Wear it Purple Day

Staff at East Grampians Health Service wore a touch of purple on Wear it Purple Day, August 28, an annual LGBTIQA+ awareness day, targeted at young people.

On this day each year, supporters wear purple to celebrate diversity and young people from the LGBTIQA+ community.

The Wear it Purple organisation strives to foster supportive, safe, empowering and inclusive environments for rainbow young people.

Wear it Purple was founded in 2010 in response to global stories of real teenagers, real heartache and their very real responses. In 2010, several rainbow young people took their own lives following bullying and harassment resulting from the lack of acceptance of their sexuality or gender identity.

As the world saw the faces of precious young lives lost, some young people found a new sense of conviction and purpose to ensure that young people everywhere would know that there were people who did support and love them.

Wear it Purple was established to show young people across the globe that there was hope, that there were people who did support and accept them, and that they have the right to be proud of who they are.

Donations from staff during the day saw more than $250 raised.

Pictured are EGHS staff getting ready for Wear it Purple Day, L-R, Kelsey Weight, Grace Andrews, Laura Peake, Arnold Kwok, Suhara Perera and Joanne Page.