Sadly, six in 10 young LGBT people experience verbal homophobic abuse and two in 10 experience physical homophobic abuse (1). They’re also more likely than the general population to attempt suicide, have suicidal ideation or self-harm following experience of abuse and harassment (2).

The theme for Wear It Purple Day 2021 is ‘Start the Conversation…Keep it Going’, which highlights the important and necessary conversations we need to have about sexual orientation and gender identity. It is a reminder that the issues faced by LGBTQIA+ young people are prevalent all year around – therefore the conversations should be too.

Ahead of this important day, we interviewed Avery Wright, the youngest member of the City’s LGBTQIA+ Advisory Group.