Posts tagged ‘Coming out’

March 1, 2011

Steven Davies: England cricketer announces he is gay

The England wicketkeeper Steven Davies has announced he is gay – becoming the first professional cricketer to publicly out himself. Rugby star Gareth Thomas did the same in 2009. Heartening that at 24 he is confident enough in himself and his profession that he took the decision to make the announcement.

Read the full story in The Telegraph here.

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January 14, 2011

In A Sense We Are All From Driftwood

Not sure how it slipped under my radar though I had heard of it a while ago but the I’m From Driftwood project is pretty interesting. Life is about individual stories and the project ( in conjunction with )  set about gathering stories.

Each story can simply be read or you can watch the video that goes along with it. I find the videos more powerful but your mileage may vary.

Here is one sample that I shamefully chose because it if from my city but also because it is so happy and empowering :

See the other Driftwood stories here.


January 14, 2011

An Important New Documentary

There are many people out there trying to make things better for kids. Some are active in community work while others are using the online world or media to make a difference.

In between writing today I watched a new half hour documentary ‘Lead with Love’  aimed at parents with the express purpose of   providing ” comfort, information, and guidance for parents who have recently learned that their son or daughter is lesbian, gay, or bisexual”.  It is well done and fills a void that needed to be filled.

Here is the trailer:

Via Lezgetreal

You can watch the full documentary for free online. They ask that you fill out a very short survey first – which I urge you to do.

Watch the amazing Lead with Love documentary here.

December 6, 2010

What Would You Do?

Via the always excellent Pride in Utah.

ABC sets up a scenario of a young man coming out to a very unaccepting parent in a restaurant and sees how others react. Many didn’t want to get involved but a couple of  others took action.



November 11, 2010

At least it got me to read the sports page.

In the Guardian today:

The Bayern Munich striker Mario Gomez has broken ranks with the football establishment, including members of his own team and the German football federation, who have warned that coming out could destroy a player’s career.

But Gomez, who has not said whether he is gay, told a German magazine that being honest about their sexuality would improve gay players’ performance.

“They would play as if they had been liberated,” Gomez said. “Being gay should no longer be a taboo topic.”

Read the rest here.


November 10, 2010

A contagiously positive Ricky Martin on Larry King

Needs no explanation.

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 1, 2010

Another good local article on bullying … and Ricky Martin

T&T’s own Outlish Magazine has published yet another interesting article that is worth a read. (via @HaydnDunn)It is written partly in Trinidad dialect so feel free to ask for translations via Twitter or the comments section.

If a friend calls another friend a “fag”, does that make it funny? ‘Cause they’re friends nah, and is ah joke!

Now if the friend decides to rile up, people will say, “Boy, how you could be emotional so? Wait nah! Yuh crying? Buh like you is really a fag boy? Alyuh, look dis boy upset oui!”

This kind of jeering happens every day. Consider some of the scenarios. The girl in primary school who used to pee down herself, and was labelled “Pee-pee Girl”, until she escaped to secondary school. The boy who stuttered in ‘lessons’, and other boys would make stuttering jokes, while the entire class would crack up, before the teacher entered.

Whatever happened to them?

Read the rest here.

Blabbeando has published an early peek at Ricky Martin’s autobiography   titled Me ( Yo in espanol obviously) that indicates it should be an interesting read.

Via Towleroad

It wasn’t until his 30’s, Martin writes, that he began to feel comfortable with his sexuality but, even then, the singer admits he began to enjoy the ‘spice’ of keeping his sexual encounters secret.

He didn’t know how he would say it, but he wanted to say it, so he began to loosen the ropes little by little. The provocative video from the opening of his “White and Black” concerts, in which he appeared with words painted on his body such as “accept yourself” and “discover yourself” was the start of his coming out of the closet.

But it was the birth of his children, Mateo and Valentino, that gave him the final push . “When I held them in my arms for the first time, I not only realized just how simple and beautiful life could be, but I felt the need to be transparent with them,” says [Martin], who establishes his own commitment to defend the human rights of gays, lesbians and transgender people. He rejects discriminatory words such as “maricón”, “puto” and “pato” [words that can be interchangeably translated as “fag” in areas of Latin America].

Read the rest here.

October 22, 2010

This is pretty astounding

I am not a religious person but this bishop  telling his congregation he is gay in such a classy and in-depth way is pretty darned amazing.  I would urge everyone to watch it.

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