Wear it Purple Day – Friday 25 August 2017

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On Friday 25 August, wear it purple to say: you have the right to be proud of who you are - including your sexual orientation and gender identity.

Defence strives to make the most of the skills and talents of all people and aims to reap the capability benefits of having a diverse workforce through embracing and supporting all of its people.

People Group, in collaboration with the Defence Pride Network and Pride in Diversity, will be hosting a morning tea event at the Alastair Swayne Theatre, Building 33-35, Brindabella Business Park, Canberra, between 10:15am–12.00pm on Friday 25 August 2017.

During the event, you will hear from Defence’s LGBTI Champions Vice-Admiral Ray Griggs, Vice Chief of the Defence Force and Richard Oliver, First Assistance Secretary People Services.

All Defence staff are welcome to attend, however RSVPs are essential. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to secure your place.

If you can't attend, the idea for the day is pretty simple: find something purple to wear, paint your face purple, or perhaps wear a purple hat.

No matter how you Wear it Purple, you'll send the message to young people that they can be proud - as they are.

We'd love to see the sea of purple on our members right across the country, so be sure to take photos and send them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The story behind Wear it Purple Day

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 restyling from the lack of acceptance of their sexuality or gender identity.

One member of this group was 18 year old Tyler Clementi who took his own life after being publicly 'outed' as gay by his roommate, prompting a frenzy as reports poured in of various young people sadly in the same situation.

In response, Ellen DeGeneres made a statement, that "this needs to be a wake-up call to everyone: teenage bullying and teasing is an epidemic…and the death rate is climbing."

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.

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.

So join us this year, on August 25 to celebrate Wear it Purple Day. Be part of an effort that seeks to save thousands of lives.

Originally published at http://wearitpurple.org/about-wear-it-purple/


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