Day of Pink aims to end bullying and discrimination
It’s a day to celebrate diversity and show support for those being bullied. April 8 is the Day of Pink, when people around the world are encouraged to wear pink to draw attention to bullying and discrimination, particularly against LGBTQ people.
The day was started in Nova Scotia, when two high school students saw a gay classmate being bullied for wearing pink. The students intervened and decided to do something to prevent future homophobic and transphobic bullying, according to the movement’s official site. The students decided to wear pink, and encouraged their classmate’s to do the same, in a show of solidarity. That Day of Pink has grown, with #DayofPink trending on Twitter and filling up Facebook news feeds.
The Toronto Police Service is a supporter, even changing its Twitter avatar and banner to a pink version for the day.
One Toronto officer dyed his hair pink, with a pledge to keep his hair the vibrant hue for a week if the post was re-tweeted 1,000 times (it was).