Press release on Day of Pink from AB!

Alberta is celebrating the Day of Pink. Check out their press release:

APRIL 10th, 2013                         

is the international day against Bullying, Discrimination, Homophobia and Transphobia in schools and communities 

Held annually on the second Wednesday of April, the International Day of Pink is run by youth volunteers from Jer’s Vision, in Ottawa, Canada. The initiative seeks to support the work of students, educators, community and business in their efforts to stop bullying, discrimination, homophobia and transphobia. This day began with two young men, David Shepherd and Travis Price, who saw a student being bullied in their high school in Nova Scotia and supported the student by getting everyone at school to wear pink in support of him. “Bullied student tickled pink by schoolmates’ T-shirt campaign”. CBC. 19 September 2007. Retrieved 26 June 2012.

In celebration of human rights and dignity we invite you to join us on April 10th by wearing pink to recognize the struggles and accomplishments of the LBGTQ community and how this affects all people!

Canada’s Youth Diversity Initiative – Jeremy Dias is a dynamic speaker who was recently hosted by the Leduc County YHA Youth Mentors Team to come and speak to community groups and students in Leduc County for three days in March. Unfortunately he wasn’t able to get to everyone so we hope he will be back soon! Jeremy wants students to learn how to deal with people who may not understand nor even want to understand someone who may be different.  Today, Jer’s Vision holds about 20 conferences across Canada to help youth gain the skills they need to stand up to bullies and homophobic people.

“People ask me all the time why do I do what I do — I do it for you guys,” said Dias.  “I’m even a little jealous since I never had this opportunity (to attend events like this) when I was a student. I’m learning from this too.”

“Jeremy’s message is for all of us, not just the students,” says Judy Dumont, Family Support and Youth Services worker for Leduc County and adult mentor to the YHA Youth Mentors Team.

For referral and information on GSA (gay/straight alliances) in your area contact Judy Dumont, 780-955-6421  Black Gold Queer Straight Alliance MEETINGS held every month on the last Monday 6-8pm. For support and information contact billy.poon@blackgold.ca or Visit: www.pridecenterofedmonton.org