When Prince unexpectedly passed away earlier this week, the outpouring of grief was instantaneous: Old performance videos and concert photos popped up all over the Internet and buildings the world over -- including Los Angeles' City Hall -- draped themselves in purple lights. One TV station in Indiana illuminated its evening news set with purple lights, the New Yorker magazine quickly distributed a purple cover, and the "Rain Room" attraction at the L.A. County Museum of Art became the Purple Rain Room -- all in the name of going #PurpleForPrince. Prince, one of the best-selling pop artists of all time, died Thursday morning in his home recording studio in Chanhassen, Minn. Prince, one of the best-selling pop artists of all time, died Thursday morning in his home recording studio in Chanhassen, Minn. Purple is a potent and powerful color.
What did Hillary Clinton's purple ensemble mean? Hillary Clinton conceded the presidential election to Donald Trump on Wednesday in front of her husband, former President Bill Clinton, and her running mate, Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia. Both Clintons made a bold statement with their clothing: Hillary donned a dark gray pantsuit with purple lapels and a purple blouse underneath, and Bill wore a matching purple necktie. Throughout her campaign, Clinton has often sent a message with her fashion choices, so what did the purple ensemble mean? Many believe that wearing purple was a show of bipartisanship, a possible call for unity and togetherness in a time of disappointment and political uncertainty.
The world has been blue with mourning since learning of Prince's passing Thursday, but now cities around the U.S. are lighting up purple to honor the late musician. Bridges in the pop star's home state of Minnesota, where he died at his Paisley Park estate at age 57, "reigned" purple in tribute. Bridges were also lit up purple in other parts of the country. The Hi-Level Bridge at the Waterfront turned purple in honor of #Prince pic.twitter.com/brSG8xV4g8 Looks like the RJ Corman Bridge in Clarksville is lit up purple tonight in honor of the late and great Prince pic.twitter.com/98qzmB01uM
The music industry, nation and world took time to memorialize Prince in the best way through his signature color: purple. Here's a sample of locations choosing to recognize the Purple One after his death at 57 on Thursday. Downtown Los Angeles changed hues as City Hall was lighted up in purple Thursday night. The Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans captured a similarly aubergine hue when illuminated in memory of the Artist. Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas, went a different way to honor Prince, choosing instead to display on its video screen the unpronounceable symbol (known as the Love Symbol) that the musician temporarily went by .
Many places around the world still have a long way to go when it comes to protecting the rights of sex, sexuality and gender-diverse young people, and Australia is no exception. That's why #WearItPurple was created and Wear It Purple Day was celebrated on Friday. The Wear it Purple organisation behind the trending hashtag are a student run, not-for-profit organisation that exist to support young LGBTQ people with mentorship programs, community engagement, a youth action council and more. The Wear It Purple's core message is simple; rainbow children and teens have the right to be proud of who they are. Today in Australia is #wearitpurple.