It’s Day of Pink tomorrow, April 11, 2019.
I have seen the rows of pink shirts on display at my daughter’s school, with words of encouragement and advice on how to be more caring. I hope that these are words that go beyond the assignment and the
t-shirt slogan, and show up out loud on the playground, in the school yard, in the hallways, at home.
Spotlight on LGBTQ2S
Day of Pink is a day that we highlight LGBTQ2S-identified folks, and the need for safer spaces because of homophobia, biphobia and transphobia. There is still work to do to create safer spaces for kids and adults who are bravely living their lives as who they are every day in a world that doesn’t always see them, admire their courage, or celebrate them.
I hope Day of Pink doesn’t become merely an “anti-bullying” exercise.
Bullying and lack of compassion can affect any one of us. But it’s important to shed light on the ways ignorance and bigotry affect specific groups of people…still. Marginalized groups. Historically disadvantaged groups. However you want to label these groups of people who face discrimination based on identity. Like people who are LGBTQ2S-identified, in this case.
Empathy and Compassion
We need to talk more about empathy and compassion, across the board.
And we can’t forget that for some people, experiences of bullying and fear are not one-offs or once-in-a-whiles, but a daily occurrence – simply because of who they are.
What are you doing to show your LGBTQ allyship this Wednesday, and every day?