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Check out how Australians across the country have been celebrating Wear it Purple day.
By
Bianca Soldani

26 Aug 2016 - 3:38 PM  UPDATED 26 Aug 2016 - 3:38 PM

Australian schools and workplaces are showing their solidarity with young members of the LGBTQIA+ community today by wearing purple.

As the name suggests, Wear it Purple day encourages people to add some colour to their outfit, as a sign of respect to all young queer people, taking a stand against bullying, belittlement and abuse based on gender identity or sexuality. 

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Wear It Purple Day is this Friday 26th August. Elizabeth Sutherland makes the case for teachers to get their purple glitter on.

Currently in its sixth year, the event is designed to celebrate and empower rainbow youth and challenge anti-LGBT societal attitudes.

A video starring the Australian Federal Police commissioner Andrew Colvin, stresses that “everyone has the right to be proud of who they are, every young person is unique and important.

"We believe in a world where everyone can thrive, irrelevant of their sexuality or gender identity. All young people deserve to feel safe, important and empowered," it goes on.

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Here's how Australians celebrated the day across the country:

Entire offices have embraced the idea

As did schools and universities

The police force got on board 

And of course, so did some politicians

Purple bake-offs were held

People were out to spread the message

And even a couple pets were involved