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  • Writer's pictureJace Shoemaker-Galloway

World Redhead Day: Celebrating redheads & highlighting ‘ginger’ stigma

What is the first thing you notice about someone? It is their pearly whites, piercing baby blues or the color and/or style of their hair? Today we celebrate redheads from near and far. May 26 is World Redhead Day, an annual occasion created by the "Queen of Holidays."

With hues ranging from beautiful burgundy to bright copper, only one to two percent of people around the world have natural red hair. Whether the color is au natural or courtesy of a favorite hair salon, red locks are beautiful. World Redhead Day not only celebrates redheads around the globe but also “highlights” the stigma and discrimination some “gingers” face.

  • Redheads are often stereotyped as having feisty personalities with fiery tempers. Some face discrimination and bullying simply due to the color of their hair.

  • Thousands of redheads took part in the Ginger Pride Rally to march against bullying and name calling due to having red hair.

  • Prince Harry admitted to being bullied because of his hair color.

  • Dating site,, pulled an ad that suggested red hair and freckles are “imperfections” after receiving a slew of complaints.

  • Kick A Ginger Day, a satirical day inspired by the popular television series, South Park, left some middle school children with red hair “beaten and bleeding” after being targeted by their classmates. Police investigated the attack of six red-headed school children in Yorkshire. Some school officials in Canada suspended dozens of students for kicking their fellow students.

Bullying, discrimination and/or physical violence should not be tolerated.


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