Pink shirt day highlights the importance of our ongoing struggle against bullying, discrimination, homophobia, and transphobia in schools and communities.
Today’s anti-bullying initiative began at a high school in Nova Scotia in 2007, when two students convinced their classmates to wear pink shirts in solidarity with a student who was a victim of bullying. This initiative is now celebrated in communities across Ontario in order to celebrate diversity and create a more tolerant society.
Largely due to anti-bullying campaigns that encourage individuals to speak out, communities are becoming more and more aware of issues of discrimination. Everyone in our province deserves respect, and we owe it to our children to ensure that our schools remain inclusive spaces for students to express themselves.
The GPO encourages everyone to wear pink today in support of victims of bullying, and to continue to speak out against discrimination each and everyday.