About Days of Pink Yellowknife
In November 2015, The Canadian Centre for Gender & Sexual Diversity (CCGSD) asked Mayor Heyck and the City of Yellowknife to organize an event called “Day of Pink” in celebration of the International Day against Bullying, Discrimination, Homophobia, Transphobia and Transmisogyny on April 13th 2016. In response to this, Mayor Heyck reached out to us! We put together a committee, turned it into a full week-long outreach festival, and figured out our goals. We're excited to be continuing this project in 2020.
The Days of Pink are about talking honestly and openly with our peers about the bullying and violence that people deal with when expressing their love and their gender.
We believe that when talking honestly and openly about these things, we’re able to educate ourselves and fight ignorance in our community.
We address this by asking questions about how we express our gender, what gender means to different people, how we love and who we love, and how we can stop bullying and violence that people deal with when expressing their love and their gender.
We believe that a safe Yellowknife for everybody includes a safe space for Two-Spirit, orientation diverse and gender diverse people!
The Origins of The Day of Pink
“The International Day of Pink was started in Nova Scotia when 2 straight high school students saw a gay student wearing a pink shirt being bullied. The 2 students intervened, but wanted to do more to prevent homophobic & transphobic bullying. They decided to purchase pink shirts, and a few days later got everyone at school to arrive wearing pink, standing in solidarity. The result was that an entire school took a stand and began working together to prevent homophobic & transphobic bullying.” (DayOfPink.org/about)
The Day of Pink has grown into a Canada-wide event in April. The Rainbow Coalition of Yellowknife has successfully organized Day of Pink movements in Yellowknife, and supported other groups (like Gender & Sexuality Alliances in schools) to be able to host their own events. Every year, we plan a full week of events and change the "Day of Pink" to the "Days of Pink".
How to Participate in Days of Pink
Days of Pink Ambassadors
The Ambassadors of the Days of Pink Outreach Festival are typically selected members of the community who are actively working to end homophobia, biphobia and transphobia.
This year, we're asking YOU to nominate folx in your community that you think are doing good work around this topic! There's no age restriction because we know, young and old, that there are awesome advocates in our communities.
Nominations open up on Monday, March 9th, 2020 and close Sunday, March 22nd, 2020.
Nominate an Ambassador here.
Tickets for the Rainbow Proms go on sale Friday, March 13th, 2020.
Youth Rainbow Prom Tickets: $10 (message us to claim one or buy one at the door)
Adult Rainbow Prom Tickets: $15 (limited low-income earner tickets) and $30 (average to high income earner tickets)
Tickets can be purchased by:
- Messaging us on social media
- Sending us an e-transfer (MUST include your full name and # of tickets you're purchasing)
- Buying in-person with cash
- Buying in-person with cash at the door (day of the event, limited quantities)
A great big thank you to our sponsors so far who are making Days of Pink 2020 Outreach Festival a major success!
- United Way NWT
- Explorer Hotel
More are added every day!