Wentworth Miller’s touching speech about coming out

Wentworth Miller, star of old hit show “Prison Break”, gave the most touching speech for the Human Rights Campaign about his painful coming out. He talks about what it was like being a gay child, the FIRST time he tried to kill himself at age 15, and being a gay man in the entertainment industry.

Now at age 41, he stands amongst his fellow LGBT community as a role model, a leader, and a man who wants to make a difference. To give those without courage a sense of belonging and knowing that you are not alone.

“Let me be to someone else, what no one was to me.”

What if straight was gay and gay was straight?

Love Is All You Need

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This short, but powerful film has been showing in film festivals for over a year and is now making its debut on the web. One of my friends shared this with me and the moment it ended, I knew I HAD to post it! I am a HUGE anti-bullying advocate as well as an advocate for LGBT equal rights.

From the official website (http://www.towleroad.com/2013/04/watch-a-powerful-film-where-gay-is-straight-and-straight-is-gay.html) it states: “The film, which is about youth bullying in school, is set in an alternate reality where gay and straight are switched.”

Put yourself in someone else’s shoes for a moment and feel what they may feel. What they may be going through. Bullying happens and it’s NOT okay! No one should EVER make another person feel SO horrible about themselves that they contemplate or go through with suicide.

I cried watching this because I know on a daily basis this is happening and it breaks my heart. Please watch and share this video. Spread the word and help put an end to bullying!

Cover video of “Pumped Up Kicks” by Dani Shay

Can I just start by saying, holy wow! Dani Shay gave this song a whole NEW meaning! It’s incredible. I was watching the original version by Foster The People, and it really isn’t in-depth and doesn’t send a strong, important message to viewers. Dani Shay, Justin Chase, and Sierra Joe took this song and turned it into a brand new hit. They exposed the topic of being bullied and how it feels to be in so much pain. Especially if you’re gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgendered.

It takes one person to stand up for someone who’s being bullied. That one person can change their entire outlook and also send the message to the person who’s being the bully that it is NOT okay! There’s actually this children’s book that we have read to my Kindergarten class before and it’s called, “It Only Takes One.” It talks about bullying and how it only takes one person to step up and say No, and that courage spreads to more people who eventually shut the bully down. This book should be in high schools, I swear lol! The author is by Kathryn Otoshi. Check it out!

Back to Dani Shay – her message now is to Be More Heroic. She created this new non-profit organization to help “inspire individuals and communities to stimulate positive, proactive and courageous action in their daily lives.” (Tweet #BeMoreHeroic to spread the message to others).

http://www.facebook.com/BeMoreHeroic?sk=info

Now for the video:

It Gets Better Project

Being a teenager is hard, having to experience your bodies and voices changing. Hormones raging and sexuality starting to show. It’s a very confusing and difficult time in life. It’s a time when you’re trying to find yourself. Your true colors (so lesbian of me, hehe). Do you remember a time when you just wanted to fit it but you didn’t know exactly where that was? Yes, we all go through it.

What if you’re a teenager AND you’re having feelings about the same-sex? Uh oh, it just got harder, didn’t it? This is where the It Gets Better Project comes in handy! This project didn’t exist when I was a teen, but I’m glad it exists now.

An overview of the campaign:

In September 2010, syndicated columnist and author Dan Savage created a YouTube video with his partner Terry to inspire hope for young people facing harassment. In response to a number of students taking their own lives after being bullied in school, they wanted to create a personal way for supporters everywhere to tell LGBT youth that, yes, it does indeed get better.

Two months later, the It Gets Better Project (TM) has turned into a worldwide movement, inspiring over 10,000 user-created videos viewed over 35 million times. To date, the project has received submissions from celebrities, organizations, activists, politicians and media personalities, including President Barack Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Rep. Nancy Pelosi, Adam Lambert, Anne Hathaway, Colin Farrell, Matthew Morrison of “Glee”, Joe Jonas, Joel Madden, Ke$ha, Sarah Silverman, Tim Gunn, Ellen DeGeneres, Suze Orman, the staffs of The Gap, Google, Facebook, Pixar, the Broadway community, and many more. For us, every video changes a life. It doesn’t matter who makes it.

The website http://www.itgetsbetter.org is a place where young people who are lesbian, gay, bi, or trans can see how love and happiness can be a reality in their future.  It’s a place where our straight allies can visit and support their friends and family members.  It’s a place where people can share their stories, take the It Gets Better Project pledge, watch videos of love and support, and seek help through the Trevor Project and GLSEN.

http://www.itgetsbetter.org/pages/about-it-gets-better-project/

I’m proud of where we are at now and that these organizations exist. It’s important to never feel alone in your battles. You always have support and I can say that, it DOES get better! I promise. I took the pledge on there website and I’d love it if you did the same. It takes a minute or two. You’ll be pledging to help spread this positive message to friends, family and neighbors. Speak up against hate and intolerance and give those teenagers a sense of hope and that they can get through it! 

http://www.itgetsbetter.org/page/s/pledge

For more information, click the link I provided above. They also have shirts you can buy to help support the cause. Thanks for reading!