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Pink Shirt Day and International Day of Pink

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In 2007, a Grade 9 student in Nova Scotia faced homophobic taunts and threats of violence for wearing a pink shirt to school. As a sign of support and to take a stand against 2SLGBTQI+ bullying, David Shepherd and Travis Price bought and wore pink shirts to school. Other students at the school joined their movement to show support, which sent a message to the school community that homophobia and bullying would not be tolerated. This action led to the annual recognition of Pink Shirt Day, which falls on February 28, 2024.

This year we are encouraging OSSTF/FEESO Members to wear their commitment to Pink Shirt Day, as well as the International Day of Pink on Wednesday, April 10, 2024, as we celebrate visibility in all its forms – being seen, actively listened to, respected, and acknowledged.

OSSTF/FEESO is committed to supporting community organizations and, therefore, is recommending these two organizations from which to purchase pink t-shirts:

Indigenous Pink Shirt

Pink Shirt Day

District or Bargaining Unit purchases of these t-shirts can be reimbursed under Provincial Account #2085 – Advancing Human Rights Special District Programs. Support the anti-bullying initiatives in 2024 by planning activities and learning opportunities using helpful resources from OSSTF/FEESO and the following external organizations:

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