WEAR it Purple Day organisers have announced that 2014 has seen the initiative receive its highest level of support since inception in 2010.

Over 100,000 people are set to “wear it purple” tomorrow in support of sex, sexuality and/or gender diverse youth.

Wear it Purple president Jayde Ellis-Pavlou said: “Wear it Purple Day is a vehicle for individuals, schools and organisations alike to add their voice of support for rainbow young people, affirming that they have the right to be proud of who they are.”

People are encouraged to get their purple items out of the closet to show rainbow young people that they are supported and that inclusive environments exist throughout the wider community.

Registrations for the day have been received nationwide from over 130 schools, 90 organisations and 25 tertiary institutions, and participation will span across Australia.

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Wear It Purple, a youth-run organisation with a core team of people aged between 14 and 24, creates the opportunity for students to lead a Wear it Purple Day in their school.

Ellis-Pavlou said that “Wear it Purple Day provides a much needed opportunity for schools to declare their support to their rainbow students”.

“For the young people themselves, it is not only an unparalleled opportunity to be publicly and nationally celebrated, but also a much needed chance to be agents of change in their own environments,” she added.

The Wear it Purple Youth Action Council (YAC) have this year set their sights on breaking down the stereotypes that surround sex, sexuality and or gender diversity.

The organisation has also continued its relationship with NSW Police and other NSW-based emergency services this year (pictured below), along with Telstra and the BT Financial Group.

Detective Superintendant Tony Crandell, NSW Police’s Corporate Sponsor for Sexuality and Gender Diversity, said: “I look forward to continuing our support for Wear it Purple Day, and in the future developing even better relationships of trust between police officers and young people within the sexuality and gender diverse community.”

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