Borderland Pride and the Northwestern Health Unit have released a special video to mark the International Day of Pink.
The International Day of Pink is when communities across the country unite in celebrating diversity and raising awareness to stop homophobia, transphobia, transmisogyny, and all forms of bullying.
The video, which can be viewed at www.youtube.com/watch?v=UuZV4IRQ7xI features community leaders and representatives from a number of local organizations and public service agencies delivering a message of support for youth experiencing bullying, and a call to action to stand up against bullies, and especially bullying targeting LGBTQ2 young people.
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. They intervened, but wanted to do more.
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 bullying. The initiative has since transformed into a national and international day of action against bullying, homophobia, and transphobia.
The International Day of Pink will be observed this Wednesday (April 10) this year. All area residents, businesses, schools, and organizations are encouraged to dress in pink and use social media help our community show its support for the cause.
The participants in the video include representatives from the Town of Fort Frances, the Rainy River District School Board, 93.1 The Border, the Ontario Provincial Police, Rainy River District Victim Services, the Fort Frances Public Library, the United Native Friendship Centre, Borderland Pride, and the Northwestern Health Unit.