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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

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Pride Rainbow

If you are not sure what you can do to help send the message that you believe in equality, and want to help make safe spaces for gender variant and sexual minority youth, I have one thing to say to you:

PRIDE RAINBOW

Yep.  It’s that easy.  Wear a pride rainbow pin, put up a rainbow flag in your classroom, stick up a pride window decal at your place of business.  Be visible!  It may seem like a really small thing – but when people see that rainbow, they know they are in a space that is welcoming and safe.  Many won’t understand it’ significance, but those who need it will.

The Lady Almalthea

The wee girlie and I watched The Last Unicorn this morning.  It’s a mutual favourite.  🙂  Then, this afternoon, when we were getting ready to head out to see Pop Pop and Grams (my parents), she said she wanted to wear sparkles to look like the Lady Almalthea.  When I asked her if she’d like a star on her forehead just like Almalthea, Lily-Ann couldn’t have been more excited.  So she sat very still while I penciled, painted, then sparkled it in – four layers to be exact, to ensure it didn’t smudge or get icky on her.  And then she proudly showed it off to everyone we encountered.  LOL  But first she posed (with her Pride flag) so I could take a picture of her pretty unicorn star… and she did her very best to look Almalthea-ish.

trying to look like the Lady Almalthea from The Last Unicorn

Lily-Ann aka Lady Almalthea

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