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[TPS] – Toronto Police Service celebrates International Day of Pink with students

In Writing (all kinds) on April 13, 2016 at 10:19 AM

Toronto Police Service
News Release

Toronto Police Service celebrates International Day of Pink with students

Wednesday, April 13, 201610:14 AM
Corporate Communications
416-808-7100

On Wednesday, April 13, 2016, the Toronto Police Service, in partnership with the students at Harbord Collegiate Institute, celebrated the International Day of Pink by highlighting student-based, anti-bullying initiatives and an awareness video created by members of the Service’s Lesbian Gay Bisexual Trans Queer (LGBTQ) Internal Support Network.

Students at Harbord Collegiate Institute have been spending the last several weeks developing anti-bullying campaigns and displayed them for the first time at the celebration. Projects included dance and spoken-word performances, videos and other presentations by various student groups.

This year, students heard from special guest speaker Olympic gymnast Rosie Cossar, who shared her story with the students. Also bringing a strong message was Ottawa Senators owner, Eugene Melnyk, who spoke about his personal feelings toward LGBTQ-based bullying.

“LGBTQ youth face bullying, harassment and discrimination on a daily basis,” said Chief Mark Saunders. “We need to remember to stand up and support this community, not just on the International Day of Pink, but every day going forward. I am committed to leading the way on behalf of the Toronto Police Service and especially for my LGBTQ members.”

The International Day of Pink started when a Nova Scotia teen was bullied for wearing a pink shirt to school. His fellow students rallied by all wearing pink and showed their solidarity against LGBT-based discrimination.

The Toronto Police Service would like to thank the following community partners for their support and dedication to making this year’s International Day of Pink event a success:

– Toronto Police Service LGBTQ Community Consultative Committee
– Harbord Collegiate Institute
– Toronto District School Board
– Amazing Party Store
– Balloon Celebrations

For anyone who is a victim of bullying, has witnessed bullying, or who is a bully, there are resources available. Please visit any of the following websites for support:

Toronto PFLAG
Kids HelpPhone
SOY – Supporting Our Youth
The 519 Community Centre
Egale Canada

Please download the Toronto Police Service Mobile App for iOS or Android.

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

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