International Day of Pink falls on April 14, this year. Everyone is encouraged to wear a pink shirt and stand in solidarity with the 2SLGBTQIA+ community. The 2SLGBTQIA+ community is not immune to discrimination, bullying, harassment and violence. From an intersectional gender-based violence lens, the 2SLGBTQIA+ community experiences a higher risk of abuse and violence. Though much work has been done to provide protection and equality, there is still so much more we need to do. As allies, we must advocate for better laws and protections.
When members from the 2SLGBTQIA+ community experience violence and abuse, they often face tremendous barriers when looking for support. Services often lack the skills and experiences to truly support survivors. This results in survivors feeling more alone and unsupported. As allies, we must give our youth the skills to learn how to stop the cycle of violence. We must give our youth the skills they need to safely intervene when they see someone being bullied. We must teach our youth the importance of equality and safety.
Challenging our own personal bias and ignorance helps us be better leaders, parents and friends. If you are not sure where to start – try reading a few articles. The Centre for Research and Education on Violence Against Women and Children offers insights into intimate partner violence within the 2SLGBTQIA+ community in a report called: “Intimate Partner Violence within the Rainbow Community”. Build on your learning, by reading and understanding the impact of IPV on 2SLGBTQIA+ community.
You can learn how to safely intervene when you see someone experiencing gender-based violence. Learn to Be More Than A Bystander.