For most students, school is a safe, inclusive space that fosters a love of learning and creativity. However, this is not the experience for many lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) young people. The third national study on the health and wellbeing of Australian LGBTI young people, conducted in 2010, found that 61 per cent of young people experienced verbal homophobic abuse and 80 per cent of respondents experienced this abuse at school.
This Friday (30 August) is Wear it Purple Day, an international event that celebrates diversity among LGBTIQ young people and gives us all the chance to show our support to rainbow kids in Australia and across the world. The event started in 2010 as a way for the community to respond to bullying and harassment through sharing stories and now through support and action.
The VCAA is working to make Victorian schools more inclusive and supportive places for all students through curriculum initiatives starting as early as Year 5. The Victorian Curriculum teaches students what respectful relationships look like and aims to build their personal and social capabilities to recognise discrimination and prejudice.
The VCAA will be ‘wearing it purple’ on Friday. If you would like to show your support, you can find ways to get involved on the
Wear it Purple website.