Wear your heart out – wear it purple

Ever wondered why they choose and wear only purple to show support and love towards the LGBTQ+ community and not any other colour out of those six more rainbow colours?

Well, there are many reasons (and, good ones) towards the selection. According to psychology, purple is the colour of luxury and indicates sensuality, passion, and depth of feeling and promotes increased creativity and intuition.

Wear it Purple was co-founded as a small project by Katherine Hudson and Scott Williams in 2010 to foster safe, supportive, empowering and inclusive environments for the LGBTQ+ community. Since then it became an international movement and gives a very strong message that “Everybody has the right to be proud of who they are”.

In 2010, many young people took their own lives following bullying and harassment resulting 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.

As the world witnessed many young faces losing their lives, Wear it Purple was established to show people across the globe that there is still hope, humanity and love to support them and making them proud of who they are.

This organisation aims to provide support and resources to schools, universities, gender and sexuality alliances and youth organisations in creating amazing experiences for young people.

Through partnerships, they support the effective delivery of Wear it Purple Day in Schools, Universities and Workplaces, and Western Sydney University was a proud partner to organise a Wear it Purple day on August 30 at all its campuses, showing love and support towards the LGBTQ+ community.

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