April 12, 2017 marks the International Day of Pink, a global movement taking place each year on the second Wednesday in April.
This initiative encourages people from all of the world to wear pink in solidarity against Bullying, Discrimination, Homophobia, Transphobia, and Transmisogyny. Founded by Jer’s Vision (now the Canadian Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity (CCGSD)) and run by volunteers, the Day of Pink started as a Canadian initiative in response to a bullying incident at a school in Nova Scotia (see Pink Shirt Day) and now has followers and supporters from all over the world.
“Discrimination comes in many forms, including the following: racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, ableism, ageism, colonialism, and antisemitism. These social diseases create barriers, bullying, harassment, hate and violence. No one should have to experience the negativity created by discrimination. The Day of Pink is more than just a symbol of a shared belief in celebrating diversity – it’s also a commitment to being open minded, accepting differences and learning to respect each other.” – Day of Pink website