Wear it Purple 2020

Friday 28 August is Wear it Purple—a day to celebrate rainbow young people, to support them to feel proud and safe to be who they are.

We are all the change. By joining us and wearing purple on Friday 28th August, you will be standing up and standing out to support and include LGBTIQA+ young people and the whole community, to eliminate discrimination.

While we are not seeing the usual rainbows around campus or people wearing rainbow lanyards, it is important to maintain these welcoming visual cues to maintain an inclusive environment for our LGBTQIA+ communities.

Simple ways to do this include downloading the Pride in Action Network Zoom background, wearing your rainbow lanyard during online meetings or lectures, and including your pronouns in your Zoom name.

From 24th to 28th August 2020, we are proud to be partnering with the Victorian Universities Allies Network on a number of virtual events for students and staff across all Victorian-based universities. See all the details and some great resources below!

We know this is a challenging time for everyone. Remember that we have a dedicated page of resources, services and fun things to do while navigating life during lockdown.

Queer visibility at the campus and inclusivity in a school policy was beyond words comparing to where I am from, and it made me feel safer than ever to be who I am and allowed me to have a voice as a proud queer person.

– Jack Ganbaatar, International Student Rep, Pride in Action Network

What is being first-year like at UniMelb? It can be a daunting and exciting time, opening up your world to new experiences and opportunities. Past and present members of the University of Melbourne Pride in Action Network Committee share their stories from first year.

Know your pronouns (with UMSU Queer)

This Wear it Purple UMSU Queer teamed up with Life at UniMelb to share some diverse key terms they use and what it means for them.

Activities for Wear it Purple 2020

Zoom background

Download our Pride in Action Network Wear it Purple Zoom background to show your support for LGBTQIA+ young people and spark conversations. (Here are instructions on changing your Zoom background – it's ok if it looks mirrored to you! It's the right way for everyone else 😉)

Wear it Purple trivia

Wednesday 26th August, 4pm

We invite you to test your knowledge of LGBTIQ+ everything! That’s the only theme we’re tackling so expect anything from history, pop culture, sports and perhaps some added surprises. PS. Don’t forget to wear purple!


Hosts: Kelsie Miller (she/they) RMIT and Dr Ross Coller (he/him/his), Victoria University.

WEBINAR | Rainbow stories

Thursday 27th August, 1pm

There’s something so powerful and genuine about storytelling that motivates, inspires and affirms us. It weaves through all aspects of our lives, from casual conversations with friends to formal presentations at work, from the way we dress to the way in which we share on social media. Hear from students who bravely share their coming out stories.


Host: Dr Megan Sharp, Staff Co-Chair of the Pride in Action Network; Academic MDHS

WEBINAR | The importance of allies

Friday 28th August, 10.45am

What does it mean to be a good ally at work? Whether it’s being visible and loud in our allyship or whether it’s more of a personal commitment to fighting the oppression and prejudice of LGBTQ+ people there are many ways we can show support and lead the way for positive change. Join us for a discussion from leaders in this space to share what they have learnt along the way.


Panellist: Caitlyn Pryse, Student Co-Chair of the Pride in Action Network

ACTIVITY | Cross-university bake off!

Pre-heat those ovens and prepare for the Bake it Purple Bake Off! Why be content with just wearing purple, when you can bake purple as well? You have until Friday 28 August to bake your best purple goodies, take a picture and post it to social media. Make sure those pictures look good as our judges will pick the tastiest looking purple treat as the winner!

Bake it, shoot it, post it: #bakeitpurple or #bakeitpurple2020 before Friday 28 August

WATCH | Pride in Action Stories

Pride in Action Stories give you a chance to meet some of the amazing people who are a part of this Network! These short interviews with staff members or a students provide insights into their experiences in, or work with, LGBTQIA+ communities.

RESOURCES | How to be a good ally

Have another look at our resource on allyship and how becoming an ally affirms a commitment to kindness and inclusion for everyone.

Minus 18, an organisation working with same-sex attracted and gender diverse young people in Australia, has a HUGE number of resources for youth and adults on their website, including an LGBTQIA+ inclusive language guide, how to be a trans ally, guide to pronouns, and a coming out guide.

LISTEN | Our Pride Spotify playlist

Add your own favourites and have a dance break to our Spotify playlist.

RESOURCE | Navigating COVID-19

Our dedicated page of resources relevant for LGBTQIA+ communities and their allies – please share and encourage people to reach out if they need support.

WATCH | Queer content

ABC iView

  • First Day: As a 12 year-old transgender girl, Hannah has to navigate the challenges that come with starting a new school, and find the courage to live as her most authentic self.
  • Transblack: Follows the day-to-day life of four Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander transgender men and women.
  • Killing Eve: The critically acclaimed thriller follows Eve and Villanelle, addicted to each other but now trying desperately to live their lives apart.
  • High Fidelity: A reimagining of Nick Hornby’s 1995 novel, High Fidelity follows Rob, a record store owner, as she revisits past relationships through music and pop culture, while trying to get over her one true love.
  • You Can't Ask That: Includes episodes on being HIV positive, intersex, and children of same-sex couples.
  • LGBTQI Pride Collection: Insightful, joyous, and empowering; stories that shine a light on the LGBTQI+ community, diversity, and belonging.


  • Disclosure: In this documentary, leading trans creatives and thinkers share heartfelt perspectives and analysis about Hollywood's impact on the trans community.
  • Special: A young gay man with cerebral palsy branches out from his insular existence in hopes of finally going after the life he wants.
  • Pride: During the 1984 Welsh mineworkers' strike in England, gay and lesbian activists forge an unlikely alliance with the striking miners' families.
  • Please Like Me: Melbourne resident Josh comes to the realization that he's gay while dealing his mother's suicide attempt and best friend Tom's relationship drama.
  • Sex Education: Insecure Otis has all the answers when it comes to sex advice, thanks to his therapist mom. So rebel Maeve proposes a school sex therapy clinic.
  • The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson: As she fights the tide of violence against trans women, activist Victoria Cruz probes the suspicious 1992 death of her friend Marsha P. Johnson.
  • The Half of It: A shy, introverted student helps the school jock woo a girl whom, secretly, they both want.
  • Feel Good: Comedian Mae embarks on an intense relationship with George, but they both hold back important parts of themselves.
  • The Miseducation of Cameron Post: After getting caught with another girl, a headstrong teenager clings to her self-identity when she is sent to a Christian conversion camp.


  • Gayby Baby: Heartfelt documentary getting to know four kids, whose parents all happen to be gay, as they each wrestle with the challenges of oncoming adolescence.
  • Holding the Man: Moving Australian film of the 15 year love affair between Timothy Conigrave and the boy he fell in love with at high school, John Caleo.
  • The Bisexual: Raw, funny and unapologetic take on the bisexuality and the prejudices, shame and comic misconceptions that surround it.
  • The L Word Generation Q: Follows a diverse group of self-possessed LGBTQIA+ characters as they experience love, heartbreak, setbacks and success in L.A.
  • Work in Progress: Abby is a 45-year-old self-identified 'fat, queer dyke' whose misfortune and despair unexpectedly lead her to a vibrantly transformative relationship.