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Why Do We Wear Purple on Pride Day?

Lavender has many meanings in the LGBTIQA+* community, but this one’s my favorite:

Girls are traditionally represented with pink.  Boys are traditionally represented with blue.

Purple represents a blend of both genders!

The bisexual community also uses purple to represent themselves.  Australian- based Wear It Purple Day draws awareness to at- risk LGBTIQA+ youth.

Wear It Purple Day founder Katherine Hudson says:

“Purple is not a primary colour. You can’t make purple without the combining of two colours… I saw purple as a way of bringing people together from different backgrounds… a symbol of unity.  People have to come together.”

So for your next Pride event, wear purple to celebrate unity and the gender/ sexuality spectrum.

*LGBTIQA+ = Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, Queer, Asexual et al (that’s what the + is for!)

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