Today is the Day of Pink – the International Day against Bullying, Discrimination, Homophobia, Transphobia, and Transmisogyny across the world. It is a day to celebrate diversity by wearing a pink shirt and by organizing activities in workplaces, schools and communities.
The wonderful reality of my daughter, and albeit many at the age of 6, is that the word ‘bullying’ is already a part of her vocabulary. Understanding what bullying is can be a very fluid conversation requiring lots of examples and explanations, but I’m pleased that it is not a hidden concept. It is a word that stands front and centre in her world.
More important, however, is that for her the idea of gender isn’t divided into pink and blue. The concept of love doesn’t have a gender judgement. Love is love. And although the conversations continue, and will for many years to come, an acceptance of all people has already begun.
Much of that is due to community initiatives such as the #DayofPink. Community, after all, is where change begins.
In celebration of today, we sat down and looked at pictures of pink animals, trees, beaches and sunsets. They will be flocking their wings, putting down roots and setting in the spirit of all things pink.
To all of those who have struggled, been brave and paved the way to the #DayofPink – thank you.
[tweetthis]Celebrating the #DayofPink[/tweetthis]