Colo High School celebrated Wear It Purple Day in support of LGBTIQ community

COLO High School students donned purple in support of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) community on Friday, August 26.

This is the third consecutive year the students have celebrated Wear It Purple Day, which is aimed at creating safe spaces within school and workplace settings for members of the LGBTIQ community.

“By wearing purple on this day, young people are actively showing their support for equality and acceptance,” PDHPE teacher, Alex Stefan, told the Gazette.

Ms Stefan is coordinator of the school’s StandOut group - a social and support club for students who identify on the LGBTIQ spectrum, as well as their ‘straight’ allies.

StandOut members hosted a purple cupcake stall in recognition of Wear It Purple Day, with proceeds going to Twenty10 - a community organisation that supports and works with young people of diverse genders, sexes and sexualities, as well as their families and communities.

On the day, students were able to attend sessions held by TJ Sweet and Seth Brown - both LGBTIQ support advocates - who shared tips about how students could be good allies to their LGBTIQ friends and family members.

They also provided information about how individuals who identified on the spectrum could find support.

At lunchtime, students and staff attended a Purple Picnic in the Quad, as a display of togetherness and school spirit.

In the afternoon, the school held its first ever Colour Run – a charity ‘fun run’ that included colour stations where students were doused in coloured powder – with money raised also going to Twenty10.

“I'm not sure who had more fun, the teachers or students!” said Ms Stefan.

“The colours selected were chosen to represent the colours of the rainbow and Colo's support for equality for all their students.

“The final colour used in the Colour Run was purple, to signify Wear It Purple Day and our dedication to making Colo High School a safe place for all our students.”