The Day of Pink is the International Day against Bullying, Discrimination, Homophobia and Transphobia in schools and communities. By wearing pink today, we express our solidarity with victims of bullying and show that we will not tolerate bullying in our schools, our workplaces and our communities. We urge everyone to stand up and speak out against bullying, whenever and wherever it occurs.
This day provides an important example of the power of student initiatives and solidarity in the fight against bullying.
The International Day of Pink was started in Nova Scotia by high school students who intervened when a fellow student was bullied for wearing pink. The two students purchased pink shirts, and asked everyone else to arrive at school wearing pink, standing in solidarity. The result was that an entire school participated in preventing homophobic and transphobic bullying. Now the movement has spread, with events and awareness-raising taking place in schools and workplaces across the country.
The Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) aims to promote acceptance in all aspects of the daily lives of its members and their communities. We support anti-bullying campaigns and policies as a way to bring greater awareness and solutions to the issues of homophobia and transphobia in the workplace and in society.
Today celebrate diversity by wearing a pink shirt and by organizing activities in your workplace, or support organizations working against homophobic and transphobic bullying in communities and schools. Download and create your own Day of Pink Shirt from the CLC’s iron-on templates here:
Homophobia and transphobia affects us all by creating social barriers, isolation and hostility in the workplace. You can take action by speaking up and supporting others when you see bullying happen.
To learn more about becoming an ally to LGBTQ members in your workplace, download the CLC’s handbook ‘To Our Allies”