April 14, 2021 is the International Day of Pink!
Discrimination takes many shapes, whether it’s based on race, age, disabilities, gender or sexuality. The 2SLGBTQIA+ community is no stranger to the bullying and violence that stems from hateful beliefs. While progress has been made towards removing these social barriers from our society, discrimination still persists. So, every year, on the second Wednesday of April, they urge people around the world to put on a pink shirt and stand in solidarity with the 2SLGBTQIA+ community to continue fighting for equality and acceptance.
Visit: dayofpink.org to download free social media badges, Zoom backgrounds and more. Whether it’s in Canada or beyond, we need to stand up against hateful beliefs to keep the clock from turning backwards on our efforts towards establishing equality for the 2SLGBTQIA+ community. It’s time now to educate the future generation to not repeat history, demand more of our politicians and policy makers, and participate in creating real change through real effort.
International Day of Pink has one purpose, to create a more inclusive and diverse world. We do this by encouraging young people to challenge social norms, ask more of their educators, and stand up against bullying towards their 2SLGBTQIA+ peers. Over the years we have worked with countless educators, politicians and organizations around Canada to spread this message and create young activists for this mission.
History: What is International Day of Pink?
It started in Canada and grew internationally. In 2007, high school students David Shepherd and Travis Price witnessed the bullying of a fellow ninth-grader at Central Kings Rural High School in Nova Scotia for wearing a pink shirt on the first day of school. In response, Shepherd and Price bought seventy-five pink shirts and distributed them to their classmates. They did it to stand up against bullying and to let their classmate know they weren’t alone. Their inspiration connected with Jeremy Dias, who experienced extreme cases of discrimination during their time in high school. Dias won a human rights settlement against their school board and used the settlement money to found the Canadian Centre for Gender & Sexual Diversity, which in turn founded the International Day of Pink.
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