Wear it Purple Day celebrations

ACU will celebrate Wear it Purple Day during the week of 21-25 August. Everyone is welcome to attend celebrations which include an alumni guest speaker event and other local morning teas and engaging activities across our campuses.

Everyone is invited to wear purple on Wear it Purple Day Friday 25 August. This is an opportunity to show support and solidarity for LGBTIQ+ young people by raising awareness about the challenges they face and celebrate their resilience.

You're also invited to join activities on campus and online throughout the week. 

ACU Alumna guest speaker Jo Hirst - Melbourne campus or livestreamed

Jo Hirst is a former primary school teacher who wrote Australia’s first picture book for transgender children, The Gender Fairy. Jo will share her reflections on her experience as a former ACU student, and learnings through working with trans and gender diverse children and their families.

If attending in person, stay for a morning tea of purple cupcakes afterwards and grab some Wear it Purple Day merchandise.

If you can, bring along your spare coins for donations, which will be returned to the not-for-profit Wear It Purple to help them support Australian LGBTIQ+ young people. 

When: Friday 25 August, 10.30am-12.00pm
Where: Mercy Lecture Theatre (404.G.09), Melbourne campus or livestreamed online

Register to receive livestream details

Ballarat campus Wear it Purple Day banner and cooking show

Ballarat LGBTIQ+ Student Society invites you to come and add your own purple heart to their Wear it Purple Day banner to show your support for LGBTIQ+ young people.
When: Wednesday 23 August, 11am-2pm
Where: Forbes Student Centre

Ballarat LGBTIQ+ Student Society and Student Life invites you to watch a live stream of a cooking show, where they will be making purple pancakes, and you can learn more about the importance of Wear it Purple day. 
When: Friday 25 August, 12.15pm
Where: Access the livestream on Student Life’s Instagram page at 12.15pm. The event will also be available to watch after the live stream.

Blacktown campus craft and cupcakes

Student Life invites you to come and enjoy craft and cupcakes to celebrate.
When: Thursday 24 August, 1pm-3pm
Where: Ground Floor, Blacktown campus, 22 Main St Blacktown

Brisbane Campus cupcake morning tea with giveaways

Students and staff are invited to wear purple and celebrate with purple cupcakes and other giveaways (badges, stickers, ribbons, wrist bands, lollypops etc.)
When: Thursday 24 August, 10.00-11.30am
Where: Forecourt outside the Brisbane Library

Canberra campus poetry contest, tie dying and Wear it Purple Day banner

Signadou LGBTQIA+ Society will host a celebration with purple fairy floss, BYO tie-dying and a poetry contest with a $50 Westfield gift card prize to be won, (judged by students with the prize distributed the following Wednesday). You can also add your own purple heart on a display and write about what inclusion means to you.
When: Wednesday 23 August, 12-2pm
Where: The Veritas Courtyard

Strathfield campus rainbow snacks, merchandise and mindfulness colouring

Student Life and Strathfield LGBTQIA+ Society invite you to celebrate with rainbow snacks, Wear It Purple merchandise, and mindfulness colouring-in.  
When: Friday 25 August, 10am-12pm
Where: The Quad
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