Pink Shirt Day began in Nova Scotia, Canada in 2007. A group of students decided to defend a kid who was bullied for wearing a pink shirt. In a show of solidarity, many of his peers turned up to school the next day wearing pink shirts, and PSD was born. By wearing a pink shirt, people identify themselves as an ally. The pink shirt is a way of showing those being bullied that there are many people around who care.
We’ve been celebrating Pink Shirt Day in New Zealand since 2009 and the event grows stronger and larger every year. In 2014, the Mental Health Foundation, The Peace Foundation, Family Works, Youthline, QSA Network, Rainbow Youth and the New Zealand Post Primary Teachers’ Association came together to help organise and celebrate Pink Shirt Day.
If you would like to celebrate Pink Shirt Day at your school or workplace, t-shirts, wristbands, stickers and more are available through the Pink Shirt Day website.
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