gay persons of character: Video: Testimony, music by Stephen Schwartz

When I first read that the lyrics of Testimony were either taken from or inspired by the It Gets Better Project, I felt a slight repulsion in thinking that the video would be yet another simple attestation of life’s merits, post the phase of high school bullying. But, Testimony is more than that. Deeper, perhaps ...

gay persons of character: Video: Testimony, music by Stephen Schwartz

When I first read that the lyrics of Testimony were either taken from or inspired by the It Gets Better Project, I felt a slight repulsion in thinking that the video would be yet another simple attestation of life’s merits, post the phase of high school bullying. But, Testimony is more than that. Deeper, perhaps ...

Montreal Simon: If You Want to Know What Bullying Feels Like…

You can read this story. What world is this that playgrounds have become killing grounds? The murder of hope, love, creativity, passion, ingenuity, individually. This goes unpunished. Unnoticed. Why? When these die, our very person dies. If there’s one thing I hate, it’s when people don’t care about bullying. I hate when people say, “It’s ...

gay persons of color: Kids in the Hall’s Scott Thompson gets it right, sort of…

In an interview for Pridesource.com, Canadian comedian Scott Thompson of Kids in the Hall fame challenged the notion of life getting better for gay teens when they enter adulthood, i.e. the central message of the It Gets Better campaign started by Dan Savage after a spate of reported gay teen suicides in 2010. Here are ...

gay persons of color: Video: Agreed, Rick Mercer, gay public figures need to step forward

Otherwise, don’t become a public figure if you don’t want the public to know who you really are. And for those of you who read the editorial from Friday’s The Globe and Mail entitled, “No, Rick Mercer, not all gay public figures need to step forward,” I hope you see that it employs basic logical fallacies ...

gay persons of color: Laughable Canadian Conservatives It Gets Better video

The ruling Canadian Conservative government managed to turn the It Gets Better project into a meaningless, insincere folly last Thursday when they released their own version of the campaign in the wake of the suicide of Ottawa teen Jamie Hubley, an openly gay youth who had been bullied. The video starts off relatively well with ...

Blunt Objects: Re: Federal Tories need to do better

Fellow Liblogger Gritchik did a post up further clarifying her position on the whole “It Gets Better” video done by the federal Conservatives, and giving my post earlier a bit of a cameo: “I disagree with Volkov – I don’t think that those Tories who voted against same-sex marriage made this video to share an ...

Blunt Objects: Take Off Your Partisan Hat For A Moment

In theory, I have no problems with either BigCityLib and Gritchik, two wonderful Libloggers who you need to read, I find their reactions to this video to a little… petty: Both BCL and Gritchik point out the quality of the video, and Gritchik in particular alludes to the hypocrisy of some of the individuals, considering ...

centre of the universe: Where was I?

I saw you there, standing on the corner at rush hour. I thought you were standing with your friends from school. You were all talking, and, I thought, joking around. But then things turned. In the flash of an eye, … Continue reading →

My journey with AIDS...and more!: Rest in Peace, Jamie Hubley

“I’m tired of life, really. It’s so hard, I’m sorry, I can’t take it anymore.” “I don’t want my parents to think this is their fault, either. I love my mom and dad. It’s just too hard. I don’t want to wait three more years, this hurts too much.” As carefully as he worded his ...

gay persons of color: Watch: Tampa Bay Rays declare It Gets Better

In this It Gets Better instalment from the Tampa Bay Rays, manager Joe Maddon and players Johnny Damon, Sam Fuld, B.J. Upton, and Sean Rodriguez speak with conviction in a sincere message of support for LGBT teens who might be the victims of bullying. Good on the Tampa Bay Rays. Still waiting for a National ...

gay persons of color: Watch: D.C. United players promise It Gets Better

The Washington D.C Major League Soccer (MLS) club, D.C. United, has come out in support of gay youth by filming an It Gets Better video. Featuring striker Josh Wolff and midfielder Clyde Simms, the spot encourages young people who are suffering from anti-gay bullying to ride the storm and look ahead to a brighter future. ...

gay persons of color: Watch: Seattle Mariners, Seahawks, Storm, and Sounders say It Gets Better

Last Thursday, the Seattle Mariners released an “It Gets Better” video against anti-gay bullying to become the fifth Major League Baseball (MLB) team to do so and the first to include players from Seattle teams in the National Football League (NFL), Major League Soccer (MLS), and Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA). Way to round up ...

gay persons of color: Tampa Bay Rays become 9th MLB team to join It Gets Better Project

Tampa Bay Rays’ manager Joe Maddon and players Johnny Damon, Sam Fuld, B.J. Upton, and Sean Rodriguez will be featured in an upcoming “It Gets Better” video to support teens dealing with anti-gay bullying, reports the St. Petersburg Times. The new video will be recorded before the team’s August 23 game against the Detroit Tigers. ...

gay persons of color: Marriage equality begins in New York State; Seventh MLB team confirms pro-gay video

Hundreds of gay couples in New York State were married Sunday as the state became the sixth and largest to recognize marriage equality in America. The photo, above, of the illuminated American side of Niagara Falls, taken by Flickr user Mykelle Nicole, has been passed around the Internet by thousands, including Lance Bass, as a ...

gay persons of color: Watch: Boston Red Sox "It Gets Better" video

Released last week, the Boston Red Sox contribution to the It Gets Better project features manager Terry Francona, captain and catcher Jason Varitek, and first/third baseman Kevin Youkilis, whose words are woven together with those of “real” people to show a message of support for an end to bullying. Check it out, below. A long ...

gay persons of color: Watch: Punk rock band Rise Against confronts homophobia

Chicago-based punk rock band Rise Against have contributed to the It Gets Better campaign by producing a video for their latest release, “Make It Stop (September’s Children)” to address a string of reported suicides as a result of homophobic bullying in fall 2010. Known for over a decade for using music as a platform for ...

gay persons of color: Watch: Chicago Cubs "It Gets Better" video

Following the lead taken by the San Francisco Giants, the Chicago Cubs on Monday became the second professional sports team to join the “It Gets Better” campaign, a project intended to raise awareness of and call for an end to anti-LGBT bullying and harassment. The clip features team manager Mike Quade, first base coach Bob ...

gay persons of color: Chicago Cubs, Boston Red Sox to produce "It Gets Better" videos

Both the Chicago Cubs and Boston Red Sox baseball teams have decided to take a stand against anti-gay bullying and homophobia and produce “It Gets Better” videos. The two teams are following the lead taken by the San Francisco Giants who, on June 1, became the first professional sports franchise to release a video for ...

gay persons of color: Watch: Holly Elle – "Freak" music video

Holly Elle is a Canadian independent recording artist based out of Nashville, Tennessee, who in 2010 became extremely disturbed by the media coverage of one teen suicide after another in the United States. As she wrote to me, “It consumed my thoughts daily, the idea that a kid could feel so alienated, so hopeless…” One ...

gay persons of color: San Francisco Giants to produce "It Gets Better" video

The San Francisco Giants will produce a YouTube video for the “It Gets Better” campaign, the hope project launched by Dan Savage in 2010 in response to several highly publicized suicides by gay teenagers in the United States, reports the Associated Press. The 2010 World Series champions agreed to be the first professional sports team ...

Railroaded by Metrolinx: Sticks, Stones and the CRTC Ruling For Easing Broadcast Restrictions

Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.– English Proverb This is false logic. As a new media professor, I live in a steady stream of constantly updated newsfeeds through my social media networks. Daily, I watch how these newsfeeds also affect my students in their analysis of issues, perception ...

Railroaded by Metrolinx: Sticks, Stones and the CRTC Ruling For Easing Broadcast Restrictions

Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.– English Proverb This is false logic. As a new media professor, I live in a steady stream of constantly updated newsfeeds through my social media networks. Daily, I watch how these newsfeeds also affect my students in their analysis of issues, perception ...