Posts tagged ‘Spirit Day’

October 18, 2012

South Africa ‘Pushes Purple’ for Spirit Day 2012.

Spirit Day 2012 and the spirit of  support expands around the world showing bullied kids and bullied LGBT kids in particular that  they have allies everywhere. Wear purple…such an easy way to make a difference and if a kid comes up to you as a result thank your lucky stars that you have been privileged to offer support and safe harbor.

November 1, 2011

Extremely powerful video from one of my fave families.

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

October 20, 2011

Anya Ayoung-Chee this evening

I spent my evening at the Carlton Savannah ( my neighborhood hotel)  for the Project Runway party again.  This evening was special because I spent it with my twitter  friend Haydn so that was plenty cool. Anya was not there but she will be  back for next week. She was in NYC tonight but she was with us via Skype.

October 20, 2011

Spirit Day 2011

I thought of putting up an inspiring music video for Spirit Day, I toyed with recording myself  saying something pithy ( if I could have avoided crying), but this is a really important day for me for many reasons. It is partly because  I was bullied in various ways as a kid and that I am still dealing with that internalized self-hatred even now but it is more about the fact that LGBT kids today are still facing it. This subject  brought some amazing people into my life last year. My little blog and my posts led me to meet Eric. Meg and Clay. Three people I adore and treasure and will do so forever despite the fact Eric ,who was the most wonderful person I have ever met,  was murdered along with his kid Cooper.

Spirit Day is not just a feel good  thing, it is about life and death. If we wear purple and kids see they have other LGBT people or allies around them – they see a safe harbor. Maybe, just maybe,  if you wear purple a kid who is feeling hopeless will see that he or she has someone they can talk to and  you can tell them it is okay to be exactly the way they are.

So I have decided to post Anderson Cooper’s excellent discussion about bullying as my Spirit Day tribute to all of our wonderful kids who were bullied to death. Thanks to my friend Dave of SuchisLifeVideos on Youtube for recording so many things that are relevant to our lives.  Kind of hard typing this as the videos have me crying.

Happy Spirit Day! We have a long way to go before our kids are safe from bullying.

October 19, 2011

Spirit Day tomorrow.

This says it all.

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 20, 2011

Another Life Gone

Via the Make it Better Project

WILLIAMSVILLE, NY – Tracy and Tim Rodemeyer say they’re speaking out to help others avoid the nightmare they’re going through right now. They say early Monday morning, their son, 14-year old Jamey, was found dead after an apparent suicide. He left no note. But they say he was bullied for years in middle school. Jamey even talked about it on  a video he made on YouTube in May.

Read the rest here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

August 19, 2011

Requiem for someone who changed my life.

For my closest confidante Eric who lit up every day for me. I may stop crying one day but I will never stop missing you Eric Cooper.

W. H. Auden

Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone,
Prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone,
Silence the pianos and with muffled drum
Bring out the coffin, let the mourners come.

Let aeroplanes circle moaning overhead
Scribbling on the sky the message He Is Dead,
Put crepe bows round the white necks of the public doves,
Let the traffic policemen wear black cotton gloves.

He was my North, my South, my East and West,
My working week and my Sunday rest,
My noon, my midnight, my talk, my song;
I thought that love would last for ever: I was wrong.

The stars are not wanted now: put out every one;
Pack up the moon and dismantle the sun;
Pour away the ocean and sweep up the wood.
For nothing now can ever come to any good.