What is the Day of Pink?
April 9th, 2014 marks the International Day of Pink. It is a day where communities across the country, and across the world, can unite in celebrating diversity and raising awareness to stop homophobic, transphobic & all forms of bullying.
The International Day of Pink was started in Nova Scotia when 2 straight high school students saw a gay student wearing a pink shirt being bullied. The 2 students intervened, but wanted to do more to prevent homophobic & transphobic bullying. They decided to purchase pink shirts, and a few days later got everyone at school to arrive wearing pink, standing in solidarity. The result was that an entire school stopped homophobic & transphobic bullying.
The message was clear: anyone can bully, any can be victimized by bullying, but together we can stop it.
Each year on the second Wednesday of April, millions of people wear pink to remember that positive actions make a difference. And that the change starts with each one of us.
This year we are happy to annouce the British Columbia Teachers' Federation has joined us for our April date!
How can I get involved in the International DayofPink?
- Wear pink on April 9, 2014!
- Connect with your local politicians about becoming a DayofPink Ambassador
- Get Free Resources or Order Supplies
- Find out more about activities you can do in your school, community, business or organization.
- Learn about the causes of discrimination and what you can do to solve this problem.
- Order T-shirts!!
Who are DayofPink Ambassadors?
DayofPink Ambassadors are politicians from all over who are willing to stand up and speak out on behalf of the diversity of others. Check out our blog for posts of some of DayofPink Ambassadors telling us why wearing pink means, and matters to them. If you know a politician, Member of Parliament, Mayor, Town or City Councillor who is interested in becoming a DayofPink Ambassador encourage them to check this website out. Email us at Info@DayofPink.org
Why should you participate?
Have you ever seen a friend hurt because of discrimination? Have you been hurt yourself? Discrimination comes in many forms including racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, ableism, agism and anti-semitism just to name a few. These social diseases create barriers, bullying, harassment, hate and violence. No one should have to experience the negativity created by discrimination. Day of Pink is more than just a symbol of a shared belief in celebrating diversity - it's also a commitment to being open minded, accepting differences and learning to respect each other.
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