Today, April 13th 2016 marks the International Day of Pink. A special day when various communities in Canada and other parts of the world celebrate diversity and unite against homophobia, transphobia, transmysogyny and all forms of bullying.
According to the International Day of Pink website, the movement started in Nova Scotia when 2 straight high school students – Travis Price and David Shepherd – 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 took a stand and began working together to prevent homophobic & transphobic bullying.
Today, millions of people wear pink on the second Wednesday of April each year in solidarity against discrimination such as racism, sexism, homophobia, ageism, colonialism and others.
In Manitoba, thousands of schoolchildren are wearing pink shirts today designed to promote respect for others and open mindedness towards our differences.
In Winnipeg, Travis Price, one of the founders of Pink Shirt Day visited Gordon Bell High School on Wednesday and spoke to students as part of the Canadian Red Cross’ annual Pink Day, now running on it’s 5th year. Matt Bucknor of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers also spoke at the event.
This year RBC, in cooperation with the Canadian Red Cross, is holding a Student Photo Contest. All students are encouraged to send their best photos from Pink Day. The submission deadline is April 20 and the school of the winning student will also receive $500. For more details on all of the #RBCPinkHero contests, visit www.redcross.ca
So colour our world pink today and commit to a better world for everyone!