as well as their great allies, and works to build awareness. They have been a driving force behind our purple-themed celebrations.
As part of our Wear It Purple Day celebrations EnergyAustralia has also chosen to support Youth Off the Streets (YOTS), and employees are encouraged to make a donation.
YOTS is a non-denominational community organisation working for disadvantaged young people aged 12 to 25 who are facing challenges of homelessness, drug dependency, disadvantage, exclusion from school, neglect, and abuse. Since its beginnings in 1991, YOTS has grown from a single food van to a major agency offering a wide range of services to youth.
At EnergyAustralia, we are happy and proud to support both Wear It Purple Day and YOTS. Whether you wear your best purple outfit on the day or make a donation, we hope you will join us.