On Wednesday, April 24th 2016, territorial MLAs showed their support for Pink Shirt Day. Pink Shirt Day is the International Day Against Bullying and it’s a day where everybody around the country chooses to wear pink as an act of solidarity with those who experience bullying every day.
It’s important to participate in events like this, because it brings more awareness to the realities for young people (and old!) who have to navigate bullying, which is most often than not, also violence. It Gets Better Yellowknife thanks all the Members who participated in the event, and especially thanks the Members who chose to discuss Pink Shirt Day during Session on Wednesday. Mr. Kieron Testart, Mr. Cory Vanthuyne, Mr. Shane Thompson and the Honourable Alfred Moses all discussed the importance of standing up against bullying during the Legislative Assembly on Wednesday.
It Gets Better Yellowknife is so happy to be organizing the Days of Pink, a continuation of Pink Shirt Day with a special focus on LGBTQ+ young people and homophobic & transphobic bullying. Pink Shirt Day is great to bring awareness to the issue of bullying, but we need concrete action and honest conversation. 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.