Celebrate Wear It Purple Day on Friday, 27 August 2021

Wear it Purple Day celebrates Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, Queer or Questioning (LGBTIQ+) diversity and inclusion. 

Wear It Purple is about creating safe spaces in schools, universities, workplaces and public spaces to show LGBT+ young people that they are seen and supported.

The 2021 theme is ‘Start the Conversation… Keep it Going’ 

This theme is focused on the important and necessary conversations we have in our daily life that centre around sexual orientation and gender identity. It reminds us that the issues we consider on Wear it Purple Day should be considered all year round!

What is Wear It Purple?

Wear it Purple is an international movement responding to young LGBT+ people who have experienced bullying and harassment. It was established in 2010 to show all young LGBT+ people that there is hope, there are people who support and accept them, and they can be proud of who they are.  

Wear it Purple Day is an opportunity to engage your club with events and activities that celebrate diversity, equity and inclusion.

How to get involved in Wear It Purple Day 

We encourage all members of the Rotary Family to wear purple clothes or accessories to their meeting during the week of Friday, 27 August. There are many other Wear it Purple Day activities you can organise with your members to celebrate diversity and LGBT+ inclusion in Rotary and your communities. Here are some ideas:

  • Organise a virtual, purple-themed morning tea in your club
  • Make a post about Wear It Purple to your club’s social media – use one of the free downloadable Wear it Purple resources – or make your own!
  • Organise a virtual special event with a guest speaker or film screening
  • Change your Zoom background, LinkedIn banner or Facebook banner to one of the free downloadable Wear it Purple resources – or make your own!
  • Print off a Wear it Purple Instagram frame and take a virtual photo with yourself and other members of the Rotary Family

For more ideas, take a look at the Wear It Purple website. Clubs should also consider donating any funds raised through events to Wear it Purple Inc, an Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) registered charity.

Remember to register your event with Wear it Purple!