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NEWS: Break out the pink on April 13

March 9th, 2016 · No Comments

By Brian Burchell

University of Toronto Schools (UTS) will mark its third annual celebration of International Day of Pink with an expanded mandate to raise money for Sprott House, which opened last month in the Annex. Led by UTS guidance counsellor Catherine Wachter and organized by the students themselves, the day builds awareness of homophobia, transphobia, bullying, and discrimination in schools and communities. One of the largest events in the city, it culminates with a celebration in Matt Cohen Park at Bloor Street and Spadina Avenue that brings out community members and the Toronto Police Service’s mounted unit. It is supported by local businesses — many of whom donate prizes — and the Bloor Annex BIA, whose chair also publishes this newspaper.

“It’s hugely validating for the students to get outside with their message of tolerance and inclusiveness and have that validated by cars going by honking in support,” said Wachter.

Community members are encouraged to attend this year’s event on April 13 at 1:30 p.m. at the park. Don’t forget to don your pink.

For further information, please contact Catherine Wachter at 416-946-0223.



Sprott House opens new home for LGBTQ2S youth (February 2016)

Tentative deal for UTS (December 2015)

UTS goes pink, students unite (April 2015)

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