Archive for October 22nd, 2011

October 22, 2011

Greyson Chance at HRC National Dinner 2011

I loved this kid on Ellen. Greyson is crazy talented and such an inspiration. This song made me think of my murdered friend Eric Cooper so I am a bit weepy now. Thanks to HRCmedia .

Greyson Chance — a 13 year old phenom who rose to fame through a YouTube cover of Lady Gaga and recent signed by Ellen — performs at the Human Rights Campaign’s 2011 National Dinner in Washington, DC.

 

Purple skies and violet rainbows
And all the angels passing by
With their words they try to break you
But they can’t shake you with all their lies

Another day we will survive
Another day is worth the fight
Today we will rise
We will walk the rainbows and take over the sky
Don’t let them change you
No
’cause you are beautiful just like the purple sky

Black mirrors with no reflection
Broken hearts and rejection
Record times make the sound that call the angels homeward bound

Another day we will survive
Another day is worth the fight
Today we will rise
We will walk the rainbows and take over the sky
Don’t let them change you
No
’cause you are beautiful just like the purple sky

These are the words and these are the choices
We are the children, we are the voices
This is the life and these are the questions
This is the time we’re being tested

These are the words and these are the choices
We are the children, we are the voices
This is the life and these are the questions
This is the time we’re being tested

Don’t let them change you
’cause you are beautiful just like the purple sky
You are beautiful
(people’s names) (we remember)
We remember ’cause you’re beautiful
Just like the purple sky

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October 22, 2011

HRC Media uploads a wonderful Welcoming Schools trailer.

Given the prevailing climate this looks like a brilliant initiative from the always great Human Rights Campaign.

Trailer for the new Welcoming Schools professional development film for educators and parents, produced by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. Children talk about when they first heard about gay and lesbian people; language they hear from family, teachers and friends; and how teachers can create a safe school climate.

Via  Gay Rights Media

October 22, 2011

New report on discrimination in Europe

Via Human Rights First

A new report  by the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights  on discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity doesn’t exactly paint a rosy picture of  Europe.

Many people in Europe are stigmatised because of their actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity and cannot fully enjoy their universal human rights. Some of them are victims of hate crimes and may not receive protection when attacked in the street by fellow citizens, while some of their organisations are denied registration or are banned from organising peaceful meetings and demonstrations. Some people have fled to Council of Europe member states from countries where they risk being tortured or executed because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Too few opinion leaders and political leaders have taken a firm stand against homophobic and transphobic  expressions,  discrimination and violence.

Read the full report (PDF file) here.