April 9, 2014
This April 9th, 2014 marks the International Day of Pink, when the labour movement takes action to celebrate diversity and raise awareness to stop homophobic and transphobic bullying and harassment.
The Manitoba Federation of Labour and the Canadian Labour Congress encourage union members to participate in the International Day of Pink by wearing pink clothing to work and to support awareness campaigns at workplaces, in schools and in our communities.
The International Day of Pink was started in Nova Scotia when two straight high school students saw a gay student wearing a pink shirt, being bullied. The two students decided to stand up for their friend and schoolmate by purchasing pink shirts, and encouraging everyone at school to arrive wearing pink. The result was that an entire school protested against homophobic and transphobic bullying.
How can you get involved in the International Day of Pink?
Wear pink on April 9!
Download and create your own Day of Pink Shirt from the CLC’s iron-on templates here.
Find out more about activities you can do in your union, school, or community, and download other resources here.