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We are the change: celebrating Wear It Purple Day

WIPD

Friday August 28 is Wear It Purple Day, and we’re proudly in a purple patch.

Wear it Purple Day (WIPD) began in Melbourne in 2010 as a global response to stories of bullying and harassment of young people because of their sexuality or gender identity.

While things have improved since then, it doesn’t mean the bullying and harassment have stopped.

As most of our people (or, ‘purple’) are working from home, this year’s celebrations will be very different but it’s as important as ever to show our support for young LGBTIQ+ people in our communities.

This year WIPD is celebrating its 10 year anniversary and continues to remind us all that “We are the change.”

Over the past week we’ve run a variety of virtual events, making it easy for everyone to get involved. We’ve held a trivia night and fundraiser, a webinar with ReachOut as well as held sessions to hear personal stories and share ways to be allies and supporters of the LGBTIQ+ community.

All money raised for Wear It Purple Day has been donated to our workplace giving partner ReachOut, Australia’s leading online mental health service for young people and their families. ReachOut’s self-help information, support programs and referral tools save lives by helping young people get through tough times.