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Pink Shirt Day and Day of Pink

To: All members of OSSTF District 3

Pink Shirt Day and Day of Pink


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, David Shepard and Travis Price bought and wore pink shirts to school. Other students at the school joined their movement to show support that sent a message to the school community that homophobia and bullying would not be tolerated.

Once again, OSSTF/FEESO members will join together to wear their commitment to kindness on Wednesday, February 23, 2022, and on the International Day of Pink on Wednesday, April 13, 2022.

Due to the existing COVID-19 in-person restrictions, OSSTF/FEESO is not offering our in-house pink shirts for sale this year. However, there are a variety of Canadian organizations selling pink t-shirts to recognize these two important days, including:

Indigenous Pink Shirt

#IndigenousPinkShirt

The Pink T-Shirt Day Society

Support the anti-bullying initiatives in 2022 by planning activities and learning opportunities using helpful OSSTF/FEESO-produced member resources including:

Still Not Laughing, a resource that challenges sexual and gender-based harassment in schools.
Shout Out Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Transphobia and Heterosexism

Additional resources can be accessed at OSSTF/FEESO Resource Centre, the Pink Shirt Day website and on the Day of Pink website.