DAY OF PINK OTTAWA: 1 IN 6 CANADIANS WILL WEAR PINK TO STOP BULLYING ON APRIL 12, 2017 – WILL YOU BE ONE OF THEM?
Do you know what April 12, 2017 is? Aside from it being a promising bright spring day, it’s more importantly the International Day of Pink! A day where communities across the country, and across the world, can unite in celebrating diversity and raising awareness to stop homophobia, transphobia, transmisogyny, and all forms of bullying. Each year on the second Wednesday of April, millions of people wear pink and take a stand. It is said that 1 in 6 Canadians will wear pink on April 12, 2017 – will you be one of them?
“Celebrating this day is truly remarkable. It is truly a grassroots local-international youth initiative to make the world a better place. You just don’t see things like this all the time.”
PINK IS THE COLOUR OF THE REVOLUTION – WILL YOU JOIN THE REVOLUTION
What started out as a small act of defiance 12 years ago in Nova Scotia became The International Day of Pink. The Day of Pink is a symbol, a spark that unites and empowers and inspires youth across this country to create amazing social change. It all began when high school students saw a gay student wearing a pink shirt being bullied. The 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, working together to prevent homophobic and transphobic bullying. Today, that cause has been adopted all over the world.
In Ottawa, April 12 marks an observance celebration that will include speeches from Senator Mobina Jaffer, Randy Boissonault, and Senator Rene Cormier in addition to speeches and performances from the faculty of Conseil des écoles publiques de l’Est de l’Ontario (CEPEO) and its students. You can also bet that many prominent politicians across the country including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau have provided their tremendous support for the Day of Pink.
COME AND JOIN THE DAY OF PINK GALA! IT’S FABULOUS, FIGHTS AGAINST BULLYING AND IT’S FREE
Since every province, city and territory has a different spin on how they celebrate the International Day of Pink with the help of Day of Pink Organization, there are many organized events including the local Day of Pink Observance in the Senate Chamber of Canada where students and politicians can come together to celebrate the Day of Pink.
Additionally, the organization behind the International Day of Pink, the Canadian Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity, will be celebrating a number of Day of Pink events as well as hosting a free Day of Pink Gala on the evening of April 12th at the Horticulture Building in Ottawa starting 5:30 PM.
It’s quite noteworthy that the gala is free in order to be more inclusive and welcome a massive number of people to celebrate the Day of Pink Ottawa. But if you do want a bit more, you can get the Gala VIP tickets for only $75, which will not only give you access to complimentary drinks all night (cash bar is available for all), priority seating during the award ceremony, and will have their name added to the VIPink exclusive raffle but you also get to donate to the Day of Pink Organization as a portion of your ticket will go to their benefit!
DON’T MISS OUT! Get your tickets here: http://ccgsd-ccdgs.org/pink/.
IT’S TIME TO END BULLYING – BE ONE OF THE OVER 6 MILLION PEOPLE IN CANADA WILL WEAR PINK TO STOP BULLYING
Of course it’s not only wearing pink that would help stop homophobic and transphobic bullying and other forms of bullying but it’s a great start. By putting a colour theme to stand for the revolution is a fantastic visual invitation for others to join. And of course, to partake and participate in all Day of Pink activities all over the country and the world.
What else can you do? Well… What would the Day of Pink be without the classic pink shirt? You can order shirts and other Day of Pink Merchandise or you can also donate to this great cause! You can also volunteer and on the evening of April 12th, join the Day of Pink Gala!
“Celebrating this day is truly remarkable,” said Jeremy Dias executive director of CCGSD. “It is truly a grassroots local-international youth initiative to make the world a better place. You just don’t see things like this all the time.” (Fun fact from the Editor: I don’t think he remembers this but Jeremy and I went to the University of Ottawa around the same time!) For further information, visit http://www.dayofpink.org.
Now the question is, would you wear pink on April 12? Wear Pink, talk Pink! See you at the Day of Pink Gala!
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