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Spirit Day

Originally posted by neo_prodigy at Spirit Day
 


It’s been decided. On October 20th, 2010, we will wear purple in honor of the 6 gay boys who committed suicide in recent weeks/months due to homophobic abuse in their homes at at their schools. Purple represents Spirit on the LGBTQ flag and that’s exactly what we’d like all of you to have with you: spirit. Please know that times will get better and that you will meet people who will love you and respect you for who you are, no matter your sexuality. Please wear purple on October 20th. Tell your friends, family, co-workers, neighbors and schools.

RIP Tyler Clementi, Seth Walsh (top)
RIP Justin Aaberg, Raymond Chase (middle)
RIP Asher Brown and Billy Lucas. (bottom)

REBLOG to spread a message of love, unity and peace.




Personal statement: I'm going to go further and say that no one, ever, should be bullied to the point of suicide over something that is intrinsic to them, and that includes skin color, gender, appearance, and beliefs in addition to sexuality.

Parents, please give your children the love and the strength to stand up to nonsense like that. Tell them they are fine just the way they are. And for pity's sake, do not be part of the problem.

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ignoblebard
Oct. 8th, 2010 02:56 am (UTC)
*wild applause* Beautifully said, as always, my friend. I'm so thrilled to see this on your journal and to read your personal comments. Tolerance truly does begin at home.

Thank you so much for posting this. I'm truly touched.
randy_o
Oct. 8th, 2010 03:05 am (UTC)
I just recall, as am insecure teenager, being told to change myself to fit in, to 'learn better social skills' in order not to be bullied. What I really needed was to be told I was fine the way I was -- to walk with my head held high. That's what keeps a person from being a target for bullies.

I forgot to say one other thing in the above post -- parents, teach your kids not to bully. You don't make yourself feel good by making someone else feel bad.
ignoblebard
Oct. 8th, 2010 03:44 am (UTC)
That's one of the reasons I'm always pushing for people to be nicer to each other. It might make me sound like a pollyanna but I know how much it hurts to be told there's something wrong with you for being who you are. If people aren't willing to say enough is enough and speak out nothing will ever change.
randy_o
Oct. 8th, 2010 03:49 am (UTC)
Word!

I don't know if you've been reading anywhere else, but my main computer just died. I'm on my backup, busily recreating my entire life, basically. Lost all my bookmarks and two weeks of other stuff, including about 600 words on the WIP. :(
ignoblebard
Oct. 8th, 2010 03:59 am (UTC)
The one with all your business stuff on it? Oh no! If it's the hard drive maybe the information is still there. At least your WIP should be retrievable from where you last backed it up.

Let me know what bookmarks you need and I'll email you the links. I absolutely hate having to rebuild my favorites. I collect those sites painstakingly over years.

This is the lesson in backing up I so desperately need and so roundly ignore. I'm getting one of those portable hard drives asap.
randy_o
Oct. 8th, 2010 04:07 am (UTC)
I'm hoping a hard drive transfer can save my really important data. And from now on, I'll make sure I export my bookmarks in Google Chrome to a backup file.

Yes -- A portable hard drive sounds like a very good idea right about now. My next computer will be able to write to DVD too, which should make backups easier.
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