#UTSwearspurple – Wear it Purple Day Friday 30 Aug
UTS is proudly hosting a youth-led LGBTIQA+ event for Wear it Purple Day this Friday 30 August. Join us and show your support!
The Queer Collective are proudly hosting a youth-led LGBTIQA+ event on campus for Wear it Purple Day this Friday 30 August 2019. The event is supported by staff groups the PROUD and Ally networks, and the Centre of Social Justice and Inclusion.
WET WEATHER UPDATE: The Wear it Purple Fundraiser stall has moved to Building 2 (UTS Central) Level 4. Come find us from 12.30–2.30 to support LGBTIQA+ youth services organisation Twenty10. Full details below.
What is Wear it Purple?
"Everybody has the right to be proud of who they are."
Wear It Purple aims to champion LGBTIQA+ empowerment, advocacy and awareness about sexuality, sex and gender identity.
On the last Friday in August each year, organisations, schools and communities around the world wear an item of purple clothing to show their support for LGBTIQA+ young people.
Wear it Purple was founded in Australia in 2010, in response to global stories of LGBTIQA+ young people who took their own lives following bullying and harassment.
Get involved in Wear it Purple 2019!
On Friday 30 August, get involved by wearing a purple item of clothing! Post your photos on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter with #UTSwearspurple and your photo could be featured in our gallery on the day.
You can also visit our stall where we’re raising funds for Twenty10, who provide specialised services for LGBTIQA+ young people aged 12 to 25 years. That includes housing, mental health, counselling and social support.
Head to our fundraiser stall in Building 2 (UTS Central) Level 4 between 12.30 and 2.30pm to:
- grab a delicious cake from our cake stall
- get a new look at the clothes swap
- buy a Wear it Purple pin or arm band
- make a donation and show your support!
There will also be a design station for ideas for the UTS Mardi Gras 2020 float, so bring your most colourful creative ideas!
Is this really still an issue?
While we’ve come a long way in LGBTIQA+ acceptance and rights, communities still face huge amounts of discrimination and social exclusion. Discrimination based on sexuality and gender diversity contributes to over 30 per cent of youth homelessness in NSW.
In 2014, the Gay and Lesbian Foundation of Australia (now Pride Foundation Australia) found that more than one third of lesbian/gay people had experienced homelessness – that’s over three times more than the general population*.
How does UTS support the LGBTIQA+ community?
At UTS, we prioritise social justice and have included in our key 2027 strategies, ways to actively contribute to resolving social challenges affecting our communities through Equity and Inclusion programs.
UTS is committed to fostering a culture that is inclusive of the LGBTIQA+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Intersex, Queer, Asexual +) community. Learn more about available training, guides and networks, and read what gender diverse students had to say about the launch of all gender bathrooms on campus earlier this year.
*(McNair, R., Andrews, C., Parkinson, S., and Dempsey, D. (2017), ‘GALFA LGBQTI Homelessness Research Project. Final Report: LGBQTI Homelessness, Risks, Resilience, and Access to Services in Victoria’)