Archive for October 2nd, 2010

October 2, 2010

People actually notice?

Thanks to Global Voices Online for the mention. I usually just assume this blog is more of a ‘notes to self’. I hope that doesn’t mean I have to write better in future.

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October 2, 2010

I wish I knew you.

Asher and Seth and many others. Had I known you- you might have lived  your lives. That is my fault.This is the fault of all of us.  We could have helped.  I am happy that the media  ( that be us) now notices that gay teens are 5 times more likely to kill themselves – I knew it all along and I did nothing. We all did nothing. I hope this attention now leads to change. Mea Culpa. I am sorry beyond belief.

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October 2, 2010

The week in review

There are many reasons that blogging while exhausted is a bad idea – this will probably be another one. I wanted to do a quick review of my past week so I say damn the torpedoes – full speed ahead.

This has been an interesting week for me and I wanted to make a note so I can look back on it at some point and relive it. I will do it in point form because that will minimize the impact of the  egregious typos I will make. For some reason they always look worse in normal prose.  Here we go:

  • A colleague’s mother died so I have now been working 14 days in a row without a break. I have no idea when this will end.
  • My days now consist of interviews, dealing with staff issues and then producing news and supervising  our 6:30pm and 7:30pm newscasts. If I am not mistaken I think that means I am involved either on-air or producing  in 100% of our local content.
  • Monday is especially bad as I also do a phone-in programme till 9:30 pm.
  • I find myself flirting with death far too often as I now have to do my walking late at night.
  • I was also working on content for an iPhone ( I assume) app for Fodor’s.

But there have been really interesting developments this past week that I hadn’t expected. Sometimes life reveals things that I think deserve mention. Time for another point form list:

  • My staff are amazing and most of them make my job so much easier.
  • I spent much of this week crying every evening hearing stories of 5 teens killing themselves because they were bullied because of their sexual orientation or perceived orientation.
  • I discovered the It Gets Better project and it was a Duh moment. If kids see there is hope no matter where they are it gives them a reason to live. Dan Savage deserves a medal.
  • I realized that Twitter is more me than Facebook. I have got more great stories and met more amazing people on Twitter.
  • My life has been expanded greatly on Twitter by meeting Matt, Clay and Nadeem.  I have seen that the human heart can be expansive and amazing.
  • I will still cry for every teen that committed suicide  because of  being bullied because I was and I tried but I now give a damn and, frankly,  I don’t give a damn about what people say about me.
  • I was radical at U of T and I find myself  being radical again at this stage of my life. This is good. I felt empty but now I see a cause I need to pursue.
  • I will get a lot more radical in a short while and I don’t care what the repercussions are.
  • I like getting older. I never thought just living would be a political statement  – but it is.
  • Thank you Clay – again.
  • It is 2010 – nobody should have to suffer from bullying or bigotry for just  being different.

Goodnight to all.  If you know some young person who needs help tell them about itgetsbetter.

And thank you Clay for helping me decide that enough is enough.