Febuary 26th is Pink Shirt Day!
February 21, 2020
Pink Shirt Day, celebrated this year in Canada on February 26th, is recognized internationally as a day to promote acceptance, and to denounce bullying, homophobia and transphobia. It is celebrated in countries such as New Zealand, Australia, USA, UK, Lebanon and France.
This day is a fantastic example of the powerful impact that youth voices can have. Thirteen years ago, 2 Canadian youth took a creative stand to combat bullying, homophobia and transphobia and now it's a movement around the world. In 2007, a grade 9 Nova Scotian student was relentelessly teased on his first day of school because he was wearing a pink shirt. Two other students, David Shepherd and Travis Price, witnessed what was happening and decided to do something about it. They purchased 75 pink shirts and the next day distributed them to students around the school in order to denounce the violence.
Click here to check out the co-founder Travis Price talking about the intiative.
Click here to watch a video of a pink shirt day flashmob that was organized by students from David Lloyd George School in Vancouver.
If you or anyone you know is the target of homophobia or bullying, click here to access some resources that could be useful in getting help.