RMIT will be wearing purple this week to support staff and students of diverse genders, sexes and sexualities.
Wear It Purple Day celebrates the contribution that young people of diverse genders, sexes, and sexualities (DGSS) make to the community. It recognises that everybody benefits from an inclusive and diverse community, and that young people everywhere have the right to be proud of who they are.
A series of activities have been planned across RMIT’s three Melbourne campuses in the week of Wear It Purple, culminating in a day of food, workshops and information at the City campus on Friday 26 August.
This is the fourth year that the University has recognised Wear It Purple Day.
Co-Chair of the DGSS Working Party and PhD student, Mohammad Taha, recognises the significance of this day for supporting young people who identify as lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, trans*, inter-sex, queer/questioning or asexual (LGBTIQA+).
“Anyone’s child can be queer. There is no ’this doesn’t affect me so it doesn’t’ matter’. It affects us all, and especially those young lives that we all hope to see shape this world into a more accepting, loving place.
“I have never met anyone who didn’t matter, and no one should be telling our children that they don’t.”
RMIT‘s senior executive team recently endorsed a set of Diversity and Inclusion Plans, including a DGSS Action Plan.
“This whole-of-University Plan will continue to improve inclusion for our staff and students of diverse genders, sexes and sexualities”, said Lara Rafferty, Manager of RMIT’s Equity and Diversity Unit and Co-Chair of the DGSS Working Party.
“The current talk of a plebiscite on marriage equality, as well as the attacks on the Safe Schools Coalition and the events at Pulse in Orlando, Florida, have made it even more important this year to demonstrate support for DGSS colleagues and students.
“Marking Wear It Purple Day a great way to show our staff and students that we recognise and celebrate RMIT’s diversity.”
Staff and students are being encouraged to attend the on-campus events, wear purple on the day, and signal their support for RMIT’s DGSS community.
Story: Alisha Taylor-Jones