Gingers spoke out loud and proud at the recent Ginger Pride Rally with a clear message that they will no longer be bullied. In fact, they spent the day celebrating their copper hair in true style, drinking ginger beer!
The inaugural Ginger Pride Rally saw redheads take pride in their locks and their identity, as a crowd of thousands of ginger-haired folk armed with flags and signs marched for Ginger Pride, congratulating each other on sporting the rarest, most spectacular genes in the world. In fact, only around 2% of the population have the gene, making them special indeed. Ironically, I spent much of my teenage years colouring my hair red and copper for the ginger look. But while I did it for compliments, many of my ginger-haired friends copped a mouthful of insults and experienced incessant bullying.
But the festival, hosted by Buderim Ginger, called for redheads to come together and to celebrate Ginger Pride and say ‘no’ to bullying. United.
“It’s no secret that gingers are used to being teased for their flaming locks and freckles, experiencing unfair prejudice and misrepresentation since the dark ages,” explained Buderim Ginger Marketing Manager Jacqui Price. “It’s time we say ENOUGH!”
Jacqui says the festival was modelled on the highly successful Redhead Marches and related gatherings happening in countries around the world. “Australia was the next to step, with its own Rally celebrating the beauty of being a redhead.”
The festival was supported by Bully Zero Australia Foundation and The Red and Nearly Ginger Association (R.A.N.G.A), which exists as the peak special interest body for Ginger issues.
Bully Zero’s Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director, Oscar Yildiz JP, said they were excited to partner with Buderim Ginger to take a stand against bullying and celebrate the diversity of people that make up our community.
“We will take a united front to shed light on the fact that bullying affects children through to adults for such trivial factors such as hair colour or freckles, and make it very clear that bullying is never OK,” explained Oscar. “We hope the Ginger Pride Rally helps to foster acceptance and diversity in the community, because we should all celebrate and be proud of what makes each person an individual.”
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ABOUT: The Ginger Pride Rally was hosted by Buderim Ginger. In the last 74 years, Buderim Ginger has grown from a small farming community and ginger growers cooperative to one of the world’s largest suppliers of ginger. Today Buderim Ginger is known as the finest purveyor of all things ginger, producing an impressive variety of Australian favourites from its infamous ginger beer and ginger snack range to its beloved original ginger marmalade recipe. Main image: DUTCH FESTIVAL Credit: Flickr qsimple Creative Commons 2