Statement from David Swann: Pink Shirt Day

CALGARY, AB (February 25, 2015): Dr. David Swann has released the following statement to mark Pink Shirt Day:

“Pink Shirt Day was organized by high school students in Nova Scotia who wanted to make their world and their community a kinder and more accepting place.

“Today, many Albertans are also proudly wearing pink to send a message of respect and tolerance and to stand up against bullying.

“We as a society have come to realize the old adage that says, ‘sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me’, is simply not true. Words do hurt. And bullying can leave long-lasting emotional and physical scars.

“People across Alberta have also expressed their overwhelming support for efforts to make their schools more inclusive and welcoming environments.

“We have championed this initiative last year through the introduction of Motion 503 and Bill 202, the Safe & Inclusive Schools Statutes Amendment Act, which sought to ensure students’ rights to form a Gay-Straight Alliance club in their schools, as these clubs have been shown to reduce bullying for all students, not just those who associate themselves with the LGBTQ community.

“Similarly, by participating in Pink Shirt Day, we are telling the world we want more inclusion and acceptance and less hatred and bigotry.

“Regardless of what colour of shirt we have on today, we can all take a moment to stand up against bullying and show our support for this important campaign.

“Happy Pink Shirt Day!”