18 August 17Hope Terdich


Wear It Purple is an annual day on the 25th of August for showing support to the Queer community. Everybody has the right to be proud of who they are, and DUSA wants you to remind your queer peers that you love and accept them by turning out in purple.

Celebrated annually across the globe Wear It Purple is about a visible showing of your support for the Queer community. It is a day for LGBTQ people to celebrate their lives, and for our allies to step up and say that LGBTQ people deserve better. Everybody has the right to be proud of who they are, regardless of sexuality or gender identity. Wear purple to show the world your commitment to this ideal.

Why do we celebrate Wear it Purple Day?

DUSA celebrates Wear it Purple day because we are committed to ensuring our university community is a safe and supportive one, for all of our students.

LGBTQ people have higher rates of mental illness, particularly anxiety and depression, than what is found in the wider community. This difference is most stark when you consider the mental health of young people. According to the national LGBTI Health Alliance; 55% of LGBT women aged between 16 and 24 are likely to have experienced high/very high psychological distress compared with 18% in the nation as a whole and 40% of LGBT men aged 16-24 compared with 7%.

More than twice as many homosexual/bisexual Australians experience anxiety disorders as heterosexual people. DUSA believes these numbers are too high, and we are wearing purple to show solidarity with our queer community.

What is happening on campus for Wear it Purple Day?

We will be on campus throughout the week promoting electoral enrolment for the upcoming postal survey on marriage equality. In addition to individual events on each campus for Wear it Purple.

At Geelong, DUSA along with Deakin Equity and Diversity will be holding a morning tea on Friday 25 August from 10am – 11.30am. The morning tea includes cupcakes, beaded bracelet making and writing pledges on paper to string around DUSA to show our solidarity.

In Warrnambool DUSA will be hosting a showing of Holding the Man on Thursday 24 August, 6pm in F1.03. Open to all Warrnambool students, and especially welcome those that are lesbian, gay, transgender, queer, or questioning to come along and enjoy the evening. There will be pizza available.

Burwood’s events kicks off from 12pm – 2pm. Themed entirely purple complete with purple cupcakes, special guest speaker – Kirrily Hayward will be in attendance to talk about the intersectional experience of Disability and LGBTI issues. Also on the day will be the PRIDE Club and a GLLO officer. DUSA are also hosting a dress up competition… so wear your best purple outfit!

What is happening in the broader community?

DUSA has already made our stance on marriage equality clear, we support the rights of every Australian to choose who they marry, regardless of their or their partner's gender. Today we want to reiterate that stance, and offer our support to the queer community in this troubling political climate.

We urge every student at Deakin University to ensure they are enrolled to vote, at their current address, by 24 August. We urge every student at Deakin University to vote in favour of the message equality by 15 November. We urge everyone to remember that the queer community is made up of people, everyday people, worthy of our support. Who, how, and why you love should not be up for debate. Check your current enrolment status here.

Support Services

We know that the next few months are going to be hard. Ireland held a referendum on same sex marriage in 2015, and while marriage equality was achieved, the referendum took its toll.

A survey of 1,657 Irish LGBTI people was conducted soon after the referendum took place; the survey found that 75.5% of participants often or always felt angry when they were exposed to campaign messages from the no campaign before the referendum. It found 80% felt upset by the no campaign materials, and two-thirds felt anxious or distressed.

Younger LGBTI people scored lower on psychological wellbeing compared with older people, including feeling anxious and afraid. We can expect a similar emotional toll with the plebiscite.

If you need additional support during this time, please contact the following services:

Deakin Safer Community 03 9244 3734 

Deakin Counselling & Psychological Support

  • Burwood - 03 9244 5577
  • Waurn Ponds - 03 5227 1221
  • Waterfront - 03 5247 9312
  • Warrnambool - 03 5563 3256

DUSA Student Advocacy Support Service
03 9244 6356

1800 184 527

Beyond Blue
1300 224 636

1800 184 527