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Letter writing: Pink Shirt Day (2nd of 2)

Letter writing: Pink Shirt Day

In 2011 queer (gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender) youth groups initiated a letter-writing campaign to Prime Minister John Key as a national protest against bullying of queer youth. Letter writers were encouraged to include their own experiences of bullying to show how if affected their lives. The aim was to send these letters on Pink Shirt Day (14 April), which raises awareness of bullying. Over 3,000 letters were received by the prime minister's office. These young people in Nelson hold some of the letters ready for posting.

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Nelson Mail
Reference: 14 April 2011
Photograph by Martin de Ruyter

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Ben Schrader, 'Public protest - Letter writing, petitions, meetings and rallies', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/35082/letter-writing-pink-shirt-day (accessed 21 November 2019)

Story by Ben Schrader, published 20 Jun 2012, updated 1 Jul 2015