On Friday 25 August, Lighthouse Foundation celebrated Wear It Purple Day and our aligned purpose to foster supportive, safe, empowering and inclusive environments for rainbow young people.
Wear It Purple Day was founded in 2010 in recognition of the tragedy of LGTBQIA+ young people dying by suicide as a result of the discrimination they face at school and in their local communities, and the need to proactively create a sense of welcome and inclusion. We are in full support of the LGBTQIA+ community and encourage and recognise our young people and all young people to celebrate their own unique identity without judgement or vilification. In Australia, LGTBQIA+ young people are more than twice as likely to experience homelessness as a result of increased discrimination, violence, family rejection and heightened stress.
At Lighthouse we open our home and heart to everyone with love and care. We wear purple to encourage positive change for the health and wellbeing of rainbow young people and to represent our support now and in future. We are committed to listening to our young people and working to foster safety and inclusion in our community.