February is LGBT History Month and on the last Friday of the month we celebrate Purple Friday - a day to stand against homophobia, biphobia and transphobia and show our support for LGBTI equality. The day was first celebrated in Canada in 2010 and purple signifies the purple stripe on the LGBT rainbow flag which stands for spirit.
In Scotland Purple Friday is in support of LGBT Youth Scotland and we ask you to take action: stand for equality and inclusion; and help us make Scotland the best place for LGBTI young people to grow up by making a donation to support our work. We want to make it as easy as possible for you to take part so we’ve put together this handy guide with some information on our theme this year, ideas to engage and fundraise, and links to resources that you can use in your school, workplace or group.
The theme for 2018
This year’s theme focuses on the #EverydayHero, the person whose small gestures promote an inclusive atmosphere for LGBTI people. It’s about the little things like avoiding assumptions about people’s partners, breaking down unnecessarily gendered language, making people feel included. We want to spread awareness that anyone can be an #EverydayHero and the small, maybe even mundane, day-to-day gestures are equally, if not more, important than the grand gestures.
We want to make it as easy as possible for you to take part in Purple Friday so here are some tried and tested ideas used in previous years by schools, businesses and other organisations.
Light it up - do you have the ability to light your building or sign in purple, or could you turn your foyer purple for the day? Maybe you could colour your logo purple for the day on your website and social media? Remember to let people know why you’re doing it - take a photo and tweet using the hashtag #EverydayHero. Combine this with a dress down day taking a collection for LGBT Youth Scotland as everyone arrives and help make a real difference for LGBTI young people across the country.
Sign your name - Order a rainbow flag from the resources section and add a Sharpie pen and encourage everyone in your work or school to sign the flag to say they are an ally for equality. An ally is an #EverydayHero standing with LGBTI friends and colleagues and challenging discrimination when they see it. After Purple Friday you can display your flag to show that your organisation stands for equality. (You could even have 2 pens one thicker one for teachers or colleagues who are happy to have LGBTI people come to them if they need someone to talk to.) Combine this with an order of our #EverdayHero badges and ask people to donate to LGBT Youth Scotland to get a badge when they sign the flag.
Bake sale bonanza - Follow the instructions for Sign your name above but add a hint of sweetness with a rainbow bake sale. Place your cakes on your rainbow flag and when people buy a cake they take it off the flag and sign their name in the space. Combine this with an order of our #EverdayHero badges and when the cakes are long gone (and let’s face it they never last long) people will still have their badge to wear with pride or pass on to their own everyday hero.
Tag your #EverydayHero - We know that not everyone can organise an event like the ones above, what if you work alone - bake sale for one just doesn’t have the same ring to it! So for those of you who would rather show your support in another way we’re asking you to take to social media. Share our video clip and tag your own #EverydayHero, a person that makes your day better in some small way without even realising it.
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