Wear It Purple – put on your purple gear for LGBTIQ+ youth

Wear it Purple Day on Friday 28 August supports the rights of young people in the LGBTIQ+ community. It promotes the creation of safe spaces in schools, universities, workplaces and public spaces to show LGBTIQ+ young people that they are seen and supported. Wear It Purple is a volunteer organisation that helps young people in the LGBTIQ+ community, with a focus on the prevention of bullying and reducing the incidences of suicide in this vulnerable group.

The Monash Health Equity and Inclusion LGBTIQ+ committee are proud to support Wear It Purple Day. The Committee invite all Monash Health employees to join them in wearing something purple on Friday 28 August to help show your support to our young LGBTIQ+ employees, patients and visitors.

Denise Owen, Chair of the Monash Health LGBTIQ+ Committee, highlighted the importance of days like Wear It Purple Day:

“It is very important that our young people feel supported, valued and accepted. Through this small gesture, we can make a big difference in their development of a positive self-esteem and feeling confident in who they are. I want to show them that Monash Health is a welcoming and safe place for them to be cared for, work or visit. We also hope to breakdown some of the barriers they face.”

Earlier this year, the Committee celebrated the first All Gender toilet facility at Monash Medical Centre Clayton. This was a significant step in demonstrating Monash Health’s commitment to the LGBTIQ+ community. They are also working to ensure there are All Gender toilets at all hospital sites. The Committee is also working to establish LGBTIQ+ liaison officers and a support group to give general advice and support to our LBGTIQ+ community.

You can download a poster for your break room here and encourage your team members to wear something purple on Friday 28 August!

Read more about Monash Health’s Equity and Inclusion strategy here.

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