Day of Pink

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No pink to wear, but I offer this Bumblebee (Bombus cryptarum) with Bleeding Hearts as recompense…

 

This is the Day of Pink, the International Day against Bullying, Discrimination, Homophobia and Transphobia in schools and communities. I would have ignored it if it wasn’t for the news this morning, and my daughter’s reaction to it.

She was exasperated, angered that most Wild Rose and Conservative party members at the Alberta Legislature had shot down a motion (put forward by Calgary Liberal MLA Kent Hehr) that would have made gay-straight alliances mandatory in schools where students have requested one. These  alliances consist of students working together to combat homophobia and bullying, and they have been considered life-savers by many. It’s hard to understand the reluctance to support it.

Could this possibly be in any way related to the fact that Alberta still  funds faith-based education?

It was.

 

 

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4 Comments

  1. Gary Anweiler 9 April, 2014 at 4:48 PM #

    Bombus cryptarum….the new bumblebee in town…… soon to be with us out there again…..

    • Adrian 9 April, 2014 at 4:50 PM #

      You’re getting good Gary! I didn’t think there would be enough detail on this one to ID. Thanks again.

  2. Margie 29 April, 2014 at 9:02 AM #

    Your photos are wonderful! I just started taking macro photos of insects last year, and it has opened up a whole new world in my backyard.

    • Adrian 25 May, 2014 at 1:06 PM #

      Thanks Margie!