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Community organisations celebrating PRIDE Wear it Purple

GOTAFE is hosting a Wear It Purple event on August 26 in partnership with LINE Wangaratta, Rural City of Wangaratta and Centre Against Violence to celebrate local LGBTIQ+ youth.

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Post date: 23rd August 2022

The event will be held from 12pm – 1.30pm at GOTAFE’s Docker Street Campus and will showcase local organisations and the support available to young people in the region.

This year the theme for Wear It Purple Day 2022 is ‘Still Me, Still Human’. The message being that people tend to focus on labels, news stories, the target or data, and forget what we truly are – human.

"This year’s theme - Still Me, Still Human – encourages humanity, honesty, integrity and authenticity to be part of the conversation when discussing all diverse identities within the LGBTQIA+ community, as well as the importance of supporting each other in the journey."

Rural City of Wangaratta Councillor, Dave Fuller

“I encourage all members of our community to show their LGBTIQ+ connections support by joining them to wear purple on August 26.” Cr Fuller said.

LINE Wangaratta Coordinator, Allison Winters said “We’re proud to be able to showcase LGBTQIA+ role models and change-makers from Wangaratta to the community and young LGBTQIA+ people at the upcoming Wear It Purple event.”

“We know that LGBTIQ+ people are disproportionally represented in mental health, domestic violence and homelessness and we’re excited to collaborate with GOTAFE, Centre Against Violence and the Rural City of Wangaratta to show young LGBTQIA+ people the support, celebration and change that is happening in Wangaratta," Allison said.

Wear it Purple seeks to provide a sense of community and belonging – but also a sense of inclusion and equality.

“At GOTAFE we strive to provide a welcoming and inclusive environment for all people within our diverse and vibrant community. As a community, we have moved far beyond limited understandings of sex, sexuality and gender diversity. There is no longer any place for regressive thinking,” Amanda Kelly, GOTAFE Board Member said.

GOTAFE has implemented support systems for LGBTIQ+ community including permanently raising the Progress Pride Flag at all campuses last year and developing staff and student gender affirmation procedures and plans.

“GOTAFE understand the importance of belonging and inclusion, and no one should ever be treated unfairly – especially because of who they are,” Luke Falzon, Director Student Success at GOTAFE said.

For more details regarding the community Wear it Purple event, please visit the Facebook event below.

Join the community Wear it Purple event

Providing a welcoming and inclusive environment

Everyone has a right to feel safe to be themselves at GOTAFE and to be celebrated for their unique contributions to our community. We were named Inclusive Training Provider of the Year at the Victorian Training Awards in 2020, recognising our ongoing efforts and commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Learn more about diversity and inclusion at GOTAFE
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