Posts tagged ‘Seth Walsh’

January 5, 2012

Moving Video – Stand Up

Just discovered this beautifully done video. The creator was inspired by the sad story of Tyler Clementi  and posted the video two months ago. Never too late to share though. My inspiration and Eric Cooper’s  was the amazing Seth Walsh. We both agreed he was us.

When Tyler Clementi took his life (a student whose life eerily paralleled mine in so many ways), I decided enough was enough. I’ve felt a powerful kinship with him that I can’t even explain – and it stirred my soul to act. Something had to be done – I realized I had to find a way to speak up with my own unique voice to express what I felt in my heart.

When I first heard Sugarland’s song, “Stand Up,” I was moved to tears. I heard it right in the middle of the string of teen suicides last year just after we lost Tyler. After the very first listen to their song, I saw a very clear vision in my head…it was an anti-bullying video that matched the absolutely beautiful lyrics and music of Sugarland’s evocative and powerful song.

So, I present to you my way of speaking up and I hope that I will inspire you to do the same. I want you to help me raise awareness, and open up hearts and minds that may be closed due to fear, ignorance, or shame. I want you to help me fill mournful hearts with hope and love and inspire others to do the same. I want you to help me keep the promise I made to Tyler…. These teen suicides, these “bullycides,” must stop once and for all, and it starts with US.

So, I need YOUR HELP. Help start OUR movement. Help spread OUR message of love, hope, and change. It’s already begun… people are reposting this on their Facebook pages… and then others are sharing and reposting it! Some are sharing the link through personal email or twitter!! Join US in helping to raise awareness and make a difference in any way we can! Be a part of OUR MOVEMENT to stop anti-gay bullying! WE HAVE THE POWER TO AFFECT CHANGE!!!

If you’re reluctant to share our video, I leave you with one thought: JUST ONE person might have their eyes, ears, and heart opened for the first time. JUST ONE person may begin to think a little bit differently for the very first time in their life. That ONE person may have a gay sibling, child, friend, or relative… And that ONE person, may think differently about the gay youth in their lives. Think about the change that happens in society when people begin to simply THINK differently. Thinking differently IS CHANGE. Remember that YOU have that power. YOU can make a difference in somebody’s life. YOU can keep spreading our message of love, hope, and change. WON’T YOU STAND UP WITH US AND USE YOUR VOICE?

November 1, 2011

Extremely powerful video from one of my fave families.

October 8, 2011

Jamey Rodemeyer: 250 Balloons to Remember the Fallen…

A beautiful online video tribute from Davey Wavey.

“When it comes to the tragic suicides – like that of Jamey Rodemeyer – that our community continues to face, it’s hard to find the words. So, I made this video.”

A reminder that kids are subject to bullying  and Spirit Day is almost upon us again.

September 21, 2011

I have much admiration for Anderson Cooper

This was last night and there was another moving story tonight from Anderson Cooper – few people follow these awful stories as doggedly as Anderson. I will upload tonight’s video as soon as it is available. As the wonderful late Amy Winehouse said – tears dry on their own.

August 19, 2011

Stop the violence, stop the hate and stop the bullying!

Via my friend Shannon. This is a subject that brought Eric and I together – the victimization of those who are different in some way. We always said that if there was one single thing that brought us together it was the death of Seth Walsh. We identified with him in a way that is hard to describe.

Apologies to those who VEVO chooses to block.

January 3, 2011

MOTHER OF SETH WALSH SPEAKS OUT ON ‘THE NATE BERKUS SHOW

via Towleroad

In this photo handout from The Nate Berkus Show, Nate Berkus surprises Wendy Walsh, the mother of 13-year old Seth Walsh who hanged himself this past September…

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December 25, 2010

Happy Holidays to All!

I have used this pic before but I don’t have that many double rainbow pics in my  collection.

I am in Toronto, Canada now ( home to me) spending time with my family but I will post a full entry tomorrow. To all who have been following this blog in its previous and current incarnation I wish you all the best this season and much peace, acceptance and understanding.

If I might ask you all one thing this holiday season it is that you remember all the bright sparks that we lost such as little Seth Walsh. Think of his family and all the families that have lost kids to the relentless pressure of hatred and bullying and try to make a difference. Every voice against injustice counts.

More tomorrow – and thanks for following!

December 17, 2010

Seth Walsh 1997-2010

Wendy Walsh tells the story of how her gay thirteen year-old son, Seth, took his life after his school failed to keep other students from bullying him because he was gay.

The kid who changed my life and at least one of my friends – that means you Eric. Seth must never happen again.

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November 23, 2010

Dedicated to Seth Walsh

I am still in Curacao but after an internet conversation with my friend ( and Super-Dad)  Eric  I decided that we should all pause and remember an amazing kid who killed himself as a result of bullying. A bright light that has gone out but who lives on in millions of us. A little kid whose death has spurred many of us into not being silent and speaking out on behalf of all who are different.

Too often the internet is about short-lived things. Many of us refuse to let Seth and others be a forgettable media focus. Seth has changed lives without ever knowing his little tortured soul was that memorable. It is. I have changed my blog and  decided that whatever I do can’t be enough. Eric has started a field of study to make a difference. I can only imagine the other lives that Seth has changed.  We are determined to  stop future generations of LGBT kids being tortured and disparaged for just existing and celebrating who they are.

It is time ,we decide that every time a Matthew Shepard dies alone on a fence or a little Seth puts a noose around his neck they cause a million sparks.Those sparks should make us all work to prevent  this ever happening again. It is still happening every day. Don’t just sit there – visibility is power.

And a dedication:

October 30, 2010

Saturday food for thought.

In checking my usual internet sources I came across a couple of sharable videos that I shall now post here. The first is a touching message for the It Gets Better Project from Bishop Mark Hanson who is the Presiding Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.  Like Anglican Bishop Sprong , whose manifesto I posted in an earlier entry, and unlike the rabid rhetoric of the religious right ( beat that alliteration!) , Hanson’ s message to kids is one of inclusion and love.

Via Box Turtle Bulletin

The other clip is a follow-up to the matter involving the hate-mongering disgrace to humanity called  Clint McCance – an Arkansas school board member. This is the man expressed puzzlement about the fuss over a bunch of dead f@@gots and suggesting he would wear purple only if all gay people killed themselves. While such things might be acceptable in Uganda or some other place where ignorance conspires to turn an entire nation into a hell hole, it has no place in the civilized world.  CNN’s Anderson Cooper who is the de facto patron Saint of the anti-bullying movement  took McCance to task as I posted earlier. He followed up on the matter with TV psychologist Dr. Phil.

Via Towleroad

 

And speaking of Uganda, and I was, here is a food-for-thought from a gay Ugandan blogger. Interesting to see how the internet has allowed the various hate incidents around the world to become interwoven into a global discussion.

More postings as the day goes on.