PINK SHIRT DAY
Wednesday, February 24, 2021
Pink Shirt Day is about working together to stop bullying by celebrating
diversity and promoting positive social relationships. It’s about creating a
community where all people feel safe, valued and respected, regardless of
age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, ability or cultural background.
Celebrated annually around the globe, Pink Shirt Day began in Canada in
2007 when two students, David Shepherd and Travis Price, took a stand
against homophobic bullying after a Grade 9 student was harassed and
threatened for wearing pink.
“David Shepherd, Travis Price and their teenage friends organized a high school
protest to wear pink in sympathy with a Grade 9 boy who was being
bullied [for wearing a pink shirt]… [They] took a stand against bullying when
they protested against the harassment of a new Grade 9 student by
distributing pink t-shirts to all the boys in their school. ‘I learned that two
people can come up with an idea, run with it, and it can do wonders,’ says
Mr. Price, 17, who organized the pink protest… So Mr. Shepherd and some
others headed off to a discount store and bought 50 pink tank tops. They
sent out message to schoolmates that night, and the next morning they
hauled the shirts to school in a plastic bag. As they stood in the foyer handing
out the shirts, the bullied boy walked in. His face spoke volumes. ‘It looked
like a huge weight was lifted off his shoulders,’ Mr. Price recalled. The bullies
were never heard from again.” ~ Globe & Mail, 2007
At Gilmore, we strive to be Safe, Kind and Fair. We encourage ourselves
and one another to show compassion and empathy on a daily basis. On Pink
Shirt Day, we are reminded of the importance of supporting one another and
saying no to discrimination. Wearing pink shirts en masse as a community is
a simple but significant act of kindness.
Thank you, Gilmore families, for your participation in this initiative, and to all
who take a stand against bullying and homophobia!