Purple pride at Nexus


NEXUS Primary Health showed their support for Wear it Purple day last month, celebrating the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex community.

It began as a small campaign in 2010 in response to several young people who took their own lives due to bullying and harassment about their gender diversity and sexuality.

The campaign grew into an international movement where people wear purple to support to the LGBTQI+ community.

Nexus’s Health and Diversity Team hosted an afternoon tea for employees to support the significant day.

Many employees wore purple to work, brought in purple food, took part in a purple photo-booth and reflected on the challenges faced by the LGBTQI+ community.

Stories were shared about the LGBTQI+ community’s strength and resilience.

Health and Diversity team leader Jennie Gao said the day reminded her that people who were LGBTQI+ experienced prejudice in their day-to-day lives.

“All people deserve to be treated in a way that makes them feel respected, empowered and welcome because differences and diversities are strengths,” Ms Gao said.

Nexus are involved in the Rainbow Tick accreditation process and also run a LGBTQI+ Social Group on the first Monday night of the month.

People who are from the LGBTQI+ community and want to be involved in Nexus’ Rainbow Tick process, the Social Group or have any feedback, can contact the Health and Diversity Team on 1300 77 33 52.

For those needing help, call: Lifeline 13 11 14; or Nexus Primary Health’s counselling service 1300 77 33 52.