Systems Training School ‘Wear It Purple’

Published on SBLT Jez Kokshoorn (author), LSCSO Tegan Hamilton (photographer)

Location(s): HMAS Watson, NSW

Topic(s): HMAS Watson, Diversity and Inclusivity

Members of the Systems Training School supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex awareness on the steps of the Ritchie Building, HMAS Watson. (photo: LSCSO Tegan Hamilton)
Members of the Systems Training School supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex awareness on the steps of the Ritchie Building, HMAS Watson.

Last Friday, members of the Systems Training School at HMAS Watson got out their purple t-shirts to celebrate diversity, support lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) members of the Navy family and wider community and to raise awareness for the challenges they face.

The ‘Wear It Purple’ movement has a simple message: “You have the right to be proud of who you are!”

The Systems Training School operates under the ethos that no one should ever be subject to bullying, belittlement or invalidation, no matter who they are. As such, the school promotes the fact that every individual has the right to live and work in a safe, supportive and harassment-free environment.

On ‘Wear It Purple’ Day, Defence personnel were encouraged to wear purple to express to rainbow members that they have the right to feel more comfortable in their respective workplaces.

The Systems Training School had a great show of support on the day, which started with a friendly game of football, followed by a barbecue provided by the Fleet Synthetic Training Section. The Electronic Technicians Section was especially passionate in supporting the cause, with all members getting in and having some fun.

The Systems Training School’s message for the day was “focus on strengthening our relationships across and beyond Navy and respect the contribution of everyone.”