Stemming from the horrific times we call the late 2000’s, Pink Shirt Day began in Canada when two students, David Shepherd and Travis Price, took a stand against homophobic bullying after a new year 10 student was harassed and threatened for wearing pink. After the word was released online, hundreds of students turned up to school in pink, standing together against bullying. Ever since, pink shirt day has been celebrated internationally, spreading awareness towards bullying, particularly homophobic and transphobic bullying. Personally, I find that Newlands College is quite an open school, and events like this make it possible for people to be who they are. For Newlands College, pink shirt day is a time where we acknowledge that people can be having a hard time, and help them out by showing our support. Pink shirt day is a time to look forward to yearly, where pupils come together and show what they will stand for.
– Grace Prior (12WA)