The Purple Week is a campaign against bullying that runs from 13 to 17 May this year. On Friday, May 17 (International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia), Flemish schools color themselves in purple. With this symbolic act they resolutely say no to bullying and show their solidarity for the LGBTQ + community in particular. Since AP University of Applied Sciencese and Art is committed to diversity and tolerance, the Royal Conservatoire Antwerp and the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp participate extensively in this Purple Week.
Purple is a worldwide anti-bullying campaign in schools, which originated in the US. In 2010, following a series of suicides by bullying LGBT youths, a call was launched via social media to wear purple as a sign of solidarity with the LGBTQ + community. This purple color is a reference to the rainbow flag and symbolizes the power and courage to (dare) be yourself.
All students and staff are encouraged to wear purple that day. 'Purple corners' are specially designed for this occasion on all campuses, so students and staff without a purple outfit or accessories in their wardrobe can show their support. We provide gadgets such as purple face crayons, wristbands, sticky tattoos, nail polish and hair spray, and participants can also pick up their free copy of the purple newspaper.
Need a listening ear?
In addition to all these playful statements of support, AP naturally also provides psychosocial support. And of course not only during the Purple Week. AP wants to be a safe home where students feel good about themselves. Anyone who struggles with LGBTQ + (or other) issues can always contact the student counselors or the Student Services (STUVO) department.