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April 9th, 2014 marks the
International Day of Pink. It is a day where communities across the country,
and across the world, can unite in celebrating diversity and raising awareness
to stop homophobic, transphobic & all forms of bullying.
The International Day of Pink
was started in Nova Scotia when 2 straight high school students saw a gay
student wearing a pink shirt being bullied. The 2 students intervened, but
wanted to do more to prevent homophobic & 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 stopped homophobic and transphobic bullying.
The message was clear: anyone
can bully, any can be victimized by bullying, but together we can stop it.
Each year on the second
Wednesday of April, millions of people wear pink to remember that positive
actions make a difference. And that the change starts with each one of
Prior to the Day of Pink, Kelvin’s
GSA asked students these three questions:
1. I would
support a friend who decided to tell me he/she was gay, lesbian, bisexual,
transgender, or questioning their sexuality.
2. I feel our
school is a safe place for students who are gay, lesbian, bisexual,
transgender, two-spirited, or questioning their sexual orientation.
3. There are
adults in this school who would be helpful to a student who was feeling afraid
to identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, two-spirited, or
questioning their sexual orientation.
The students’ responses were recorded on three posters. Coloured
stickers indicated their answers: green = agree, red = disagree, yellow = unsure.
Photos of the posters are included in the gallery below.