Guess what today is?! If you couldn’t already tell by the title, it’s the Day of Pink! Some of you may be wondering exactly what Pink Day is, and why I’ve decided to talk about it. Well, gather ’round my friends; it’s story time!
Our story begins at a high school in Halifax, way back in 2007. Sadly, this is a time when LGBTQ+ rights were not as recognized and respected as much as today. Being gay wasn’t nearly as accepted as it is — at least here where I live — and so many people were bullied for it, shamed, and overall put down for talking about it. That was, until one day when a gay grade 9 student wore a pink polo shirt on his first day to school. He was bullied and threatened to be beaten for it, but thankfully, when two grade 12 students finally heard about it, they decided to take action. Spreading the news one night, they went out and bought a bunch of cheap pink shirts, and urged people to deck out in pink as a means of support for the young grade 9. What happened next, however, could never have been predicted. Tons of students came the next day completely covered in pink, all showing their support. From that day on, what started out as a small protest became an International day of support for LGBTQ+ rights, and a protest against bullying.
This isn’t to say that all discrimination against LGBTQ+ people has been illuminated, however. People are still treated horribly and differently if they express their sexualities, and this needs to stop. We need to show our support for everyone, whether or not it affects you. Will you take part and show your support for LGBTQ+ people? Well, it’s really easy! Simply wear an article of pink clothing today — a shirt, necklace, socks, a hat — anything you have! It’s small things like showing your support that can help so many people become more aware and respectful towards everyone. You can even take to social media to show your support by tweeting or commenting with the hashtag #dayofpink! Can’t wait to see your support!