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International Day of Pink
April 12, 2023
The International Day of Pink is a worldwide anti-bullying and anti-homophobia event where participants are encouraged to wear or display a pink shirt, echoing a mass gesture of solidarity with a student subjected to homophobic bullying in Cambridge, Nova Scotia, Canada in 2007.
The International Day of Pink is a worldwide anti-bullying and anti-homophobia event held annually during the second week of April. Though similar to Pink Shirt Day (held in February) in that it also seeks to end all bullying, the Day of Pink is more specifically aimed towards anti-LGBTQ+ bullying.
The event was sparked when a gay Canadian high-school student was witnessed by two fellow students as being bullied at their school for wearing a pink shirt. The two students got everyone at their school to wear pink the following day as a gesture of support, inspiring Jer’s Vision (now Canadian Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity) to establish the International Day of Pink.
In 2012, over 8 million people participated. It is run by youth volunteers in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.