“Every young person is unique, important and worthy of love”
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On Friday, citizens around the world gave the expression “wearing your heart on your sleeve” a whole new meaning. By rocking their favorite purple shirt, people from all walks of life showed their heartfelt support for LGBTQ youth around the globe.
“Many of us feel isolated, so Wear it Purple Day is a way to bring together thousands of supporters' voices and show our peers they are not alone,” the organizers of the event, Wear It Purple, explained on their site.
Friday marks the 6th annual Wear It Purple Day, originally started by two Australian students to support LGBTQ young people with mentorship programs and community engagement. This year’s event has already had some spectacular support from celebrities, politicians, police, and more. According to Out in Perth, more than 120 businesses, 193 schools and 21 universities and colleges took part in 2015.
Everyone deserves to be proud of who they are #wearitpurple https://t.co/V6ViV3Imgu— Tanya Plibersek (@Tanya Plibersek)1472169161.0
Be proud of who you are. Wear it purple. #AusFedPolice #afpfamily #wearitpurple #proudtobeme https://t.co/5QbVdHxKgU— AFP (@AFP)1472181150.0
UNSW VC Ian Jacobs and campus leaders are wearing purple with pride for #wearitpurple day https://t.co/mxpCZbOOBa https://t.co/WZUAqLG15f— UNSW (@UNSW)1472175031.0
“Every young person is unique, important and worthy of love. No one should be subject to bullying, belittlement and invalidation,” Wear It Purple said in a release. “We believe in a world in which every young person can thrive, irrelevant of sex, sexuality or gender identity.”