Posts tagged ‘I’m from Driftwood’

October 12, 2012

Today Was National Coming Out Day

An interesting day given the state of the world and the changes that are happening like an unstoppable tide. Admittedly the progress towards accepting the human rights of LGBT people has not been even around the globe but forward movement is forward movement and it is heartening. Sad that some people still feel that there is one acceptable bastion of allowable hatred and that is towards a group that loves in a way they do not understand. The key word is ‘love’ but that never features in their arguments as their obsession with the mechanics of sex seems to dominate their thoughts.

The fact is, as US Secretary of State ( and quite frankly my choice for the ideal US President) Hillary Rodham Clinton asserted recently anyone who wants to hold on to ridiculous notions of what is moral and right are on ‘the wrong side of history”. Being who you are and opening yourself to love can never be wrong – trust me.  The other truth is that when people ‘come out’ and let the world see that they are productive members of society they tear down the fallacies bit by bit.

As a friend told me recently if they hate gay people then don’t use a computer ( Alan Turing) , wear clothes ( pick any of  hundreds of designers) , live in an architecturally designed house ( many choices there), look at great art ( Da Vinci, Michaelangelo, Caravaggio etc etc) , listen to music ( Tchaikovsky and hundreds of others),  read some of the greatest literature ever written ( Oscar Wilde … well that alone says it) and let’s not talk of fine dining. A pretty sad life really.

I’m from Driftwood just uploaded a new video so I will end with that. The world is changing and we should all embrace that change.

January 27, 2012

Eric Ethington in I’m From Driftwood

Eric Ethington  of Pride in Utah (and all around cool guy)  tells his moving story as part of  the I’m From Driftwood Project.

January 4, 2012

I’m from Driftwood – A Hawaiian Elder.

What an amazing personal story from an older Hawaiian LGBT person.  Speaking of culture and colonialism and loving yourself.

The I’m From Driftwood Project is one of my faves.

January 14, 2011

In A Sense We Are All From Driftwood

Not sure how it slipped under my radar though I had heard of it a while ago but the I’m From Driftwood project is pretty interesting. Life is about individual stories and the project ( in conjunction with Towleroad.com )  set about gathering stories.

Each story can simply be read or you can watch the video that goes along with it. I find the videos more powerful but your mileage may vary.

Here is one sample that I shamefully chose because it if from my city but also because it is so happy and empowering :

See the other Driftwood stories here.

 

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