Posts tagged ‘purple’

October 22, 2011

Greyson Chance at HRC National Dinner 2011

I loved this kid on Ellen. Greyson is crazy talented and such an inspiration. This song made me think of my murdered friend Eric Cooper so I am a bit weepy now. Thanks to HRCmedia .

Greyson Chance — a 13 year old phenom who rose to fame through a YouTube cover of Lady Gaga and recent signed by Ellen — performs at the Human Rights Campaign’s 2011 National Dinner in Washington, DC.

 

Purple skies and violet rainbows
And all the angels passing by
With their words they try to break you
But they can’t shake you with all their lies

Another day we will survive
Another day is worth the fight
Today we will rise
We will walk the rainbows and take over the sky
Don’t let them change you
No
’cause you are beautiful just like the purple sky

Black mirrors with no reflection
Broken hearts and rejection
Record times make the sound that call the angels homeward bound

Another day we will survive
Another day is worth the fight
Today we will rise
We will walk the rainbows and take over the sky
Don’t let them change you
No
’cause you are beautiful just like the purple sky

These are the words and these are the choices
We are the children, we are the voices
This is the life and these are the questions
This is the time we’re being tested

These are the words and these are the choices
We are the children, we are the voices
This is the life and these are the questions
This is the time we’re being tested

Don’t let them change you
’cause you are beautiful just like the purple sky
You are beautiful
(people’s names) (we remember)
We remember ’cause you’re beautiful
Just like the purple sky

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October 19, 2011

Spirit Day tomorrow.

This says it all.

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 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 9, 2010

Little things to celebrate

Sometimes I wonder why I blog. It is partially notes to self but then this evening I see that someone from Saudi Arabia was reading about Spirit Day and I realize that  a few words can make someone feel less isolated because they suddenly know they are not alone. They are part of a global family.

Little things make all the difference. I hope amazing kids like Seth, Asher and others somehow know they have made a difference and that one day no kid commits suicide because they feel alone in the world.

October 8, 2010

8. the mormon proposition

I have watched the documentary 8. the mormon proposition twice in the last few days. The first time I saw it I was alone and sat on my couch getting angrier and angrier that any group would oppose the right of two people to marry. The fact it was largely funded by a Utah based church with a history that would qualify it for an Oscar in hypocrisy made it all the more obscene. Here is a trailer for the film that I would urge everyone to see – it isn’t just about California – it is about how religions, protected by tax free status, can use their power to justify the continued inequity being meted out to one group of people.

The second time I saw it was the very next day when one of my best friends Alvin joined me for my evening walk and then came home with me to have dinner. I told him he had to see it and I watched it again with him.  I saw him getting more and more irate and asking questions about the mormons ( I refuse to dignify them with a capital letter) to the point that I worried about any mormon who happened to be in his path as he headed home afterwards.  Alvin is a strong and rare activist for the gay community in Trinidad and doesn’t seem to give a damn what people tell him. The film hurt him deeply and he is now getting even more active in raising his lone but loud voice to deal with the issues.  I think it is important that we see films like this and read as many blogs and news sources as we can. The problem is not a California problem  – it is a worldwide problem. As a Canadian I could say that equality is part of my constitution and forget the rest of the world – that would be plainly wrong. As long as there is a single person in the worldwide family who feels he or she is a second class citizen none of us should sleep easy.

Back to the film.  It details the fight of the LGBT community in California ,who had only recently been allowed to marry,having to face a ballot proposition that defined marriage as between a man and a woman. It was a measure that the mormon church took very seriously as it was personally threatened by the notion of two people who love each other getting married. The film notes the irony of  a church ,which is based in Utah solely because other Americans chased them there as they believed in polygamy ,  challenging another group over marriage. It is well constructed and shows the reality of lives being crushed without wandering into manipulation. The financial actions of the mormons were appalling and shamelessly secretive as illustrated by documents obtained by the filmmakers.

Prop 8 is still awaiting a court decision but I would urge anyone to join the NOH8 Campaign even if you don’t live in California. Sometimes worldwide support can help change things. Also, I don’t believe that religion has any special protection from criticism when it makes no sense . With that in mind I would like to point out that mormons have some seriously warped beliefs. God talks to your church elders personally? Really? The book just disappeared? Sure it did. Polygamy in the afterlife? Ummmm.

Hatred is an awful thing. I have no idea why people don’t see discrimination against the LGBT community as exactly the same as discrimination against any other group.  Perhaps if they had an LGBT child they might understand.  Whenever I see arguments using words like “choice” or “lifestyle” my blood boils. Seriously, why would anyone choose to be part of a group that suffers such prejudice?  I would encourage anyone who thinks about using the choice argument to read some  actual medical studies. Also, if you want to pick your fave Old Testament passages and use them as ammunition please ensure you read all the other weird things in there and follow them yourself.

As I was driving to my walking area this evening I actually saw two mormon missionaries in their short sleeved polyester shirts walking along the road – I am not one to hate but it was all I could do not to yank my Ford’s steering wheel in their direction. That is the sign of a good documentary. Or it could just be a sign of my hatred of white polyester shirts.

For the rest of us we can do small things. Let’s show NOH8 that the world cares, let’s write about teenage suicide and show how it reflects on a lack of acceptance and let’s just reach out and show that we care. This month has two big days coming up.  October 11th is Coming Out Day – I think people should do that only if it is safe to do so and if they have a strong support network of friends.

More importantly to me, by far,  is Spirit Day on October 20, 2010. To celebrate all the lives lost to suicide because of bullying and we have the sad deaths of six kids lately to make that a reality for all of us. Wear purple on October 20, 2010 – let’s show that the concern is worldwide.

Support NOH8

Spirit Day on Facebook

or here.

And as always support GLAAD – as a media person I take them very seriously.

And the brave souls in Utah who work in the belly of the beast.

October 6, 2010

An unexpected moment of joy.

As is was walking this evening I had an unexpected moment. It was only 5 minutes in so endorphins have nothing to do with it – I was overwhelmed with joy. I don’t know why it happened but it did.  I felt joy flowing all over me  for the first time in a long time and I was happy for it. My wrists might have moved. I don’t know.

I thought about it and I have come up with a few conclusions. I think it was because I have survived. I have lived life this long and proved I have worth. In my other life I am someone on their TV who exists to interview people. In my real life I have survived  being ridiculed and physically attacked so many times I lost count. The spate of teenage suicides  has made me talk about things to my friends. I didn’t realise that I never spoke about these matters even with my closest friends. And as I related my slowly returning memories to them they each said it went a long way to explaining why I am the person I am today. Catharsis feels good.

The suicide of  those many gay  or  perceived gay kids in the last week in the US forced me to think about my past. So  Asher and Seth you made an older person confront things. My friends – and I adore them – said that , like me – if  they  had 5 cents for every time they were called names – they would all be rich by now.    So when people ask me why I care – Duh.  It only ended at the University of  Toronto. It was the first time in my life I didn’t fear going to school. And it led to my passion for media.

I survived my childhood and now have a job I love.   I look at my adopted country Canada and how far it has come in accepting   human nature  in all its wonderful diversity and I know there must be hope for this part of the world too. I can only imagine the number of kids here who have no place to go and need help.  Life is often cruel but how we try to stop that cruelty is a measure of our humanity . I plan to be more human.

And having watched 8 : the mormon proposition  I am so angry I can’t describe. – it prompted this late night gut spilling.

Remember  to wear  Purple on the 20th. We can make a difference.

October 5, 2010

Spirit Day – Oct 20th, 2010

I suspect these poor kids are  just the ones we know about. On October 20th, 2010 wear purple in memory of those who are no longer with us because of bullying and hatred.

Just get involved.

No man is an island,
Entire of itself.
Each is a piece of the continent,
A part of the main.
If a clod be washed away by the sea,
Europe is the less.
As well as if a promontory were.
As well as if a manner of thine own
Or of thine friend’s were.
Each man’s death diminishes me,
For I am involved in mankind.
Therefore, send not to know
For whom the bell tolls,
It tolls for thee.

John Donne