28 August 2013
(Community Recognition Statement, Legislative Assembly, NSW Parliament)
I acknowledge today the inspiring Wear It Purple campaign, which is run by young people to support and empower sexuality and gender-diverse young people.
The organisation believes that no-one should be subject to bullying, belittlement or invalidation for being themselves and that every young person is unique, important and worthy of love. I agree with their beliefs. The Wear It Purple campaign works toward a world where all young people thrive, regardless of sexuality or gender identity. The campaign organisers want the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and questioning communities to be safe, supported and empowered wherever they are, including in their schools and youth groups. On Friday I will join police, the City of Sydney and residents at local events to oppose homophobia and bullying. I encourage members of Parliament, businesses, service providers, community groups and individuals to also show support by wearing a purple t-shirt, a purple tie or a purple onesie. I commend all those involved in the Wear It Purple campaign, particularly the students who run this non-profit group.