Archive for April, 2012

April 22, 2012

K2K Alliance & Partners – The Human Race 2013

In 2012, as I wrote, I played Carnival for the first time since Peter Minshall with K2K Alliance & Partners because of my friend Renee Cummings. It was a brand new band but it was epic. She told me that next year will be even better and looking at the theme I am certain of it.  This year we were the band that was Alexander McQueen meets Minshall – next year I suspect it will be that on a Mugler scale.

Welcome to K2K Alliance & Partners -The Human Race – Forging Your Own Destiny.  If any of my blog followers or  other friends have ever thought about visiting Trinidad for Carnival this is your chance  – I want to be in it with you.

My only connection with the band is I think it is the most beautiful thing to hit Trinidad Carnival in at least a decade and the most fun I have ever had playing Mas.

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April 19, 2012

This Blog Will Be Silent Until Midnight April 20th

April 19, 2012

Holocaust Remembrance Day

Via Stand With Us 

‎”Triumph of the Return” – On September 4, 2003, in a large ceremony, the Israeli Air Force flew three f-15 jets over the Auschwitz concentration camp in a show of the Jewish people’s continued strength and triumph over past adversities.During the Holocaust (1939-1945) 6 million Jews were murdered at the hands of the Nazis and their collaborators. Millions of Jews and other victims of the Nazis were imprisoned, enslaved and murdered at Auschwitz and her sister camps.This visit was a testament to the world that the saying “never again” is not just a slogan.Many of the participants were the children and grandchildren of Holocaust survivors.

April 18, 2012

Break The Silence!

A few weeks ago I was privileged to be a consultant to a group started by Jeremy Steffan Edwards and comprised of young people who, spurred by yet another teen suicide in Trinidad and countless others around the world, decided that enough was enough and that they would make a difference. Sitting in that first meeting held at a conference table at the University of the West Indies I looked at the young faces and listened to them emphatically stating that young people being driven to despair because they were lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered or questioning  was not acceptable and I can’t really describe how proud I felt and how full of hope for the future.

Out of a series of meetings the George Kasanjian Foundation which later became The Silver Lining Foundation was born.  Driven by some of the most passionate young people I have met in recent years the group has finally crafted its mission statement and vision statement.

MISSION STATEMENT

The Silver Lining Foundation is committed to facilitating safe access to the relevant psychological, sexual, medical, recreational and media resources necessary to educate, equip and empower youth to deal with difficulties regarding sexual orientation and gender identity/expression.

VISION STATEMENT

To create an environment conducive to respect and self acceptance, and to provide a support system for marginalized youth regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression, leading to a sustainable and functional Life.

It has also embarked on a project that will be a first for T&T – a Day of Silence which will be  observed on Friday. Those participating will tape their mouths and hand out cards to others on campus explaining the purpose of the group. The Trinidad Guardian published an excellent article on the day here.

This might seem like a small act to achieve a very big change – and it is – but it is a start and it will mark  a major turning point in the fight for LGBTQ kids to be given the dignity and respect that they deserve as equal human beings. This is also being done in a country in the English speaking Caribbean – not normally viewed as an especially tolerant environment for such vulnerable kids. In practice T&T is nowhere as unwelcoming as say Jamaica but there are still discriminatory ( though rarely enforced) rules on the books and LGBT people face discrimination on a daily basis simply because of who they are.

2012 will go down as an interesting year for us with this inspiring project by The Silver Lining Foundation and by CAISO  which has embarked on a series of  weekly meetings to push equality onto the national agenda ( I am on the – wait for it – Media Committee).  This could be the start of something really good.

April 16, 2012

14-year-old Kenneth James Weishuhn of Primghar, Iowa took his life on Saturday, April 14th 2012, after being bullied for recently coming out as a GLBT teen a few months ago.

This is via @equalitopia and CNN ireport

14-year-old Kenneth James Weishuhn of Primghar, Iowa took his life on Saturday, April 14th 2012, after being bullied for recently coming out as a GLBT teen a few months ago.

I can’t yet verify the facts but will note any change. ( There is a FB tribute  page here). The facts have been verified by a reader. Get more details from the Paulina Times here.

Thankfully here in T&T a number of great young people have set up the  Silver Lining Foundation to help stop this madness.

And LGBTnation  news has a story on the tragedy. When will this stop?  LGBTnews  says funeral Services are scheduled for Thursday, April 19, 2012 at the Grace Lutheran Church in Primghar, Iowa.

 

April 16, 2012

The Younger Generation Is Braver than Us? Really?

At the last CAISO meeting  the youth group said they are braver than previous generations. Really?  I think not.  Brave is resisting arrest in New York, Toronto ( my home at the time) and lots of other places.

 

April 13, 2012

Kicked Out: LGBT Youth Experience Homelessness

One in four LGBT kids are kicked out after coming out.

Via ITLMEDIA

April 13, 2012

LOVE = LOVE

Lovely video from the always inspiring TheRealJazzBertie noting that the equation is simple.

April 13, 2012

This is achingly beautiful.

EARTH – One video you need to see.

Via G+

April 12, 2012

My friend Ben FTW!

My friend Ben FTW!

Ben reigns supreme in awesomeness.