Monthly Archives: March 2012

Fiona Apple writes to a young gay teen back in 2000

A 16 year old, Bill Magee, wrote to singer, Fiona Apple, back in 2000 after she performed a concert.  The letter he slipped her was a request to write a few sentences of support for his school’s Gay Straight Alliance.   Jezebel.com recently got wind of the letter that Fiona Apple later sent him back.

Hello Bill,

I got your letter a few days ago, but this is the first chance I’ve had to sit down and write (it’s my day off)

Of course, I’d love to help – sign me up. As far as a few sentences go, here’s what I’ve got – I hope it’s OK:

It’s hard to conjure up some new profound way of commenting on this issue – I’m so tired of it being an issue at all, and I suppose I’m lucky, because I see the truth so clearly. All I know I want my friends to be good people, and when my friends fall in love, I want them to fall in love with other good people. How can you go wrong with two people in love? If a good boy loves a good girl, good. If a good boy loves another good boy, good. And if a good girl loves the goodness in good boys and good girls, then all you have is more goodness, and goodness has nothing to do with sexual orientation. A person who loves is a righteous person, and if someone has the ability and desire to show love another – to someone willing to receive it, then for goodness’ sake, let them do it. Hate has no place in the equation; there is no function for it to perform. Love is love, and there will never be too much.

-Fiona Apple

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Advocate celebrates its over four decades of delivering news and entertainment

The Advocate prepares for a momentous night celebrating 45 years of advocacy.  When most causes fall to the wayside, the Advocate is still around and is as relevant as it was 45 years ago if not more.  This is one of the most significant periods in history for the Advocate to be around.  Gay rights and acceptance has been building each year since the early 90’s specifically at an exponential rate.  When same sex marriage was legal (briefly) in California, I was stunned at how fast it happened to begin with.  I thought it would be years or even decades before that came about.  Even though it was taken away (briefly), it actually got the ball rolling and people talking.  It happened that way for a reason.

Advocate.com

L.A. Times Advocate

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The Teen Buzz group

From the Queen Buzz Group

On February 19 at noon, the Teen Buzz group met the rest of our Queen Buzz family.

We met Deana, Nicole, Danielle, and Christina, (but of course we knew Deana, that’s how we got started).

Unfortunately, we didn’t get to meet Jackie who couldn’t be with us. We weren’t all together just to meet up, but for a photo shoot for a no-bullying campaign. We we’re all very excited for this! It was the first time we would meet the rest of the family and our first time we all had a photo shoot together.

With the special talents on Deana she gave us all a black-eye effect with make-up. We all looked as if we really had black eyes! While we took our photos we had to hold up pieces of paper that said a word on how we’ve been bullied. We all had our words and we really got to meet who the other ladies were
from looking at their words.

We all had unique words to describe how we’ve been bullied. We all really had a good time and really got to meet each other. We all had an enjoyable time at the photo shoot and meeting each other.  I am so grateful to be a part of The Queen Buzz. We will be posting more article and we can’t wait to have you reading them! More great things are to be looking forward too!

If you haven’t all ready,
follow me on twitter @theashleybuzz

The Cammy Buzz, The Ashley Buzz, and I met the lovely ladies of The Queen Buzz. We were so excited. We met them because of a serious situation, BULLYING. So many people are affected by it, and we wanted to show how we were affected by it.

We met Deana, Nicole, Danielle, and Christina. Unfortunately we didn’t get to meet Jackie, but we wish we did! They were very nice and funny! We had a wonderful time shooting with them!

We were shooting for the bullying campaign. We had to wear a white shirt and have a black eye.

Thanks to Deana we actually looked like we had a black eye! We had to have a paper written with the one thing that people bully us about. Deana was “PERFECT”.

I was “FRECKLES”.  Camryn was “UNWANTED”. Ashley was “TOO SHORT”. Nicole’s was “MISUNDERSTOOD”. Danielle’s was “LUCKY”. Christina’s was “WORTHLESS”.  I got to know them better by just looking at their word.

If we could stop bullying people wouldn’t suffer everyday by someone physically hurting them or verbally.

I am so happy to be a part of The Queen Buzz. We will be posting more article and soon to come, videos! You guys will get to see new and exciting things coming up.

Such as….

If you haven’t all ready,

follow me on twitter @thekayleebuzz

Hey guys! I know it’s been awhile since we have uploaded an article but today I am going to tell you about my journey with the ladies from The Queen Buzz! I had an amazing time with the girls from the Queen Buzz a couple weeks ago! I got to meet all of them for the first time! I met Christina, Nicole, Danielle, and Deana (I already knew her). Unfortunately, the Teen Buzz girls did not get to meet Jackie.

We didn’t just meet up to say hello, we met up for a reason. We met up to take pictures and videos for the I’ve Been Bullied campaign being run by Catherine Oshanek. We all took pictures of us holding signs that said how we have been bullied.

Deana did all of our makeup, she had to put black
makeup on our eyes to make the effect of a black eye, to make it look like we have been bullied. We all took pictures of us holding signs that said how we have been bullied.

All of us wrote something different on the paper we held in our picture I wrote unwanted, Kaylee wrote freckles, Ashley wrote too short, Christina wrote worthless, Nicole wrote misunderstood, Danielle wrote lucky, and Deana wrote perfect. I had a great time with the Queen Buzz Girls and I hope to get to be with them again! Expect awesome things coming up from the Teen Buzz!

If you haven’t all ready,
follow me on twitter @TheCammyBuzz

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Stephen Baldwin and Rosie Discuss Gay Rights – The Rosie Show – Oprah Winfrey Network

Stephen Baldwin tells Rosie O’Donnell that gays should be able to marry legally, but just not in a Church.

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Moroccan teen forced to marry her rapist did not kill herself, but was forced to drink poison

The mother of Moroccan teenager Aminah Al Fillaly, who reportedly committed suicide after being forced to marry the man who raped her, has revealed her daughter did not kill herself. Instead she was forced to drink poison.

The death of 16-year-old Aminah Al Fillaly was met with outrage when it was reported the desperate teen had taken her own life following her forced marriage to the man who raped her. The IB Times reported Aminah ingested rat poison at her home in Larache. However, her mother has now spoken out denying the reports of her daughter’s suicide.

Emirates 247  reports the teen’s mother said “My daughter told me just before her death that someone made her drink the rat poison.” She did not name the person who forced the poison on her daughter, but went on to say “My daughter suffered greatly during her marriage with that man….he had not lived with her as a husband nor had he carried out his duty for her…..her husband had always mistreated her.”

Hassan Al Fillaly, Aminah’s father, said he objected to his daughter’s marriage to the man who raped her at knife-point, but that he bowed to tribal pressure which puts pressure on a family’s honor to be preserved. Under Moroccan law the rapist was granted immunity from prosecution by marrying his victim.

Following Aminah’s death there were calls for a change in the law. According to al-Akhbar, Morocco’s Democratic League for Women’s Rights organized a demonstration calling for a reform of the criminal code. Additionally Bassima Hakkaoui, Minister for Women and Families in Morocco’s Islamic parliament, called for a debate to reform the law which protected the rapist at the expense of the raped child.

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WATCH: Diner’s React to Trans Teen Coming Out

Gay is one thing, but Trans is another.  Gays are more accepted than ever before and this support continues to increase at an expedited rate every year.  Yeah sure there are those that hate it and want to stop it, but let’s face it that’s just never going to happen and they can spend their lives wrestling with that.

However, a trans person is another ballgame and has less support, even gays aren’t quite supportive of it.   It’s understandable by most that there are people who are attracted to the same sex and that’s just the way it is.  You’re born having that attraction and some even have an attraction for both sexes even though when they commit to one sex, they stay committed.  It’s the same way a guy will marry a woman for life, but he still fantasizes about other women on occasion.  It doesn’t mean he acts on it (or so you hope).

I don’t know much about trans people and don’t even know if that’s the right terminology, but I stumbled upon this video and was moved by the reality.  I don’t know what its like to be a guy, yet inside feel as if you’re a girl and should’ve been born one.  That’s an entirely different matter.  I suppose unless it’s happening to you then there’s no way you can understand.  The same way those that hate gays for whatever frivolous reasons.  Those people simply cannot comprehend what its like to have a profound attraction for the same sex.  You can’t switch it off and you can’t beat it out of someone either.  I think at this point we can stop using the bible as a reason since we all know that was altered by man   during the days of wanting to stop it from happening.   Now those followers like to use falsely use it as their sword to attack.   God created homosexuals and heterosexuals and doesn’t see any distinction between either.  It’s certain men and women that do.  Regardless – this has been beaten into pulp enough already, so onto other things.

The purpose of this post, watch diners react to trans teen coming out:

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Teen, Caleb Laieski, 17, now an advocate on loan in the Phoenix Mayor’s Office

Caleb Laieski, 17.

Phoenix, Ariz — Caleb Laieski, a high school student who was bullied, followed home and threatened for being gay, is now the youngest advocate on loan in the Phoenix Mayor’s Office and working to make a difference.

Laieski, 17, as a youth and diversity liaison, will work to raise awareness about bullying and diversity and serve as a point of contact for youth issues.

“I am honored to have the opportunity to work for one of the largest cities in our nation, and I look forward to continue making Phoenix a safer place for our entire community,” Laieski said. “Being a youth myself, I feel that this opportunity will allow me to bring a young person’s perspective to the administration. During my time in this office, I will strive to see the dropout rate lower, intervention by school administrations steadily increase and the suicide rate rapidly decline.”

Laieski, a former high school student, said he endured anti-gay bullying on a daily basis, which included being followed home by other students and threatened for being gay. Laieski said felt he had no other choice but to leave his school and pursue his GED. Laieski worked for the past five years to fight bullying in schools and decrease the suicide rate among teens by:

• Founding the organization Gays and Lesbians United Against Discrimination.

• Successfully petitioning his former high school district to add sexual orientation to their list of protections.

• Testifying his support for the Arizona Safe Schools Act and SB 1462, an anti-bullying bill.

• Meeting with President Obama and Vice President Biden to ask them to appoint an adviser on LGBT Youth Issues.

• Being named Echo magazine’s Man of the Year in 2011.

A longer list of Laieski’s accomplishments is available here. Laieski was recommended by the Phoenix organization One n Ten, a non-profit dedicated to serving and assisting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth. The organization suggested Laieski to Stanton and his wife, Nicole France Stanton, who is working on anti-bullying efforts. One n Ten is providing a small stipend for Laieski to work five hours per week in Stanton’s office. There is no cost to the Mayor’s office or the city for Laieski’s work.

“I’m excited to have someone as talented as Caleb working in my office because I know he truly cares about our community, our city and our youth,” Stanton said. “I want Phoenix youth to have a voice in my office. I also want our students to be able to concentrate on their education for future success, not be bullied. All our kids deserve to live their lives, no matter who they are, because diversity is a strength in Phoenix.”

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If Madonna were President what would she do? She responded on Facebook then quickly jetted to the UMF Miami club!

Today, live on Facebook with Jimmy Fallon, Madonna was asked what she would do if she were President.  She said she would take all the money away from self defense and put it into schools and education.  Teachers don’t get paid enough.

She also said she would allow all states to approve same sex gay marriage.

She also calls on Quentin Tarantino to direct “Gang Bang”. She’s got the idea to set it in a hotel. All he has to do is show up with a camera.  The song was written after being inspired by his movies with strong women such as “Kill Bill” and “Death Proof.”

If you missed the live chat click here

Madonna quickly jetted to Miami for the biggest outdoor night club for UMF!  The crowd roared when she walked on stage as it was a surprise.  The DJ mixed her song “Girl Gone Wild” to the jumping crowd.

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9th grader offers some recommendations to curb teen suicide and bullying

A Essay fiction. Story summary: I had to do a media assignment for my grade 9 English summative.  So here is my speech on the issue..

Teen suicide

In life, we have to make choices. We have to make choices on what we eat, what we wear and eventually, we have to make a choice on what we want to do with our life. In adolescence, we have our ups and downs. Hormones go crazy and our emotions are like a roller coaster. The need to fit in always takes a toll in our lives. There are times we have to face problems and tough decisions and times we get really sad and emotional. But sometimes, those problems and tough decisions are also too much to handle and these sad emotions last longer than a few weeks. Some teens don’t tell anyone about these emotions or any of these problems. They are scared people are going to judge them and that there is no way out. Sadly, many teens find that suicide is the only way out. Suicide has accounted 2% of deaths in Canada since the 1970′ is the second leading death between the ages of 10-24. In that group, the ages with highest numbers of teen suicide is 15 and up. Suicide is a way to end your life but it is not a solution. Suicide affects the victim’s family and the people around them.

Why do teens try to kill themselves?

Every day, around fourteen teens (ages 15-19) commit suicide, approximately 1 every 100 minutes. On average, 294 teens die each year. These are very shocking statistics. But why are these statistics even present? Why teens are committing suicide? Well some teens try to kill themselves to escape a bad situation that seems impossible; some try to kill themselves to escape feelings or rejection, hurt or loss. Others try to escape the anger, shame or guilt of something they have done. Some may be worried about disappointing family or friends. And others may feel unwanted, unloved, victimized or a burden to their family or friends. We all have those feelings at some point in our lives. Some people try to go through tough situations one step at a time, try to resolve their problems and move on. So why do some people even considered suicide? The answer is that, people who even considered suicide or commit suicide have depression.

Depression

Depression isn’t just mood swings or a just personal weakness. Depression is a serious medical condition with many emotional, physical and behavioural symptoms. Depression leads people to focus on failures and disappointments. Depression affects someone’s thoughts. Depression affects people’s thoughts and clouds their reasoning. And these sad and bad thoughts are an illusion that convinces the person that there is no way out of these emotional or physical problems, and that suicide is the only solution. Depression is a factor on teen suicide and sadly, teens are quite vulnerable from depression. That’s because hormones and sleep cycles change dramatically during adolescence and it can affect someone’s mood. The good news is that depression can be treatable. Most teens can get cured with the right kind of help.

Suicide is not always planned?

In some cases, suicide is planned. But in many cases, suicide is sudden. Suicide just happens impulsively, in a moment. Some wants to die and some are not sure that they want to die. For some victims, suicide is that only way to express their pain. They can’t say how they really feel so, for them, suicide is the only way to get their message across. Sadly, many victims die from their suicide attempts or become extremely ill.

The warning signs:

Here of some of the warning signs of someone who is depressed and seriously considering suicide:

Talking about suicide or death in general

Talking about “going away”

Giving away possessions and saying that they won’t be needing them

Talking about feeling helpless, worthless or feeling guilty

Pulling away from friends and family or losing the desire to go out and socialize

Having no desire to take part in favourite activities or events

Having trouble concentrating or thinking clearly

Experiencing changes in sleep and eating habits

Engaging in self-destructive behaviour

Etc.

When someone dies, how does it affect their family and th people around them?

When someone dies of teen suicide, it can bring confusion, guilt and wonder were there even signs of suicidal thoughts. It is important for family and friends of those who die to know that they should not blame themselves. People can who are left behind can wrestle with horrible emotional pain. Teens that lost a family member, a friend, a loved one or even a classmate to suicide may be especially vulnerable to suicidal thinking and behaviour themselves.

Coping with problems:

The best way to deal with problems is to tell someone you trust about them, be around positive and caring people and even ask someone who dealt with the problem advice. There are people who cares deeply about you and they are willing to help.

If you are feeling depressed, wanting to commit suicide or know someone who is suicidal:

If you are currently feeling suicidal, get help immediately. Depression is a very powerful emotion. You can’t wait for this feeling to go away and for you to get better. When someone is feeling bad for a very long, it’s harder to get back on your feet. Talk to someone who you trust and to confide too. And please, if you ever feel suicidal, please call the numbers here presented for you. If you have a friend who is having any of these symptoms, please ask questions, listen and try to talk to your friend. If you your friend is really considering to commit suicide, tell someone immediately. You may feel like you are betraying your friend, but in reality, you are helping your friend by telling and getting help. For more information, please feel free to call any of these hotlines at any time. You have the decision to help your friend from suicide or to save. Make the right choice.

Description of my poster:

Light and Colour: The light is sort of gloomy and the colour is kind of bland and the person on the swing has shading and shadows. I chose to do this to create an affect and to show the public that people who are suicidal may feel that way and that they are stuck in the darkness.

Details: I chose to use this creepy font to grab attention to the public and that they would be interested to read the billboard. And I chose to use this size because it’s not too big and it’s not too small and the fonts will create an impact to the reader.

Design: I chose to but the statistic on the top, so it can be the first thing people will read and then I put a slogan below that to create an affect to viewers. And then I put the hotlines on the below the person on the swing and under that I put the phrase “you are not alone” to create a feeling for the public. I put the phrase you are not alone in the bottom because on the very top, it’s sad but in the bottom, I wanted to create hope and I wanted to explain to the victims who might be reading this that they are not alone and that there are people who understand how they are feeling.

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Author of 5 Stories

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MADONNA defends gays against gay Propaganda laws; Bullying & Teen Suicide; new album, video & will answer questions on Facebook.

Last week, following the passage by St. Petersburg, Russia of a law banning gay “propaganda” which bars (and imposes fines for) gay groups, gay books and periodicals, LGBT Pride events, and other “promotion” of homosexuality, there were calls from Russian journalists for boycotts of the city.

Madonna’s first tour in Russia this year drew the ire of orthodox Christian activists. Now she vows to defy a new law against promoting homosexuality when she performs in President-elect Vladimir Putin’s hometown in August.

Madonna Answers St Petersburg’s Controversy:

“I’m a freedom fighter.
My show
My songs
My work
My art
Is all about freedom of expression
Freedom to choose to speak to act
Always with humanity and compassion
I will come to St. Petersburg to speak up for the gay community, to support the gay community and to give strength and inspiration to anyone who is or feels opressed.
I don’t run away from adversity.
I will speak during my show about this ridiculous atrocity.”

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MADONNA – “MDNA’

NEW ALBUM AVAILABLE NOW

Madonna’s latest studio album entitled “MDNA” is available now.   The album is a lot of fun and almost a longer version of “Confessions on a Dance Floor”.  It’s really quite good, but that’s not a surprise when it comes to the woman who has been working non-stop in the entertainment industry for 30 years.  She’s one of the few artists who is known in every corner of the globe, every generation regardless of race, religious denomination, political affiliation or sexual orientation.  She manages to attract the best parts of all them to her.

Pick up your copy of MDNA here and go for the deluxe edition so you can get a bunch of additional tracks.  The album hit #1 in 50 countries before it’s release date.  She will also be touring the world this year starting in May. Check to see if she’s performing in a city near you! www.ticketmaster.com

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GIRL GONE WILD

2nd single from MDNA released

WATCH THE HOT VIDEO!

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MADONNA SPEAKS OUT

against bullying & teen suicide on ELLEN

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Madonna's Live Facebook Q&A moderated by Jimmy Fallon
If Madonna were President she says she would make gay marriage legal everywhere.

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GIMME ALL YOUR LOVIN’

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