April 13 2016 marks the International Day of Pink. 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.
The campaign has continued to grow: it is now an international campaign that thrives in schools, workplaces and communities.
Wearing pink is more than just a one day thing. It’s a commitment to allyship that spans the rest of the year. Wearing pink on April 13 is an important first step – it shows that you stand together with those who have been bullied, especially with those who have been bullied for their sexual orientation or gender identity.