If you’re noticing a lot more people wearing pink around your office and school you are not alone. Wednesday was International Day of Pink, a day when communities celebrate anti-bullying efforts especially in support of the LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer) community.
Students at Oakwood Collegiate were joined by members of the Toronto Police Service, including Police Chief Bill Blair.
“I think we all have to recognize that bullying can be a crime and that it can have tragic consequences for the bully. And I think it diminishes all of us. We all have a responsibility just to say no and to stand up for those who are more vulnerable.” said Chief Blair.
International Day of Pink began in 2007 after a Nova Scotia student was bullied for wearing a pink shirt to his school. Other students intervened and in a show of solidarity got other students to join in and wear pink shirts in a sign of solidarity.
Listen to this in-depth report from Newstalk 1010’s Amber Gero.