Archive for October 18th, 2010

October 18, 2010

Adam Lambert gets involved … yet again

One of my favorite artists is now speaking out for the It Gets Better Project.  Well done Adam!

 

Spirit Day – October 20, 2010

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October 18, 2010

Good for the LA Times.

The LA Times has a pretty amazing editorial . Via the NOH8 campaign. Gay kids are four times as likely to attempt suicide. Hardly surprising given the fact that unlike other kids who can be bullied and go home to be comforted by their families – a lot of  LGBT kids don’t necessarily have that luxury. They face rejection at home too.

A spate of suicides by gay teenagers has produced what looks like a united front against anti-gay bullying. But at least one conservative leader sees a sinister homosexual agenda in efforts to combat such bullying by acknowledging and affirming gay students.

Read more.

October 18, 2010

GLAAD now throws its weight behind Spirit Day

 

GLAAD, an organization I have considerable respect for as a journalist, is now actively promoting Spirit Day.

Wednesday is #SpiritDay – How You Can Go Purple

 

 

The Twitter hashtag is now obviously #SpiritDay for those of you on Twitter.

October 18, 2010

Human Rights Campaign is now on board

Just posted by HRC – now putting its significant weight behind the campaign to wear purple on October 20, 2010.

Too many young people have taken their lives because of anti-gay bullying. While there has been an outpouring of shock and support from public officials in the form of “It Gets Better” messages, we still must address the deeper societal issues driving a culture of relentless bullying – and we must send a strong message that such a culture is unacceptable.

To help send that message, we’ll be participating in a day of remembrance this Wednesday, October 20, by wearing purple. The idea for the event originated online, and nearly one million people are already participating on Facebook.

Not only will the solidarity of all who participate serve as remembrance of those we’ve lost over the years, but it also will clearly demonstrate our support for a society where diversity is embraced and nourished, not ridiculed. Struggling LGBT youth need to know that there is a large community eager to support them – participating on Wednesday is a small way you can help send an important message.

Beyond showing our solidarity on the Wednesday, there are resources for those who need immediate help –The Trevor Project offers tips for struggling youth, resources for concerned loved ones and a 24/7 Lifeline that can be reached at 866-4-U-TREVOR (866-488-7386). The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline also is available 24/7 at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). HRC’s Welcoming Schools initiative offers tools and resources to stop harmful bullying and make elementary schools a more welcoming and accepting environment for all. The Suicide Prevention Center is a comprehensive resource that works to train organizations and individuals in developing suicide prevention programs, interventions and policies.

HRC is going purple on Wednesday – we hope you will too.