For the second year in a row on October 20, Emery Barnes Park in Yaletown will be the scene of the Day of Purple rally to remember those youth that have committed suicide due to homophobic bullying.
On Thursday, October 20, 2011 beginning at 7pm, Vancouverites will stand together to bring attention to the ongoing issue of bullying which continues in our local schools and communities. A year to the date of the first Day of Purple, rally organizers are asking participants to wear something purple and participate “to remember the youth who took their own lives due to homophobic bullying and to show people that it gets better.”
According to the group’s Facebook page, over 2,200 people have already stated they will be attending.
At 9:30am the same day, Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson will proclaim October 20 as “Purple Shirt Day” as a day to remember those who have committed suicide with homophobic or transphobic bullying as a major factor. The proclamation will recognize both the vigil and the work of the Purple Letter Campaign in trying to make schools safer for youth. Rally organizer Anthea Ballam and Purple Letter Campaign organizer Ryan Clayton will be on hand to receive the proclamation.
Day of Purple: Rally Against Homophobic Bullying
Thursday, October 20, 2011 @ 7pm
Emery Barnes Park, Richards & Davie Streets, Vancouver
Visit the group’s Facebook event page for more information.