• 24 August 2020, 9:00am to 28 August 2020, 6:00pm

Wear it Purple was co-founded by Katherine Hudson and Scott Williams in 2010 and has since developed into an international movement. New generations of rainbow young people continue to be dedicated to promoting the annual expression of support and acceptance to LGBTIQ+ young people.

Wear it purple day is an annual LGBTIQ+ awareness day where supporters wear purple to celebrate inclusion of rainbow young people. The focus is to give pride, empower and advocate equality of well-being for rainbow young people, and create supportive, safe and inclusive environments.

Wear it Purple Day principles:

  • Advocate for and empower rainbow young people.
  • Celebrate and promote the value of diversity and inclusion in all community setting.
  • Raise awareness about sexuality, sex and gender identity and challenge harmful social cultures.
  • Champion rainbow role-models to help young people establish the confidence to be who they are.

Victoria University has collaborated with the Victorian Allies Network to host a series of events for staff and students for Wear it Purple. The Network involves a number of universities across Victoria who meet regularly to collaborate and discuss ideas and opportunities for better inclusion and support for LGBTIQ+ staff and students.

VU encourages students and staff to be part of a movement that has the potential to save thousands of lives.

Check out the event program below and register for the free activities you'd like to attend.

Hosted by: Victoria University
Competition closes: 9am, Monday 31 August

Wear purple and snap a selfie during the week leading up to Wear it Purple Day: Friday 28 August.

Take a photo of yourself and/or your team or housemates and post it to the VU Wear it Purple Padlet page – prizes for best dressed!

Students: Please include your name and VU Student ID in the description of your image for your entry to be valid.

Staff: Please include your name and position title in the image description.


  • Students are in the running to win one of 2 x Google Nest Minis
  • Staff are in the running to win one of 2 x $50 Target gift vouchers

Happy snapping!

Enter selfie competition

When: 4-5pm, Tuesday 25 August 
Hosted by: Student Life and Art Simone

Come along to an awesome live online bingo session hosted by a drag queen!

With fun performances, amazing banter and cool prizes, you're guaranteed to have a great time. 

Art Simone

Art Simone is Melbourne's Premier Drag Queen, known internationally for her extravagant costumes, spectacular performance and fabulous persona.

Games, gags, drag shows and plenty of balls – this isn't your regular Bingo night at the local RSL! This Drag Queen Bingo session is the perfect light-hearted games night. It's hilarious, easy to follow and just a little bit naughty!


  • Round 1: Beats Studio 3 Wireless headphones
  • Round 2: Ultimate Ears Megaboom 3

*You must be a current VU student to be eligible for prizes

Register for Drag Bingo

When: 4-5pm, Wednesday 26 August 
Hosted by: RMIT and Victoria University

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.

Jump online with friends or solo.

P.S. Don’t forget to wear purple!

Register for trivia

When: 1pm, Thursday 27 August 
Hosted by: VIC Allies Network

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.

Join us on Zoom to hear from students who bravely share their coming out stories.

Register for Rainbow Stories

Open: now!
Hosted by: VU Queer Collective
Competition closes: 5pm Wednesday 26 August
Winners announced: at the VU Trivia Night, Thursday 27 August. 

Show us your favourite toastie to win!

Submit a video of your toasted sandwich creation with a video (duration 3 minutes or less).

Video must be shot in your kitchen while you are making your masterpiece.

Be sure to add some comedy, a smile and be family-friendly!


  1. Beats Studio 3 Wireless headphones  
  2. VUSU hoodie
  3. VUQC Pride prize pack

Upload your video to the VU Queer Collective Facebook page to enter. 

*Must be a current VU student.

Hosted by: VUSU and the VU Queer Collective
Competition closes: 5pm, Wednesday 2 September

All of us as humans wear a mask, and LGBTQI+ people know especially well how it may feel to be hidden behind a mask.

We encourage you to show your support by taking this opportunity to show your pride through your amazing mask creation.

This can be a mask that you have either purchased or made yourself!


  1. Ultimate Ears Megaboom 3
  2. VUSU hoodie
  3. VUQC Pride pack

Upload your photo to the VU Queer Collective Facebook page to enter. 

VU provides specific community spaces to support staff and students in the learning and working environment. Visit the Pride and Diversity page for information on the locations of our VU Pride Rooms.

*Must be a current VU student.

When: 6-8pm, Thursday 27 August 
Hosted by: VUSU and the VU Queer Collective! 

You are invited to test your knowledge on various topics for the opportunity to win amazing prizes.

This month's theme is 'Wear it Purple' with an iPad as the winning prize for the night. 

Registration is essential. To keep up to date with the following trivia nights, make sure to check out our VUSU event page on facebook.

Register for VU Trivia

When: 9.30-11am, Friday 28 August

Online panel event via Zoom for Wear It Purple Day.

Register for panel event

When: 10.45am, Friday 28 August
Hosted by: VIC Allies Network (RMIT)

What does it mean to be a good ally and why do we need them?

Allies advocate for others – for marginalised communities they aren't a part of. Whether through visible action or a more personal commitment to fighting oppression, there are many ways that allyship creates meaningful change. Join us for a panel discussion from leaders in this space to share what they have learned along the way.

Register for panel discussion

Hosted by: VIC Allies Network (Federation University)
Competition closes: 5pm, Friday 28 August

Bake it | Shoot it | Post it

Preheat those ovens and prepare for the Bake it Purple Bake Off!

Why be content with just wearing purple, when you can bake something purple as well?

You have until Friday 28 August to bake your best purple goodies, take a picture and post it to Facebook or Instagram.

Be sure to hashtag #bakeitpurple or #bakeitpurple2020 for your entry to be valid.

You’ll also need to make sure your post is on public so our judges can see it. Follow these simple steps to make your post public on Facebook.

Alternatively you can send a direct message with your photo to the @bakeitpurple Instagram or Facebook.

Make sure those pictures look good, as our judges will pick the tastiest looking purple treat as the winner!

When: 5-6pm, Friday 28 August
Hosted by: Student Life

Our resident DJ will blow you away with a night of amazing tracks that will get your heart pumping and your feet moving.

Jump online with some friends or join solo. Don’t forget to wear some purple or surprise us with some Drag makeup!

Register for dance party

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