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2023 Wear It Purple Day Banner with the text 'Write Your Story' at the centre

August 25, 2023

Wear It Purple Day: Find LGBTIQA+ stories at Deakin Library

Friday 25 August is Wear It Purple Day! Wear It Purple Day is about the whole community supporting and standing with LGBTQIA+ young people, and working to create supportive, safe, empowering and inclusive environments for them. The movement was founded in 2010 in response to global stories of several rainbow young people who took their own lives following bullying and harassment resulting from the lack of acceptance of their sexuality or gender identity. The theme for this year is Write your story and the website eloquently illustrates why this is important: 

‘For young people who identify as LGBTQIA+, the theme represents the importance of taking ownership of their narratives and to share their experiences in their own voices. This process of storytelling can be empowering and affirming and by speaking from their hearts, young people can also contribute to a broader cultural shift towards greater acceptance and visibility for LGBTQIA+ individuals.’

We thought we’d take a moment to share some LGBTIQA+ Young Adult literature from our collections that represent the diversity of LGBTIQA+ young peoples’ experiences: 

What are ya? By Jenny Pausacker 

About a girl by Joanne Horniman 

Annie On My Mind by Nancy Garden 

The boy from the mish by Gary Lonesborough 

Meet me at the intersection edited by Rebecca Lim & Ambelin Kwaymullin 

The flywheel by Erin Gough 

Kings, queens, and in-betweens by Tanya Boteju 

Tell me again how a crush should feel by Sara Farizan 

What if it’s us by Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera 

The upside of unrequited by Becky Albertalli  

Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender  

None of the above by I. W. Gregorio 

You know me well by Nina LaCour & David Levithan 

Aristotle and Dante discover the secrets of the universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz 

Take a Bow, Noah Mitchell by Tobias Madden 

Night swimming by Steph Bowe 

Gender queer: a memoir by Maia Kobabe; colors by Phoebe Kobabe 

Our staff are proudly wearing purple today to celebrate as well!

Deakin Waterfront Campus Library staff in purple for Wear It Purple Day.Deakin Burwood Campus Library staff in purple for Wear It Purple Day.
Deakin Waurn Ponds Campus Library staff in purple for Wear It Purple Day.

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