A2Z – Bullying

Blogging our way from A to Z on sexual and gender identity - Bullying

For those who don’t know, we are currently celebrating Pink Revolution, which is a Saskatchewan initiative that got it’s start from the Day of Pink.  Pink Revolution is a week long anti-bullying campaign in it’s very first year, beginning on March 30th it will finish up on April 5th.  The Day of Pink follows on April 11th.  If you haven’t gotten your Pink Revolution T-shirts yet they are available through The Avenue Community Center or Diva’s for only $5.  Day of Pink shirts can be purchased through their website.

In contrast to what some think, bullying is everyone’s responsibility.  And homophobic bullying is putting many of our youth to the test.  We read the stories, over and over again.  Youth that were harassed to the breaking point, unable to handle the torment, looking for any way out.  Youth that needed to know they weren’t alone, youth who needed someone – anyone – to step up to the plate.

Some people wonder why I’m so vocal on issues of bullying.  The fact of the matter is we never know who we may reach.  I refuse to stay silent.  Our young people need to hear from adults and other youth who get it, who have their heads on straight, and who get just how wrong homophobic bullying is.  We need to speak out in support of our gender creative children and our gender variant youth.  It is our responsibility.

Be visible.  Wear a flag pin, put on a Pink Revolution t-shirt, join your school’s GSA – make some noise.  Be heard.  Make a difference.  You just may be that light in the dark someone needed to see.

the april a to z blog challenge

About Tobi-Dawne

Tobi-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 April 2, 2012, in AtoZchallenge, gender variant, lgbt, LGBTTQ, Parenting and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. What a great subject for the A to Z challenge! I was brought here by this, and I think it’s incredibly important to speak out against problems in life, whatever ones are close to your heart. I know more than a few transgendered people, and you are touching on some very emotional subjects. Good for you, for bringing them to light!

    My blog is not nearly as “important”– I’m an artist by trade, so I talk about that, mostly, on my blog– but I do touch on things close to my heart. I have a chronic pain condition, and I was told by my followers that reading the posts about that were touching, informative, and inspirational. I was able to touch people with my “message”– and you are doing the same thing. Kudos ❤

    Anyway, I sent your blog along to one of my friends. I think it will truly help her out. Thank you for posting about this important issue, and breaking the wall of silence that so often accompanies things like this!

    *~* Julia *~* http://beautifullywhimsical.blogspot.com *~*

    • Thank you so much for your kind words Julia. I think any time we share something close to our hearts, any time we open ourselves and freely give of whats there, it’s an opportunity to inspire and grow. We all have something important to give – and that’s ourselves, pure and simple. Sure, we open ourselves to some major criticisms, but it’s worth it to let folk know they aren’t alone.

  2. Brilliant subject .. bullying is absolutely everywhere those days. Terrible. Kids to elderly .. all nationalities, sexes … Why ????? There is space for us all …

  3. Bullying is awful and getting worse and worse. It’s good to stand up against it. Thanks for posting.

    • Actually the contrary, as people are becoming more aware and less afraid, bullying is lessening. It’s fairly uncommon these days for someone to be beaten to death or near to it – and only a decade or so ago it was a relatively common occurrence, keeping people from living authentic lives out of fear. Things are getting better, but we have a long way to go still.

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