Posts tagged ‘October 20th 2010’

October 19, 2010

On Spirit Day – Something inside so strong

The time has come. It is a small symbolic gesture but in some ways it is much  more than that. If you are a LGBT kid in school and you see a teacher or other student wearing purple today you know you have allies. People you can talk to if someone is making you feel like less of a person.

When an LGBT kid  walks down the street and sees people in purple they know they are not alone. That is important when you are a kid wrestling with the idea that you are alone in the universe and often afraid to tell your family in case they think you are a freak or think you are going to hell because of misguided religion.

When you wear purple on Spirit Day you are honoring the lives of kids who were driven to killing themselves for committing the audacious act of just living and being who they are. The fact is that LGBT kids don’t have the support systems other kids have and are much more likely to try to commit suicide out of hopelessness – out of a fear that there is no future happiness awaiting them.

When you wear purple on October 20, 2010 you are telling all bullied kids and especially LGBT kids that they have to be strong and brave despite the hatred they see – because the hopes of millions for a brighter tomorrow rests on their little and almost broken shoulders. On Spirit Day, and every day, we want these kids to know that are special, valuable and important.  Wear purple.

I can find  no more empowering song  to dedicate to these kids than Labi Siffre’s Something Inside So Strong which was written to protest Apartheid.  There isn’t even a need to change a single word of the lyrics.  The song and full lyrics are below …

The higher you build your barriers
The taller I become
The farther you take my rights away
The faster I will run
You can deny me
You can decide to turn your face away
No matter, cos there's....

Something inside so strong
I know that I can make it
Tho' you're doing me wrong, so wrong
You thought that my pride was gone
Oh no, something inside so strong
Oh oh oh oh oh something inside so strong


October 18, 2010

Adam Lambert gets involved … yet again

One of my favorite artists is now speaking out for the It Gets Better Project.  Well done Adam!

 

Spirit Day – October 20, 2010

October 18, 2010

Good for the LA Times.

The LA Times has a pretty amazing editorial . Via the NOH8 campaign. Gay kids are four times as likely to attempt suicide. Hardly surprising given the fact that unlike other kids who can be bullied and go home to be comforted by their families – a lot of  LGBT kids don’t necessarily have that luxury. They face rejection at home too.

A spate of suicides by gay teenagers has produced what looks like a united front against anti-gay bullying. But at least one conservative leader sees a sinister homosexual agenda in efforts to combat such bullying by acknowledging and affirming gay students.

Read more.

October 18, 2010

GLAAD now throws its weight behind Spirit Day

 

GLAAD, an organization I have considerable respect for as a journalist, is now actively promoting Spirit Day.

Wednesday is #SpiritDay – How You Can Go Purple

 

 

The Twitter hashtag is now obviously #SpiritDay for those of you on Twitter.

October 17, 2010

Things I don’t understand…

I am tired and worked all weekend ( the last 8 days in fact) but I have a sudden urge to do one of those point form machine gun posts. So here we go:

Things I will never understand.

  • Not accepting someone based on preconceived notions or what your religion teaches you.
  • Engaging stupid people in discussions.
  • Not pursuing your passion in life.
  • Sitting silently when injustice is staring you in the face.
  • Rush Limbaugh.
  • Thinking M. Night Shyamalan  has a great film ahead.
  • Falling back on belief as a reason for judging.
  • Why sheep don’t shrink when it rains ( I don’t want to hear about lanolin – that is science – I believe it has nothing to do with it- if you argue with me you are  anti-belief)
  • Why people who only use Windows refuse to try OS X or LINUX/UBUNTU
  • Why my Nokia E-71 does Flash but an iPhone can’t
  • How Rachel Ray managed to get a TV show.
  • Why friends don’t understand why I am not interested in video chatting on Skype when I work on camera and don’t want it in my private life.
  • Squeeze cheese.
  • That the Republicans have wandered so far from their original stances ( see above).
  • Rap music.
  • Glee.
  • Why people give a damn about what others say about them.
  • Facebook friend requests from people you don’t know and who never send a message if you do add them.
  • White socks and black shoes.
  • Brown pants and black shoes ( my Mum ingrained that in me).
  • Not indicating when you are turning.
  • Why Stephen Fry isn’t Sir Stephen Fry.
  • Why stupid people who send me blog comments questioning Spirit Day don’t realize that purple/indigo is a color on the Pride flag representing the enduring spirit of a group that has endured far too much.
  • Why those same people don’t realize that I can just direct any further comments directly to spam.
  • De-alcoholized wine and soya meat.
  • Why christians ( no caps …not really sorry) don’t understand that “Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely…”  can apply to their hatred for other groups just as easily. Let’s not start with the muslims and jews. The mormons are a whole separate case of hypocrisy.
  • How I have lasted so long.

The list could go on but I must go to bed. Sweet dreams readers.

October 16, 2010

Prince Poppycock ( John Quayle) says it gets better

One of my favorite new performers, whose character Prince Poppycock is a celebration of novel and different, speaks out against hate and bullying. When we don’t embrace difference we lose the chance to celebrate lives such as his. As he says “a rainbow wouldn’t be a rainbow if it were missing a single color.”

On October 20, 2010, Spirit Day, let’s commemorate the amazing lives the world has lost because of bullying by wearing one of those colors – purple. Lives lost that could have made the world just a little more beautiful.

October 16, 2010

The discussion continues.

My interview with Psychologist and Criminologist Renee Cummings about bullying …and she has a background in dealing with LGBT people. This was part of my commitment to Seth and Asher and I hope I did their memory proud.

Let’s remember them on October 20th, 2010 on Spirit Day and wear purple. If you choose to join me – thank you. I feel I could have done more for them but I guess we all could. I posted these interviews but that still seems like not enough. Let the lives of those who committed suicide because they were bullied for being different not be in vain.

Thank you Renee for being part of my contribution to the It Gets Better project.

Wear purple on the 20th !

October 15, 2010

Verna St. Rose Greaves on bullying

As part of my commitment to helping draw attention to bullying and the effects it can have on vulnerable individuals such as LGBT kids I have been conducting a series of interviews on my show. This is an interview with the wonderfully warmhearted Social Activist Verna St. Rose Greaves who devotes much of her time to working with kids. This is the second interview about bullying I did with her this week but I think this part was more personal for both of us.

It is in three parts because of You Tube time limitations.

Don’t forget to wear purple on October 20, 2010 for Spirit Day to honor all the kids who were bullied to the point of suicide. One of my twitter friends suggested that you post a pic of yourself wearing purple on Twitter or Facebook – I think that is a great idea.

I will be uploading my interview with Psychologist and Criminologist, Renee Cummings who also speaks about bullying. She spent much of her career in the US working with LGBT people.

I wish you all peace this Friday.

October 14, 2010

Scan this

If you have a Blackberry ( I don’t) or a Nokia ( I do) or any other phone that does scan this. If you actually care then post it on your blog, Facebook page or on Twitter.

October 13, 2010

The global family of those who care and want to end hatred.

I am always deeply grateful that people read this blog and, given the change of tone lately to make it more relevant, I am especially happy to see that it has resonated. There is a global family out there of people who resent inequality and who want to see an end to hatred and little kids being driven to despair. Like many of you I went through what they are going through and we should all feel very angry that it is still happening now.

Based on this random capture of some of the readers that visited today and the fact that many of them read about Spirit Day on October 20, 2010 I hope that the world looks a bit more purple that day. I am just one voice and I am sure there are hundreds of thousands of us on the web calling for a change. An end to hatred and an end to kids feeling that there is something wrong with them just because they are a bit different. And if you are a young person reading this – look at how big your family is – in just a few hours on one small blog coming from a very small island.

We care and if we all raise our voices together we can change the world.