Letter to the Editor – William Hennessy of Ottawa Ontario Reminds us April 13, 2011 is Day of Pink – No More Bullying!

Letter to the Editor – William Hennessy of Ottawa Ontario Reminds us April 13, 2011 is Day of Pink – No More Bullying!

April 13 is the Day of Pink, the International Day against Bullying, Discrimination, and Homophobia, where everyone is encouraged to show their support by wearing pink.

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Homophobia and other forms of discrimination are a pressing issue in Canadian society.  Egale Canada, a Canadian gay rights advocacy group, recently released a report stating that 75% of all Canadian LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning) students feel unsafe in their own classroom.  This is in part because homophobia is a form of discrimination that is often ignored, or not categorized as bullying, when it should be.  According to dayofpink.org:

Discrimination comes in many forms including racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, ableism, ageism and anti-semitism just to name a few. These social diseases create barriers, bullying, harassment, hate and violence. No one should have to experience the negativity created by discrimination. DayofPink 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.

So whether as a member of a school, community, business, organization, or as an individual, please support this worthy cause by wearing a pink shirt.  It doesn’t matter what sexual orientation you are.

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What matters is that you are embracing your responsibility as a human being to recognize the rights and legitimacy of all people, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, or identity.

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As the Canadian philosopher Charles Taylor said:

“Due recognition is not just a courtesy we owe people.  It is a vital human need.”

 

William Hennessy, Ottawa

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