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Pink T-Shirt Day

What Pink T-Shirt Day Means to Me

By Calvin Newman“Don’t listen to that voice in your head that tells you to back down” was always a piece of advice that my grandmother always told me whilst growing up. As a transman and an active member of the LGBQT+ community, I have learnt not to listen to anyone or anything else that tells me that I am not good enough. Every day, too many people are bullied because of differences. Bullying. Discrimination. Degregration. Bullying can happen in kids or adults. It can happen based on race, sexual orientation or just how someone identifies. There’s no restriction to where it happens or when. Bullying has no limits.

In Canada, in the LGBQT+ community, an astounding 85 percent of school aged children reported being verbally harassed based on sexual orientation, and 40 percent report physical harassment as well (CBC, 2010). According to the Candian Institues of Health Research (2012), LGBQT+ youth get bullied three times more as heterosexual youth. Three times. Let that sink in. So while 1 in 3 youth are already being bullied, 75% of those children belong to our community (Candian Institues of Health Research, 2012). No wonder why Egale (2013) reports that LGBQT+ youth are “4 times more likely to attempt suicide than their heterosexual peers”. Being bullied adds more distress to people trying to figure out who they are.

By treating each other with respect and love that we all deserve, we can eliminate bullying one step at a time. Today we wear a pink shirt to take a stand against any form of harassment, whether it be verbal, physical or emotional. By wearing pink, it unifies us by saying that discrimination is not welcomed in our lives; there is no reason bullying should exist at all. Rather, we are all deserving of equal love. We don’t have to fit into a stereotype, rather we can be ourselves, and be proud of it. Today, we our who we are and will fight for freedom to live in a bully-free society.

Calvin is a local transman that has been involved with Pride on Campus at Red Deer College and now is presently working on Central Alberta Pride’s event committee. Activist by heart, he is studying to be a pharmacy technician by day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Candian Institues of Health Research (2012). Candian bullying statistics. Retrieved from http://www.cihr-irsc.gc.ca/e/45838.html

CBC (2010). Bullying and sexual orientation by the numbers. Retrieved from http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/bullying-and-sexual-orientation-by-the-numbers-1.909444

Egale (2013). What you should know about LGBTG youth suicide in canada. Retrieved from https://egale.ca/backgrounder-lgbtq-youth-suicide/.

 

Central Alberta Pride Society presents Pride Week August 13 – 20, 2017

Central Alberta Pride Society (CAPS) proudly presents Central Alberta Pride Week August 13 – 20, 2017. Events will be held throughout the week to celebrate diversity and foster a sense of pride in Central Alberta. Members of the LGBTQ+ community, their families, friends and allies are invited to celebrate with us.

“Central Alberta Pride Week is a time to get together as a community to celebrate and honour who we are as persons, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or expression,” said Serge Gingras, Board Chair. “It is also a remembrance of LGBTQ+ history; an acknowledgement of past and current struggles here at home, in our community, and in other parts of the world.”

Central Alberta Pride Week festivities will kick off with Pride in the Park at Bower Ponds on Sunday, August 13. Pride in the Park will feature a Mayor’s Proclamation followed by an afternoon of live entertainment, food trucks, games and activities for the whole family. Several events are scheduled for the remainder of the week, including family friendly bowling, movies, and the highly anticipated Drag Show & Dance on Saturday, August 19 at the Sheraton Red Deer Hotel. A complete schedule is available at www.centralalbertapride.ca/events.

Sponsors and volunteers are needed to help make Pride Week successful. Anyone interested in getting involved is asked to visit www.centralalbertapride.ca or email centralabpride@gmail.com.

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For more information, contact:

Serge Gingras
Chair, Board of Directors
Central Alberta Pride Society
403-872-0513
centralabpride@gmail.com
www.centralalbertapride.ca