A beautiful online video tribute from Davey Wavey.
“When it comes to the tragic suicides – like that of Jamey Rodemeyer – that our community continues to face, it’s hard to find the words. So, I made this video.”
A reminder that kids are subject to bullying and Spirit Day is almost upon us again.
One of my favorite online publications Box Turtle Bulletin has just published a most interesting article titled Suicide, Responsibility and the Teenaged Brain by Rob Tisinai. Given my feelings on the issue of kids being driven to suicide because of bullying and society’s ignorance I think it is a must read.
Anti-gay activists are working hard to duck responsibility for anti-gay bullying and teen suicides. These attempts occasionally veer into sheer lunacy, as when they claim gay teens are in despair because society is too accepting of homosexuality. But there’s one dodge I find particularly offensive. From the comments on NOM’s Facebook page:
The only people responsible for the suicides are the people that comitted them.
Nobody forces anyone to take his own life; ergo, only those who commit suicide are responsible.
Each person is responsible 4 their own actions. U make believe u r gay. God did not make u gay & He does not make u commit sucicide. nor does anyone else
I don’t know if gay is always a choice, or not. But suicide is ALWAYS a choice. The ultimate cop-out.
I watched this last night and could see from the expression on Anderson’s face that he was pissed. One thing I have learned for certain is that when it comes to bullying it is best not to get on the wrong side of CNN’s Anderson Cooper or he will go after you like a Tomahawk missile.
Video link via @JoeMyGod
I am not a religious person but this bishop telling his congregation he is gay in such a classy and in-depth way is pretty darned amazing. I would urge everyone to watch it.
One of my favorite new performers, whose character Prince Poppycock is a celebration of novel and different, speaks out against hate and bullying. When we don’t embrace difference we lose the chance to celebrate lives such as his. As he says “a rainbow wouldn’t be a rainbow if it were missing a single color.”
On October 20, 2010, Spirit Day, let’s commemorate the amazing lives the world has lost because of bullying by wearing one of those colors – purple. Lives lost that could have made the world just a little more beautiful.
My interview with Psychologist and Criminologist Renee Cummings about bullying …and she has a background in dealing with LGBT people. This was part of my commitment to Seth and Asher and I hope I did their memory proud.
Let’s remember them on October 20th, 2010 on Spirit Day and wear purple. If you choose to join me – thank you. I feel I could have done more for them but I guess we all could. I posted these interviews but that still seems like not enough. Let the lives of those who committed suicide because they were bullied for being different not be in vain.
Thank you Renee for being part of my contribution to the It Gets Better project.
Wear purple on the 20th !
If you have a Blackberry ( I don’t) or a Nokia ( I do) or any other phone that does scan this. If you actually care then post it on your blog, Facebook page or on Twitter.
I am always deeply grateful that people read this blog and, given the change of tone lately to make it more relevant, I am especially happy to see that it has resonated. There is a global family out there of people who resent inequality and who want to see an end to hatred and little kids being driven to despair. Like many of you I went through what they are going through and we should all feel very angry that it is still happening now.
Based on this random capture of some of the readers that visited today and the fact that many of them read about Spirit Day on October 20, 2010 I hope that the world looks a bit more purple that day. I am just one voice and I am sure there are hundreds of thousands of us on the web calling for a change. An end to hatred and an end to kids feeling that there is something wrong with them just because they are a bit different. And if you are a young person reading this – look at how big your family is – in just a few hours on one small blog coming from a very small island.
We care and if we all raise our voices together we can change the world.
From what is quick becoming one of my favourite sites for news. AmericaBlog Gay.
Fort Worth City Councilman Joel Burns reaches out to LGBT teens with a personal story and a message of hope.
On October 20th wear purple in memory of these and many more wonderful lives we have lost to hatred.