TORONTO– Liberal Leader Bob Rae made the following statement on the International Day of Pink against Bullying, Discrimination, Homophobia and Transphobia:
“The International Day of Pink brings students and communities across Canada and around the world together to celebrate diversity and raise awareness so as to stop bullying, discrimination, homophobia and transphobia.
The sad reality is that bullying is far too prevalent. In Canada alone, 1 in 10 girls and 1 in 5 boys report being bullied at least twice a month, and this statistic is even starker among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) students, 65% of whom say they feel unsafe at school.
As we approach the 30th Anniversary of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, it is important to remember that in Canada everyone has a right to safety and security. We all have a role to play – in politics, in our schools, in sports, everywhere – to make sure that our communities are places where people feel safe and secure, welcome and accepted.
So today we wear pink to symbolize our stand against bullying, discrimination, homophobia and transphobia, but tomorrow and everyday thereafter, the Liberal Party will continue to fight for a safer, more equal and a more just Canada for all our children.”