Yes, I go all out on this sort of thing (and nobody gets between this girl and an excuse to wear lipstick). Wear it Purple Day was founded in 2010 to show young LGBTI people that we live in a supportive society that will stick up for them and make sure they feel included. It was started 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 resulting from the lack of acceptance of their sexuality or gender identity.

The next few months look like they will be particularly rough for LGBTI people across Australia, so this year’s Wear it Purple Day was extra important to me. I was also super proud (and proud!) to be part of my work’s LGBTI working group hoping to contribute to real changes around the office to make things more inclusive. Days like today are not just about symbolism, but a chance to bring people together to commit to meaningful change.

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