Posts tagged ‘campaign’

April 25, 2012

University Students Against Homophobia – Get REAL Presents “To My Grade 7 Self”

Via Bruce Bishop

The reactions of regret as you go along in the video are deeply moving. “And you’re going to say sorry and that’s not going to mean anything because you can’t take it back.”

Get REAL is a university student-driven initiative aimed at eliminating homophobia in creative and dynamic ways. It is open to any and all who wish to stand up and speak out against discrimination.

We started in February of 2011 with the aim of running workshops in junior high and high schools, led by university students; this remains our long-term goal. We currently run awareness and advocacy campaigns at Western, as well as wider-reaching initiatives, like this video. Please share.

If you want to find out more, how to get involved, or even how to bring Get REAL to your university campus, visit us here:

Twitter: @getrealuwo

CTV news has more here.

March 7, 2012

NHL – “If You Can Play…”

Thanks to my brother Victor( I only really have one but still…)  for the link and heads-up.


February 1, 2012

Prada Spring Summer 2012 Ad Campaign by Steven Meisel


December 29, 2011

PNP headed for landslide win in Jamaica.

courtesy Box Turtle Bulletin

As my Facebook friend, author Nicholas Laughlin so eloquently put it a few moments ago :

“To summarise: in Jamaica, widely considered the most homophobic country in the Caribbean, the ruling party runs a gay-bashing general election campaign and loses by what can only be called a landslide.”

Some background on the campaign from the Washington Post here.

According to Reuters as of right now the ruling party is, how do they say this politically again? Oh yes, they are getting a massive dose of whup ass.

(Reuters) – Jamaica’s ruling party appeared headed for defeat in national elections on Thursday, as the Caribbean country’s leading opposition party capitalized on voter discontent over growing economic woes.

Preliminary results showed the governing Jamaica Labor Party, or JLP, winning just 21 of the 63 parliamentary seats at stake in the national election.

With about 50 percent of ballots counted, the opposition People’s National Party, or PNP, looked set to win 42 seats, according to results from the national electoral office posted on the website of the Jamaica Observer newspaper.

The moderately left-leaning PNP is led by Portia Simpson Miller, a former prime minister who became Jamaica’s first female leader in 2006 and now looks set to ride a wave of popular disillusionment back into office.

I would like to be optimistic and think the change of government will make a difference for the LGBT community in what Time Magazine called “The Most Homophobic Place on Earth” but I doubt it will. It will however prove that trying to win an election by stirring up hatred against a minority sometimes comes back to kick you in the teeth.

November 30, 2011

“All Children, All Families”

November 22, 2011

Wonderful LGBT campaign from Argentina.

Thanks to Blabbeando as usual.

A year ago, Argentina became the first country in Latin America to grant same-sex couples full marriage rights. Before this year is over, the Argentinean congress might very well pass a groundbreaking transgender-rights law extending health care protections to transgender individuals and making it easier for trans folk to change their ID’s to better reflect their gender identity without requiring proof of gender reassignment surgery.

Getting to this point has certainly taken years of work by Argentinean LGBT organizations, activists, advocates and allies.  It has also inspired some pretty amazing television and online video ads.

Read the rest and see the series of videos  from Blabbeando here.

In case the  Argentine situation confuses anyone here is a link.


November 20, 2011

My Alma Mater- the University of Toronto – launches an ambitious campaign.

TORONTO, ON – The University of Toronto has unveiled Boundless, the largest fundraising campaign in Canadian university history. With a historic $2 billion goal, the Campaign for the University of Toronto will help expand U of T’s global leadership capacity across critical areas of knowledge and help develop the talent, ideas and solutions for the defining challenges of our time.

University of Toronto President David Naylor made the announcement at a ceremony in Convocation Hall at the downtown St. George campus. With this new campaign, U of T will explore the boundless possibilities of its community of alumni, students and faculty for global leadership and societal impact.

“Canada must have universities that can achieve two related goals: conduct the advanced research that will help solve the grand challenges humanity now faces, and offer the best and brightest students an exceptional education to help them build a better world. No university in Canada is better positioned to meet those objectives than the University of Toronto,” said President Naylor.

The Campaign’s goal is $2 billion in philanthropic support, of which nearly half—$966 million—has been secured.  The Campaign has two central pillars:

–          Preparing global citizens will foster international fluency and leadership skills among the University’s almost 80,000 undergraduate and graduate students – by raising funds to support student awards and build learning environments that nurture creativity, collaboration, critical thinking, disciplinary excellence, interdisciplinary inquiry and global perspectives.

–          Meeting global challenges will support path-breaking research and teaching that generates solutions for healthy, sustainable and successful societies, while also strengthening the essential foundation of basic research. Funds raised will support the University’s world-class minds, attract a new generation of “rising star” faculty and make critical enhancements to programs and infrastructure.

Notwithstanding recent investments in higher education in Ontario, U of T’s total revenue per full-time student is about 41 per cent lower than the average for publicly funded peer institutions in the U.S. “The fact that we are able to compete with—and in many cases outperform—our peers, both in Canada and around the world, speaks to the excellence of our students, faculty and staff,” said Naylor. Over the last decade, U of T has consistently ranked among the top 30 universities in the world—and consistently among the top three for scholarly output.

The University’s previous campaign, which closed in December 2003, raised $1 billion and remains the most successful campaign in Canadian history. The campaign played a vital role in vaulting the University of Toronto into the top ranks of universities worldwide. Now, nearly eight years later, the University is ready to build on this foundation, to advance groundbreaking research and teaching, seize on new opportunities and broaden our impact on the global issues that matter most to Canadians.

“This is an extraordinary milestone for the University,” said the Hon. David R. Peterson, Chancellor of U of T.  “With input from across our community, we have developed an eloquent, bold vision for a world-leading university in the 21st century. We will look to our global network of friends and alumni – who now number more than 500,000 across 174 countries – to join us in this exciting campaign. With their generosity and involvement, we will work together on fundamental questions that will shape the course of human knowledge and experience and prepare our students for leadership in an increasingly borderless world.”


For more information, please contact:

University of Toronto Media Relations

October 29, 2011

Straight But Not Narrow.

This anti bullying and homophobia campaign flew completely under my radar. A very interesting approach to educating people (and especially young people ) about acceptance.  There are a few videos but I will include only two as examples . Sad that many of the videos have not been viewed that many times.

Straight But Not Narrow (WeAreSBNN) is a campaign working to positively impact the way teens view and treat their LGBT peers. WeAreSBNN is managed by Cause Creative Marketing (Straight But Not Narrow (WeAreSBNN) is a campaign working to positively impact the way teens view and treat their LGBT peers. WeAreSBNN is managed by Cause Creative Marketing (



View the rest of the videos on their YouTube Channel here.

October 4, 2011

Kenneth Cole deserves a Reaction

Just discovered this very clever series of  commercials from Kenneth Cole. Better late than never.

On Gay Rights

On Pro-Choice

On War

On why Kenneth has issues.


Makes me glad the last pair of shoes I bought were Kenneth Cole.