Today is the “International Day of Pink”!
For those who may not know, the purpose of this day is to create a more inclusive and diverse world.
This day encourages young people (and all people) to challenge social norms, ask more of their educators, and stand up against bullying towards their 2SLGBTQIA+ peers.
It is also referred to as the “International Day against Bullying, Discrimination, Homophobia, Transphobia, and Transmisogyny” across the world.
As the Founder & CEO of MAPA Translations, I can proudly say that we support this observance and what it stands for.
At MAPA, we firmly believe in the importance of taking the time to look around us and thinking about how we perceive and react to others who are “different” from us, whether they are from another country and culture, speak another language, or have a different sexual orientation or gender than we do.
It’s good practice to put ourselves in someone else’s shoes and see the world from their perspective.
For example, can you imagine being born and raised in the U.S. and then, when you’ve just become a teenager, your parents suddenly tell you that you are moving to a country across the globe?
How would it feel to be in a country where English isn’t the dominant language or everyone didn’t look or follow the same cultural norms that you’re used to?
It’s already hard enough to be a teen in your own country of birth, imagine being transported, probably against your will, to a place where everything is new and “different”!
How the Day of Pink got started
Two straight high school students saw a gay student who was wearing a pink shirt being bullied. They intervened but wanted to do more.
So, they bought a few pink shirts and a few days later they got everyone at the school to wear pink. In solidarity, the entire school took a stand against homophobic bullying.
Wearing pink can definitely be a way of showing your support and solidarity for the cause but don’t feel like you need to rush out to the store to buy something pink today!
How can you support the cause?
If you have something pink in your closet, go ahead and wear it! Or, you can also show your support by
– posting a throwback photo of yourself wearing something pink
– taking a selfie while wearing bright pink lipstick
– sharing an image of pink flowers
And, when you post on social media, don’t forget to use the hashtag #dayofpink.
We’d like you to celebrate diversity and inclusivity with us today and every day!
We also encourage you to invite others to do the same and consider organizing activities (today, next year or any time in the future) at your place of business, where you go to school, and in your communities!
Pink is powerful!
With love and light, Drita
Photo Credit (top photo with pink boa): Christine McShane Creative
P.S. If you like, instead of wearing something pink or sharing a photo of a pink flower, try drinking or eating something pink like this dragon fruit “bowl” courtesy of my friend and personal trainer Gui at CoreFit!