‘Think pink’

There was plenty of pink being worn around Fort Frances today to commemorate the International Day of Pink, which is held annually on the second Wednesday of April.
Activities were planned at local schools, school buses were plastered with messages like “Bully-Free Zone” on their windows, and many staffers at businesses and organizations sported pink to mark the occasion.
According to its website, the International Day of Pink was started in Nova Scotia when two straight high school students saw a gay student wearing a pink shirt being bullied. The two decided to purchase pink shirts, and a few days later got everyone at school to arrive wearing pink—standing in solidarity.
It has since blossomed into a day where communities across Canada and around the world “can unite in celebrating diversity and raising awareness to stop homophobia, transphobia, transmisogyny, and all forms of bullying.”
Canada has made great strides in becoming more tolerant to those of different races, religions, sexual orientations, and abilities. It’s also clear, unfortunately, that we have a long way to go towards fully promoting and accepting diversity among us.
Events like International Day of Pink, and all local efforts to combat bullying at school and in the workplace, are to be commended for tackling this important issue. What’s still sorely lacking, though, is a commitment to “think pink” each and every day—not just once a year.
Only then can we strive to become a truly tolerant society.


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