In 2010, 18 year old Tyler Clementi took his own life, after being bullied and teased for being gay.
He was not alone. In that same year, a number of other young people committed suicide after suffering similar harassment.
In response, Ellen DeGeneres said “this needs to be a wake-up call to everyone: teenage bullying and teasing is an epidemic…and the death rate is climbing.”
These tragedies led two young Sydneysiders, Katherine Hudson and Scott Williams, to form Wear It Purple, a student-run, not-for-profit organisation whose mission is to foster supportive, safe, empowering and inclusive environments for young lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex people (LGBTQI).
Every year Wear It Purple Day is an opportunity for communities and business across Australia to show their support for this ideal.
The year Wear It Purple Day is on Friday, August 28.
It’s a moment we are proud to embrace at BRHS, to fight bullying and harassment of young people, and raise awareness of important gender and sexuality issues in our country.
BRHS staff are encouraged to wear something purple to work (anyone making purple face masks?), and connect with your colleagues for a purple morning tea (passionfruit cupcakes?)
To learn more about Wear It Purple Day, visit www.wearitpurple.org