The founders of the Australian chapter of the Wear It Purple campaign will now turn their attention to homophobia in the schoolyard.
Students Katherine Hudson and Scott Williams decided to develop the Dress Code Project after news Ivanhoe Girls’ Grammar schoolgirl Hannah Williamms was banned from taking her same-sex partner to the school formal.
Hudson told the Star Observer, the story had had a big impact among the young people involved with Wear it Purple.
“We’re all shocked this can happen in 2010,” she said. “It’s shouldn’t be happening.
“[Williams and girlfriend Savannah] shouldn’t be discriminated against on one of the most important nights of the school calendar.”
Wear It Purple was originally formed in October to speak out against the level of depression and suicide among same-sex and gender questioning teens.
Hudson said she felt the school had responded poorly to the situation and is calling on young people to email Wear it Purple if they have faced similar problems.
“We should encourage schools to change their policies because this situation just shouldn’t exist.”
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