April 10th marks International Day of Pink, when 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. The Day of Pink is more than just a symbol of a shared belief in celebrating diversity – it’s also a commitment to being open-minded, accepting differences and learning to respect each other.
This year, we showcase celebrations at Queen Alexandra Middle School. There will be spoken word and performances by the Queen A choir, dance troupe, and steel pan band as well as Indigenous musician Aqua Nibii Waawaaskone and Metis Fiddler Alyssa Delbaere-Sawchuk. Mayor John Tory will be joining us, along with this year’s keynote speaker, Canadian Olympian and inspirational speaker Mark Tewksbury. Local businesses have donated refreshments and Eastdale CI students and staff are creating Pink treats. The Canadian Centre for Gender & Sexual Diversity will have some displays “History Makers Mini-Museum” that are excerpts from their new LGBTQI2+ museum that will be opening in Ottawa. Enjoy the display of individual photos of every student in the school holding their personal pledge (e.g., against hate speech).
International Day of Pink is celebrated every year at TDSB schools. Everyone can play a role in promoting a positive school climate by taking action to make schools safe and accepting.
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