Date: 
Friday 31 August 2018

The Australian Human Rights Commission celebrates Wear it Purple Day in support of young lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people.

Wear it Purple was founded in Australian in 2010 in response to international reports of young people taking their lives following bullying and harassment. Since that time, the last Friday in August has evolved from a day mourning loss to one celebrating inclusion and diversity.

Human Rights Commissioner Edward Santow said Wear it Purple is a significant community-led effort promoting the rights of LGBTI people.

“Australia recently marked five years of federal protections against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity and intersex status. Initiatives like Wear it Purple provide an important opportunity for all of us to show our support for young LGBTI people,” Commissioner Santow said.

National Children’s Commissioner Megan Mitchell said all children and young people must be able to feel safe and supported regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity or intersex status.

“Children and young people consistently tell me how important it is that they feel safe and welcomed,” Commissioner Mitchell said.  “I encourage everyone to acknowledge and respect young LGBTI people and work to tackle bullying and harassment in their communities.”

Georgie Stone, who was last year awarded the Young People’s Human Rights Medal for her advocacy for transgender Australians, is a Wear it Purple ambassador.