Bullying is a growing problem in the world today, and every year we hear more and more incidents coming up of bullying in schools everywhere. Bullying doesn’t stop in school though, it extends out into the world outside of school and even into the virtual world of the internet. Bullying doesn’t tend to follow any kind of rhyme or reason, it’s merely the exertion of power over those who are weaker or stand out as unusual. Pink Day is a day dedicated to beating the bullies, and breaking the cycle that creates and perpetuates this damaging behavior in schools.
History of Pink Day
Pink Day was established in 2007 after a pair of students, David Shepherd and Travis Price, saw one of their fellow students at Central Kings Rural High School being bullied for no other reason than that they were wearing a pink shirt. In a stroke of brilliance, these two got together and decided to show support for the student and take a stand against bullying by getting everyone at their school to wear a pink shirt the next day. It took almost no time at all for Jer’s Vision, an organization that does everything it can to stop bullying and discrimination against members of the LGBTQ community.
Now known as The Canadian Centre for Gender & Sexual Diversity (frankly, we like Jer’s Vision better), this organization took this idea and turned it into Pink Day. This was no minor work either, the organization works with schools to provide programs to overcome homophobia and transphobia, as well as squash all the myths and misconceptions about these members of every community. Pink Day is organized to stomp out all bullying and spread understanding, and it’s a concept spreading throughout the world.
How to celebrate Pink Day
Start the day by picking out your favorite pink garment and putting it on, especially if you’re a male-bodied person. Get out there and take a stand against bigotry wherever you find it by making sure the offenders know their calls will not go unanswered. If you see people getting bullied or harassed, be sure to walk up to them and help them out, don’t let them think they’re alone in the world. Pink Day is a day to stand up against the injustice of harassment and bullying, especially against minorities and those of the LGBTQ community. If you’ve ever been bullied, you know how important it can be to have someone stand up for you. On Pink Day, you can stand up for everyone with a simple wardrobe choice.