Sexuality and Gender Diversity. Working with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people
Wear it Purple Day is on again this year - Friday, 28 August 2015. Wear it Purple Day is about the prevention of youth suicide.
Suicide is a leading cause of death among young people, second only to motor vehicle accidents. There are a broad range of factors that contribute to youth suicide, many which relate more to the lack of acceptance and support for people who are Aboriginal, from a cultural and linguistic diverse background, or those who are sexuality, sex or gender diverse. Drug and alcohol abuse and mental illness are also complicating factors.
The statistical likelihood of suicide grows six times greater for young people who are sexuality, sex or gender diverse. (Dyson et al 2003) Contributing to this increase is the discrimination, prejudice and homophobia that result from being sexuality, sex or gender diverse. Young people who have support feel significantly better about their sexuality and are less likely to engage in self harm or to have thoughts about suicide.
Wear it Purple day is about the prevention of youth suicide by encouraging young people to be proud of who they are. The NSW Police Force has proudly supported this event since 2012, each year increasing our community engagement and internal awareness about the challenges facing young people. The coincidence of Wear it Purple Day and 25 years since the introduction of the GLLO network into the NSW Police Force heightens our commitment to this community engagement opportunity.
Visit the Wear it Purple website at www.wearitpurple.org
25 Years & GLLO-ing
In 2015 the NSW Police Force will be celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the GLLO Program. 25 years and GLLO-ing is a colourful display of history, featuring highlights over the 25 years.
The history of Gay and Lesbian Liaison Officers – GLLOs – is explored and displayed highlighting milestone events and achievements. The oldest program of its kind in Australia, GLLOs have served the LGBTI communities for 25 years. Profiles of some of our longest serving GLLOs and our newest additions are complemented by colourful photographs of GLLO events during this period.
To commemorate 100 years of women in policing in NSW we also pay special tribute to our female GLLOs and allies who have helped to create a supportive and inclusive environment for LGBTI officers, staff and the community members we serve.
You can view the display in the Sydney Police Centre forecourt for the duration of the 2015 Mardi Gras festival. A mobile version will also be displayed at key events throughout the year.