Archive for November 8th, 2010

November 8, 2010

Pam’s House Blend – Wake up and smell the coffee

I always enjoy reading Pam’s House Blend but their post this evening really hit home. In response to the bullying related suicide of Brandon Bitner in Pennsylvania. It is not a soft and mushy post – quite the contrary. I think it is high time more people started thinking like ZackFord. The time for being diplomatic and apologetic is pretty well past.

Every day—every hour—that is wasted not teaching young people about sexual orientation and gender identity, about their bodies and their identities, and about how to respect each other is another missed opportunity to prevent this kind of loss.

And why do we delay? It’s because of the lies spread by the ex-gay movement, those same groups I was resisting this weekend. It’s because of the scare tactics of the religious right. It’s because we’re too fucking cowardly to stand up and say, “This is not okay and our kids deserve better,” because we don’t want to “offend” some parents.

Guess what, parents? Some of your kids are going to be gay or bi. Some of them are going to be trans. And guess what? It’s not amoral, it’s not abnormal, and it’s not unhealthy. If you disagree, that’s not okay. You’re wrong. The only thing unhealthy is the messages you send with your poorly informed point of view.

So wake up America. Your blind ignorance is killing your youth. Your repugnant sense of moral superiority is forcing young people to live in absolute misery. And your obnoxiously loud preaching against the LGBT community is the very model these young bullies learn from.

Read more here.

November 8, 2010

Finland says it gets better.

Thanks to Towleroad for discovering that Finland now has its own It Gets Better video. As Towleroad notes the video features Foreign Minister Alexander Stubb and Justice Minister Tuija Brax . If you aren’t seeing the closed captioning click the upward pointing triangle on the bottom and select CC.

Happy my mobile phone is a ‘Made in Finland’ Nokia E71-2 right now.


November 8, 2010

Reports of another sad and unnecessary death.

It seems another kid in the US has taken his own life as a result of being taunted for being different.


An excerpt from the cited article in The Daily Item.

By Tricia PursellThe Daily Item

MIDDLEBURG — Students at Midd-West High School cried out against bullying Friday as they mourned the loss of a classmate who in the early morning hours walked about 13 miles from his home to Routes 11-15, where he ran in front of a southbound tractor-trailer after leaving a suicide note at his home.

Freshman Brandon Bitner, 14, of Mount Pleasant Mills, ran in front of the truck at 3 a.m. near Liverpool, according to state police at Newport.

The boy’s family discovered him missing at 3:45 a.m., and contacted police.

The road was closed for about three hours after the crash.

There seems to be little doubt in the students’ minds why Bitner did what he did.

“It was because of bullying,” friend Takara Jo Folk wrote in a letter to The Daily Item.

Read more here. His Facebook page which hosts the photo above  is here.

November 8, 2010

Well done Trinidad Express

The newspaper I read most here is the Trinidad Express. Today their editorial showed me why they are my paper of choice. I can’t think of a similar editorial here in recent memory that took such a firm and unequivocal stand on the issue of equal rights for LGBT people.

This society still bears the scars of generations of legal and social discrimination and prejudice against people whose only crime was to have been born black, or Indian, or female, or to have been brought up in a faith other than certain officially approved forms of Christianity. Much of the history of this country is the story of the long, hard-fought struggle against such oppression.

When it comes to those whose sexuality differs from that of the mainstream, however, different rules apply. The Equal Opportunities Act, passed a decade ago, outlawed discrimination on the basis of gender, race, ethnicity, origin or religion. There is an anomaly, however, which cries out for correction. Parliament explicitly omitted sexual orientation: that is, the lawmakers ruled that it is not illegal to deprive a fellow citizen of his or her fundamental rights if he or she is gay.

Read the rest here.