April 13th marks International Day of Pink, where Toronto District School Board staff and students wear pink in support of diversity and to raise awareness to stop discrimination, gender-based bullying, homophobia and transphobia. This day began at a Nova Scotia high school, when a student was bullied for wearing a pink shirt. His peers decided to take a stance against homophobic and transphobic bullying and got the entire school to wear pink in solidarity for the cause.
In partnership with Toronto Police Services, TDSB will join staff and students at Harbord Collegiate Institute to celebrate this day of action by highlighting student-based initiatives. A special assembly will be held this morning featuring song, dance, spoken word and a video from Mayor John Tory. Special guest speakers include Rose Cossar, Canadian Olympian and Rhythmic Gymnast, and Eugene Melnyk, Owner of the Ottawa Senators.
Although International Day of Pink is only celebrated annually, we ask students and staff to continue the commitment to being open-minded, to being understanding of differences and respecting one another throughout the year.