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Wear It Purple for LGBTIQA+ youth

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Kiri Woods wearing purple in support of her LGBTIQA+ brothers and sisters. Photo Tree Faerie

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It’s hard enough being a teenager without the added trauma of being bullied for your sexual or gender identity.

Since 2010 high school and university students have been showing support for their LGBTIQA+ brothers and sisters on the last day of August by wearing purple to celebrate diversity.

Local woman Kiri Woods says she has seen her LGBTIQA+ friends suffer at the hands of bigotry and she’ll definitely be wearing purple this Friday.

‘I feel that as a young, straight, Aboriginal woman my existence carries a responsibility to advocate for those who aren’t in circumstances to have a voice,’ she says. ‘As a race, a community, and as individuals, it is our duty to work towards a brighter, safer, equal, and accepting future and culture for the greater good.’

Kiri says she feels privileged to be in the position that gives her the opportunity to use her voice to work towards an equal and safe future.

Friday is Wear It Purple Day.

Use your voice

‘We all have a voice; how you choose to use it is entirely up to you. Let’s act with kindness and love, let’s arm our youth with knowledge and education, let’s teach them the way to a greater future where those who are LGBTIQA+ can flourish and live a life that excludes fear and ridicule. I stand and will always stand for all members of the community to ensure they have the same privilege that I have. Act with love not fear.’

For more about Wear It Purple Day, visit the Wear It Purple Day website.

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  1. Very cool, a passionate, articulate Koorie woman standin her ground for a more equitable future, where empathy and justice rules…

  2. Where do you stand in the Victimhood Olympics? Identity politics is so superficial. Who you are is not what you look like or with whom you like to sleep. Drop these labels: LGBTQXYZ, Aboriginal, Caucasian etc. There is one race: the Human Race.

  3. A bit over the top, Arno. No. Way over the top!
    There are many ‘races’ & they make a ‘whole’
    by doing it their way in a caring & professional
    way. Support the plight of Native Americans?
    Now that one’s in my basket & it’s a blood-
    line. Doesn’t stop me from supporting LGBTIQ
    or The Knitting Nannas.


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