Posted by Tobi-Dawne
How many of you are familiar with the Day of Pink in Canada? It may have started small, but it is changing the landscape. Soon there’ll be a sea of pink all around us as Saskatchewan organizations have banded together to bring you an entire week to think pink!
Not so long ago, a young man wore a pink shirt to his high school in Nova Scotia. The homophobic bullies were out in force, and it did not go unnoticed. A couple days later a swarm of students wearing pink shirts showed up at school – in support of equality and the belief that we all deserve the right to be free of fear, free from hate and bigotry. Word spread, and soon people across Canada declared April 11th to be the Day of Pink – which is now being celebrated internationally.
This year, the Avenue Community Center in solidarity with several other organizations and businesses to bring us Pink Revolution! An entire week of pink, a celebration of diversity. The cities of Saskatoon, North Battleford, Swift Current, and Yorkton have all banded together in our cause and declared the week of March 30th – April 5th to be Saskatchewan’s Pink Revolution.
I’ll be out at some of the high schools, giving talks about gender, sex, and how we fit into the whole scheme of things. About how labels can both help and hinder us as we find how we belong. There will also be a multitude of other individuals out giving talks as well.
There are video and art contest in the works, as well as several anti-bullying events. I have to admit though, I’m most excited about Saskatoon’s first Pink Prom. That’s right! We’re having our first LGBTT2QIA prom! And rumor has it, that yours truly will be the official photographer.
Check out all the details at:
I hope to see you out and about during our week of pink here in Saskatoon (and look forward to hearing all about events occurring around Saskatchewan). There’s still plenty of time to get involved, so check out the website for volunteer opportunities. We owe it to our youth!
About Tobi-DawneTobi-Dawne Smith is many things to many people... photographer, canine behaviour expert, equal rights activist, green politician, lactivist, intactivist, writer, crafter, dog handler, third wave feminist, etc. But most important in her life is her role as mother to an amazing five year old. Learn more about TD at http://www.tobi-dawne.com/ follow her blog at https://td365.wordpress.com/ get to know her daughter at http://lilyannslemonade.wordpress.com/ or check out her work at http://tdphotography.me/
Posted on February 25, 2012, in Family, gender variant, lgbt, LGBTTQ, Parenting, People, Politics, saskatoon and tagged anti-bullying, bullying, day of pink, gay prom, high school, homophobic, LGBT, local, news, parenting, pink, pink prom, prom, saskatchewan, saskatoon, youth. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.