Everyone being urged to ‘think pink’

Duane Hicks

Anyone can bully, anyone can be victimized by bullying, but together we can stop it.
The local Celebrating Diversity committee wants you to “think pink” next Wednesday.
April 12 is “Day of Pink”–a day where communities can unite in celebrating diversity and raising awareness to stop homophobia, transphobia, transmisogyny, and all forms of bullying.
In recent years, this has meant individuals, as well as agencies, businesses, and schools, getting all decked out in shades of pink and the Celebrating Diversity committee wants everyone on board once again next week.
“We have tremendous participation from the community in the past and we’d love to see everyone get that excited about ‘Day of Pink’ this year, too,” said committee member Nicke Paddock.
“Whether that means having your staff wear pink shirts and other clothing, decorating your windows with pink, or doing something even more original, it’s entirely up to you,” she noted.
Paddock noted Celebrating Diversity’s mission statement is: “Working together to create communities that celebrate diversity by actively practicing and promoting dignity, respect, and inclusiveness.”
“There’s no better time than the ‘Day of Pink’ for the community to celebrate what we stand for,” she remarked.
“Let’s all celebrate diversity on April 12.”
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 students intervened, but wanted to do more to prevent homophobic and 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 and transphobic bullying.
For more info about Celebrating Diversity, visit www.celebratingdiversity.ca