On Friday 30th August Monash Youth Services (MYS) Celebrated Wear it Purple Day, with an interactive stall out the front of Glen Waverley Library. MYS partnered with Monash Council, Holmesglen Youth Foyer and Glen Waverley Library to put on this event. This was the first time that MYS had been involved in putting on a public event celebrating Wear it Purple Day!!!
Wear it Purple Day is the day when we are encouraged to wear purple for the day and to hold events to acknowledge, celebrate, support and stand together with young people from the LGBTIQA+ community. The LGBTIQA+ community is people who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, Queer or Questioning (questioning their gender identity / sexuality) & Asexual or Allies.
Wear it Purple was founded in 2010 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.
The event involved an interactive stall where MYS staff were joined by Youth Foyer staff, a young person from Youth Foyer & Monash Council’s Gender Equity Officer. The stand had information to; educate the community about the LGBTIQA+ community, celebrate their successes, acknowledge the challenges they face and to provide ideas about what we can do to celebrate this community and to show our support.
We had loads of fun chatting to young people and other community members, proving resources and giving out badges, ribbons and other items to help people celebrate Wear it Purple Day! We also saw lots of Monash Council staff dressed in purple passing by showing their support!
Glen Waverley library also got on board the celebrations, decorating the library purple, giving out purple lollies and promoting their new LGBTQ catalogue section. The youth foyer were also able to let people know about their new LGBTIQ+ pride group – a support group for young LGBTIQ people aged 16-25, which is an exciting addition to services in Monash. The MYS office also purpled it up for the day, as did many of the schools.
How exciting and fantastic it was to see so many people in Monash celebrating Wear it Purple Day!
Let’s make Wear it Purple 2020 even bigger!
To learn more about Wear it Purple, the LQBTIQA+ community and for opportunities to get involved, check out minus 18 – Australia’s Youth Driven Network for LGBTIQ Youth.
For information about or to join Holmesglen Youth Foyer’s LGBTIQ+ youth pride group see their Facebook group or call 9564-6488
Wear it Purple strives to foster supportive, safe, empowering and inclusive environments for rainbow young people and is committed to respect, diversity and social equality.
Wear it Purple was founded in 2010 by Katherine Hudson and Scott Williams in response to global stories of real teenagers, real heartache and their very real responses. 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.
Since 2010, Wear it Purple has developed into an international movement. New generations of rainbow young people continue to be dedicated to promoting the annual expression of support and acceptance to rainbow young people. What started out small has now grown; however the message remains the same. Everybody has the right to be proud of who they are.