Posts tagged ‘itgetsbetter’

October 7, 2010

You want kids affected…here they are

Moments of joy:

There’s your hate right back in your face.

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October 3, 2010

Good for you.

To everybody who has asked me why I am so upset about bullying and serial blogging about it – including one of my best friends. I am glad you were never beaten up as a kid in school. I was. I am glad you weren’t. I want to use the F word but I will refrain. Interestingly, it was in #Toronto where you would least expect it .

And yes, I did try to kill myself at least twice. But I survived the name calling and punching and I am stronger for it. To those who called me names and hit me many times I say :  Fuck you!  I hope your lives are miserable – which they probably are. And to those who ask why I am blogging about something so personal. Well, if it stops just one random gay or straight  kid  who happens to seem different from killing himself or herself  and ending a proud and amazing life it will be worth it.

And another reason for me to be angry.

October 1, 2010

Things you wouldn’t see if George W. Bush were still in office.

Statement by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on the Recent Deaths of Two Young Men

OCTOBER 1, 2010

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today released the following statement:

“This week, we sadly lost two young men who took their own lives for one unacceptable reason: they were being bullied and harassed because they were openly gay or believed to be gay. These unnecessary tragedies come on the heels of at least three other young people taking their own lives because the trauma of being bullied and harassed for their actual or perceived sexual orientation was too much to bear.

“This is a moment where every one of us – parents, teachers, students, elected officials, and all people of conscience – needs to stand up and speak out against intolerance in all its forms. Whether it’s students harassing other students because of ethnicity, disability or religion; or an adult, public official harassing the President of the University of Michigan student body because he is gay, it is time we as a country said enough. No more. This must stop.”

September 29, 2010

Promises, promises

I hereby vow that once I finish the content for this Fodor’s iPhone app and  even before I see the end of this working non-stop thing ( 12 days and counting) I will upload a blog entry. I think the problem , other than the fact I am working at the station every day, is that I sort of  vent sufficiently on Twitter and Facebook not to mention expressing myself on camera.

I will say that thanks to @mudlarklives on Twitter I was angry all day reading about  a 13 year old boy who ended his life thanks to bullying.  The headline says a lot – click on it and then come back.

“Just another dead gay kid, age 13”

I am reaching the point in my life that I have no tolerance for groups that condone hate. That is not even true. I am at the point that I will no longer tolerate such groups and I will now actively engage them in person, on Twitter or any other site they go on. There are too many kids that could be celebrating their difference and living wonderful lives that are dying as a result of ignorance and religious stupidity. I am not religious but if the message in Christianity that you absorb is not one of love and not judging but rather one of hatred – you have issues that need psychiatric intervention.

We have also had the issue in the Caribbean of  Jamaican performer and inveterate homophobe  Buju Banton having a cocaine matter in the US courts. Some commenting wags have suggested that he is being framed by some gay conspiracy . Perhaps they haven’t noticed that if the gay lobby were such a powerful group in Florida they might have made it a more friendly state in terms of equality. The performer is now awaiting a second trial because of a hung jury. I would suggest that were he in Canada he would be serving time already for hate crimes.

I have heard from some here in the Caribbean that homophobia is part of the culture and that one must be patient and work towards tolerance. I respectfully suggest that if someone said they “tolerate” black people they would be executed at dawn.  One should either accept difference  or simply say they hate. To me tolerance is what you do when you put up with a bad smell or an annoying habit. If it is part of Caribbean culture  to tell a significant part of its population that it is morally repugnant and doesn’t count then the Caribbean is ignorant and needs to get educated quickly. I find it ironic that religion leads a formerly oppressed group to oppress another.  And that is my problem. This is the last stand of accepted  bigotry. If they are waiting for a genetic explanation for homosexuality it will still not help because last time I checked race was genetic too.

I didn’t mean for this to be more than a sentence or two promise to blog but the death of poor 13 year old Asher Brown because of  bigotry and hatred makes me angry. Very angry. Like Matthew Shepard it cannot be allowed to be a death in vain.

Ask not for whom the bell tolls…

And this is the solution

http://www.youtube.com/user/itgetsbetterproject

P.S. I wrote this in a moment of tremendous anger and hurt and it may be flawed  but I am deliberately not taking it down or changing it. Anger and hurt have validity .