Throughout 2015, the UNiTE campaign advocated, organized and mobilized its constituencies to keep violence against women at the top of national and global agendas. It highlighted key developments, engaged diverse communities, and focused its global advocacy on ensuring that violence against women and girls was prioritized in the global development agenda.
A new global development agenda, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development was adopted in September 2015. It was accepted by all countries and is applicable to all. Through its 17 goals and 169 targets, the agenda for global action for the next 15 years addresses the three dimensions of sustainable development; the economic, social and environmental. It recognizes gender equality and the empowerment of women as a key priority and pledges that ‘no one will be left behind’. Goal 5 of the agenda aims to ‘Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls’ and includes specific targets…
Josephine O’Halloran: ‘Bullies avoid accepting responsibility for their own bad behaviour and they divert attention away from their inadequacy. They are insecure, have low self-esteem and lack confidence.’ PHOTO: JOE O’SHAUGHNESSY.
City Lives – Bernie Ní Fhlatharta meets psychotherapist and counsellor Josephine O’Halloran
Workplace bullying may be the butt of office jokes but it is very serious and can be the cause of anxiety, depression, insomnia and even lead to suicide.
One city based counsellor and psychotherapist, Josephine O’Halloran has seen an increase in recent years in the number of people presenting with issues relating to bullying in the workplace.
“Bullying is alive and happening in Galway in places as diverse as large companies and corporations to small companies,”
Research shows that 15% of people who take their own lives have been bullied in the year before their death. Josephine explains that bullying destroys a person’s confidence and self-belief, which…
The honorees at the 10th-annual event also included Danny Moder, Derek Hough and student Cliff Tang
The Beverly Wilshire ballroom hosted accomplished actors, writers, producers, directors, activists and a very famous A-lister on Friday night for GLSEN’s Respect Awards Los Angeles, but it was a group of LGBT teens from the organization’s student ambassador program that garnered the most praise and respect from the lively Hollywood crowd.
Even that Oscar winning A-lister – Julia Roberts who was honored with the night’sHumanitarian Awardwith absentee hubby Danny Moder– seemed star struck by the students, whose courage in rising above bullyingto live truthful lives was on full display throughout the evening. “The young people in this room have encouraged me infinitely,” she said during her closing acceptance speech close to 10 p.m., a time she joked would normally be in line with her second REM cycle. “I’m so moved, I’m so amazed and I feel that it is now our responsibility as the Moder family – me and the four of them who didn’t come – to support all of you in this room in any and every way we can.”
Moder couldn’t make it because he was in Texas, relayed Roberts, but Ryan Murphy could. The multi-hyphenate presented the actress with her award and in the process praised the couple’s philanthropic efforts on behalf of GLSEN, UNICEF, Heal the Bay, Stand Up to Cancer and the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves. On a lighter note, Murphy dubbed the Moders “damn fine role models” and noted that Roberts filmed the classic Pretty Woman in the same hotel 25 years ago. (Reg Bev Will, anyone?)
Speaking of herscreen work, Murphy also said that Roberts is one of the main reasons his HBO film The Normal Heart got made. During her speech, Roberts(who sat next to her agent, CAA’s Kevin Huvane) said she was thrilled to be recognized but she’s fully aware of what her role in the process really is.
“It’s a bit of a fraud because there is so much power and conversation that goes on in this room that is separate from us,” noted Roberts, who also had a witty retort for Murphy, telling him, “Twenty five years is a long time, Ryan.” “I realized tonight that I serve a purpose as a finger pointer … a good finger pointer. The one that says, ‘Look over here. Look at this young man.’ A humanitarian is a person who brings attention to the welfare and good works of others. In that regard, we are that. We are all that. I feel like this award should be the big mom award because that is what moms do all day, every day.”
The real names of the night’s other big awards are the Chairman’s Award, the Inspiration Award and the Student Advocate of the Year Award. The event – an annual fundraiser that recognizes the work of individuals, networks and companies who are creating change for LGBT studentsand peers in K-12 schools – pulled in more than $1.2 million for GLSEN, announced Kevin Brockmanduring the night’s opening remarks from the podium where he stood alongside Kathy Kloves.
The scribe, who is married to Harry Potter screenwriter Steve Kloves, enthusiastically praised her gay son as “handsome,” adding, “It doesn’t matter to me that my son is gay or straight, I just love my son for who he is.”
Kloves and Brockman, who serves as both executive vp global communications for the Disney/ABC Television Group executive and chairman of the board of GLSEN, served as the night’s co-hosts along with DreamWorks’ Chip Sullivan. Brockman and Sullivan got several nice shout outs during the evening for their tireless work on behalf of GLSEN, a national education org that works to ensure safe schools for all students by providing educational materials, policy, student organizing programs and educator training initiatives.
But back to the awards. NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt grabbed the Chairman’s trophy and proved to be a fitting recipient due to his involvement in bringing many gay characters and storylines to the small screen as well as his standing as the only gay broadcasttelevision chairman.
NBC Parks and Recreation star Amy Poehlerpresented Greenblatt with his award and provided the packed room with many reasons to laugh. First she praised his credits, mentioning his work in bringing marginalized characters and under-served communities to the forefront on such shows as The L Word, Six Feet Under, Chicago Fire, The Voice and The New Normal, among many others. Then she mentioned that he’s “guided us and our network back to No. 1.” “What Bob can’t say tonight is suck it everybody,” she laughed. “We’re No. 1 and you’re not!” Poehler also added: “(Bob) knows that television is a powerful and intimate medium that comes into your homes and you watch people act and you learn how you want to act and who you want to be. And most importantly, he kept Parks and Recreation on the air.” In accepting his award, Greenblatt remembered an early time in his career when he worked at Fox which put Darren Star’s Melrose Place on the air. (The original series, not the “tacky remake on the CW,” he joked). The year was 1994 and one of the main characters, who was gay, was to film a scene that called for a same-sex kiss. Instead of pushing the conservative boundaries of the time, thenetwork “dipped the screen to black until the kiss was over,” said Greenblatt, who admittedly was too low on the totem pole to fight the network and advertisers. “It was really disheartening to see a network so afraid … that they literally turned the lights out. The battle I lost then only motivated me to push harder for the cause as time went on and I’m happy to say it did get easier very quickly.”…..continue reading»»»»»»
Articleby Chris Gardner for the Hollywood Reporter Oct 18, 2016
The Chair and founder of theKofi Annan Foundation shares his vision for a fairer, more peaceful world. We have, for too long, been consuming the resources of the world as if there were no tomorrow. We need to create a world that is equitable, stable, and where the needs of the individual are at the centre of our efforts.
The Kofi Annan Foundationmobilises political will to overcome threats to peace, development and human rights. In most cases the expertise and evidence needed to solve pressing problems such as poverty, armed conflict and poor governance already exist. What holds us back is lack of leadership or political will to identify and deliver solutions. The Foundation mobilises those who are in a position to influence and bring leadership to the world’s most pressing problems.
How the Kofi Annan Foundation works
Private diplomacy ~ The Foundation provides counsel and participates in diplomatic initiatives to avert or resolve crises.
Public advocacy~ Through targeted public interventions, the Foundation helps shape public discussion of global issues and threats.
Convening power ~ The Foundation brings together leaders in diplomacy, business, politics and civil society to jointly tackle threats and crises.
Mediation & Crisis resolution ~ The Foundation provides its good offices, mediates, or intervenes in crises when it can make a difference.
The three pillars of a fairer, more peaceful world
Peace and security ~ There can be no long term peace without development.
Sustainable development~ There can be no long-term development without security.
Human rights and the rule of law ~ No society can long remain prosperous without respect for human rights and the rule of law.
Kofi Annan – Biography
Kofi Annan, the founding chair of the Kofi Annan Foundation, is a Nobel Peace Prize laureate and was the Secretary-General of the United Nations between 1997 and 2006. With the Foundation, Kofi Annan seeks to mobilise political will to overcome threats to peace, development and human rights.
Today Oct 20, 2016 is #SpiritDay, Spirit Day, the largest and most visible campaign in the world working to advance acceptance of LGBTQ youth. Spirit Day takes place on October 20th and inspires millions around the world to wear purple or ‘go purple’ on their social media accounts, creating a united stand against bullying and in support of LGBTQ youth.
The degree and kind of a man’s sexuality reach up into the ultimate pinnacle of his spirit ~ Friedrich Nietzsche
Today Sept 15, 2016 GLAAD launched the officialcountdown to Spirit Day, the largest and most visible campaign in the world working to advance acceptance of LGBTQ youth. Spirit Day takes place on October 20th and inspires millions around the world to wear purple or ‘go purple’ on their social media accounts, creating a united stand against bullying and in support of LGBTQ youth.
“Since its inception, Spirit Day has brought unparalleled attention to one of the most painful issues that disproportionately affects LGBTQ youth – bullying,” said GLAAD President & CEO Sarah Kate Ellis. According to GLSEN’s most recent National School Climate Survey, 85% of LGBT students report they have been verbally harassed with 65% percent reporting that they have heard homophobic remarks frequently or often in school. GLSEN also reported that 30% of students…
Today October 19, 2016 is Unity Day, The campaign is held during the month of October and unites communities around the world to educate and raise awareness of bullying prevention, so go ahead, orange your world for Unity Day.
Join the movement! Celebrate a Decade Together Against Bullying.
Unity Day is Wednesday October 19, 2016
National Bullying Prevention Month is anationwide campaign founded in 2006by PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center. The campaign is held during the month of October and unites communities around the world to educate and raise awareness of bullying prevention.
Over the past 10 years, this campaign grew from a small week-long event to a worldwide effort with multiple activities throughout October. National Bullying Prevention Month is supported by hundreds of schools, major corporations, and celebrities.
Be a part of this exciting anniversary and spread the message: The End of Bullying Begins With Me! read more »»»»»»»»»»»»
October is a great time to include positive representations of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people, history and events in your classroom and assess opportunities for LGBT-inclusive curriculum throughout the year.
Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN)
GLSEN (pronounced “glisten”) was founded in 1990 by a small, but dedicated group of teachers in Massachusetts who came together to improve an education system that too frequently allows its lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQ) students to be bullied, discriminated against, or fall through the cracks. Over 25 years later, that small group has grown into the leading national education organization focused on ensuring safe and affirming schools for LGBTQ students.We face a pervasive problem with a set of new challenges. 8 out of 10 LGBT students are still harassed at school each year because of who they are.
• Commemorating and learning from the life of Matthew Shepard
• Teaching themes of empathy and social justice
• Implementing LGBT-Inclusive curriculum while meeting reading and writing standards
• Supporting LGBT students
Using Lesléa Newman’s award-winning book of poetry, OCTOBER MOURNING: A SONG FOR MATTHEW SHEPARD, as a foundation, educators can foster meaningful dialogue with students while meeting English/Language Arts and Social Studies standards.
He Continues to Make a Differenceis a resource for high school educators that includes information and best practices for supporting LGBT students and developing an LGBT-inclusive curriculum, along with classroom resources and lessons aligned with ELA Common Core State Standards. ClickHEREto learn more.
This resources was developed by GLSEN, the Matthew Shepard Foundation, Lesléa Newman and Candlewick Press. ClickHEREto learn more about the partners and their offerings.
Introduce Matthew’s Place to your LGBTQ Students!
MatthewsPlace.com is an online community and resource site for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans*, queer and questioning youth ages 13 to 24. The LGBTQ safe space works to support youth, combat bullying, and give young people a platform to make their voices heard.
Matthew’s Place features interviews with individuals in the LGBT and allied community and an in-depth list of shelters, outreach centers, and empowerment programs that are welcoming of youth regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.
Matthew’s Place is a program of the Matthew Shepard Foundation. The foundation was founded after the death of Matthew Shepard following a traumatic attack he suffered in one of America’s most notorious anti-gay hate crimes in Laramie, Wyoming.
Since its creation,MatthewsPlace.com has received hundreds of thousands of unique visitors who have used its 50-state resource and service directory; read inspirational interviews with LGBT and allied professionals, political leaders, entertainers and activists; participated in chat sessions with Matthew Shepard Foundation staff and special guests; and viewed written and video blogs by LGBT youth across the country.
The site is inspired by the intense need for information, support and services by LGBTQ youth, particularly in rural areas where in-person services and organizations are sparse or nonexistent. The site hopes to inspire happiness, health, and positive choices among LGBTQ youth.
At the foundation ofHe Continues to Make a Differenceis Lesléa Newman’s award-winning OCTOBER MOURNING: A SONG FOR MATTHEW SHEPARD. Watch the trailer and read below to learn more.
On the night of October 6, 1998, a gay twenty-one-year-old University of Wyoming student named Matthew Shepard was lured from a bar by two young men, then savagely beaten, tied to a fence on the outskirts of Laramie, and left to die. Five days later, Lesléa Newman arrived on campus to give the keynote speech for the University of Wyoming’s Gay Awareness Week. October Mourningis Newman’s deeply personal response to the events of that tragic day and its brutal aftermath. This work of poetic imagination explores the impact of the vicious crime through fictitious monologues from various points of view, including the fence to which Matthew was tied, the deer that kept watch beside him, and even Matthew himself.
OCTOBER MOURNING: A SONG FOR MATTHEW SHEPARD is a cycle of sixty-eight poems that serves as an illumination for readers too young to remember and as a powerful, enduring tribute to Matthew Shepard’s life and legacy. Click HEREfor more information about the book and accompanying resources.
The degree and kind of a man’s sexuality reach up into the ultimate pinnacle of his spirit ~ Friedrich Nietzsche
Today Sept 15, 2016 GLAAD launched the officialcountdown to Spirit Day, the largest and most visible campaign in the world working to advance acceptance of LGBTQ youth. Spirit Day takes place on October 20th and inspires millions around the world to wear purple or ‘go purple’ on their social media accounts, creating a united stand against bullying and in support of LGBTQ youth.
“Since its inception, Spirit Day has brought unparalleled attention to one of the most painful issues that disproportionately affects LGBTQ youth – bullying,” said GLAAD President & CEO Sarah Kate Ellis. According to GLSEN’s most recent National School Climate Survey, 85% of LGBT students report they have been verbally harassed with 65% percent reporting that they have heard homophobic remarks frequently or often in school. GLSEN also reported that 30% of students missed at least one day of school in a given month because they felt unsafe or uncomfortable in their school environment. Ellis adds, “Young people are our future, and it’s imperative that we empower them to be the leaders of tomorrow. With updated anti-bullying resources in multiple languages, Spirit Day 2016 is sure to reach more youth than ever with messages of acceptance and support.”
Every year, Spirit Day draws the participation and suport of celebrities, corporations, media outlets, sports leagues, schools, faith institutions, national landmarks, and individuals. This year, Spirit Day is made possible by the generous support of its presenting partners Target and Wells Fargo, official partners, Dow, Google, NBA and WNBA, NFL, and WWE, and supporting partners, American Eagle Outfitters, Barilla, Chobani, Comcast NBCUniversal, Kellogg’s, Kirkland & Ellis, Toyota Financial Services, and Zipcar.
“LGBTQ youth deserve the opportunity to reach their full potential. To be comfortable with and proud of who they are. To be free to be exactly who they were born to be, “said Laysha Ward, Executive Vice President & Chief Corporate Social Responsibility Officer, Target. “Target is excited to be a Spirit Day presenting partner, working with GLAAD to raise awareness around the issue of bullying in the LGBTQ youth community.”
“A child’s true potential should never be diminished by fear,” said John Lake, Wells Fargo’s LGBT segment leader. “We see Spirit Day as a powerful tool to raise awareness of the challenges faced by kids who identify as LGBTQ and to show our solidarity as an ally. We are committed to working alongside GLAAD to help combat bullying and protect LGBTQ youth – an effort that remains at the core of our decades-long commitment to the LGBTQ community.”
To celebrate the countdown to Spirit Day, GLAAD also released crucial anti-bullying resources for educators, parents, and students. GLAAD’s Anti-Bullying Resource Kit provides tools and information teachers the aide in keeping bullying out of the classroom and help both teachers and parents support LGBTQ youth. Additionally, GLAAD released the Spirit Day Kit, which helps people of all ages bring Spirit Day directly to their community, including schools and local media outlets.
Coinciding with National Bullying Prevention Month, Spirit Day began in 2010 after a high school student posted the idea to her Tumblr page following the suicide deaths of several LGBTQ and LGBTQ-perceived young people. Previous Spirit Day participants include The White House, The Empire State Building, Britney Spears, Oprah Winfrey, Ellen DeGeneres, Cher, Shaquille O’Neal, Good Morning America, The Today Show, The View, The Talk, The Tonight Show, the NBA, the NFL, Major League Baseball, NASCAR, WWE, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr, the Las Vegas Strip, and more.
Creativity is a gift. It doesn’t come through if the air is cluttered. – John Lennon
On October 9th 2016, I will be on the island of Viðey in Reykjavík, Iceland, to relightImagine Peace Tower in memory of my late husband John Lennon, on the occasion of his 76th birthday. Join usLIVE on Periscopeon 9th Oct 2016 for the Imagine Peace Towerrelighting ceremony, with music from the Söngfjelagið Choir, speeches by Yoko Ono and Dagur Eggertsson (Mayor of Reykjavik), and to watchIMAGINE PEACE TOWER light up the skies again to the music of John Lennon. Announcements will be on theYoko Ono Twitter feed.
Live feed begins
7:30pm Reykjavik ~ 8:30pm London & Liverpool ~ 3:30pm New York ~ 12:30pm Los Angeles ~ 4:30am Tokyo.
Ceremony and Speeches
8pm Reykjavik ~ 9pm London & Liverpool ~ 4pm New York ~ 1pm Los Angeles ~ 5am Tokyo.
Just a few of many Cover’s of Imagine by other artist
I hope the IMAGINE PEACE TOWER will give light to the strong wishes of World Peace from all corners of the planet. And give encouragement, inspiration and a sense of solidarity in a world now filled with fear and confusion. Let us come together to realise a peaceful world.
Love is our energy. Wisdom is our power. It’s time to shed light to all corners of the world. Enjoy the trip we make together.
“Acting is an art form. If you are not creating something that’s unusual and informative and at least has the possibility of being illuminating, then you are not into it as an art form.” ~ Bruce Glover
“Queen + Adam Lambert – Live in Japan” will be released in Japan on December 20th, 2016. This multi-format release captures the band’s headliner performance that took place on 17th August 2014 at Marine Stadium, the main stage of Japan’s largest rock festival, ”Summer Sonic” in its entirety. The combination of Queen’s long and legendary standing with the young talent of Adam Lambert made for an unforgettable show. The stadium was filled to the brim with fans eager to see the first live show of Queen + Adam Lambert performing together on stage in Japan. The show itself, preluded by “Procession”, opened with “Now I’m Here”, and what followed was a performance of hit after hit, such as “Another One Bites The Dust”, “Killer Queen”, “Under Pressure”, “I Was Born To Love You”, “Radio Ga Ga”, “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “We Are The Champions”. Another highlight of the night was the performance of “Teo Toriatte (Let Us Cling Together)”, a song written by Brian May especially for the Japanese fans and includes Japanese lyrics.
Even in 2016, two years since that show, Brian May recalls “We all thought it was quite a difficult gig. The audience was wonderful but it was so hot and so humid, it was very difficult to play, but when we saw the video, we thought that it was great and the interaction with the crowd was great”.Adam Lambert also recalls: “The Japanese audience was so passionate, so emotional. You could feel the connection. And it’s different than in other countries; there is something very special there”. Roger Taylor also adds “The audience reaction was fantastic, and it was such a young audience, which was a big surprise for us”.
Since that summer of 2014, Queen + Adam Lambert have once again earned much critical acclaim from Japanese media and fans alike with their live performances, having successfully wrapped up a three-night run at Nippon Budokan in September 2016.
“Queen + Adam Lambert – Live in Japan”, released exclusively in Japan in various formats, will surely be yet another memorable release for the Japanese fans who wish to experience and relive such a special night.
We fund frontline programmes that help to alleviate the pain – whether physical, emotional or financial – of those living with, affected by or at risk of HIV/AIDS, and to continue the fight against this worldwide pandemic so that no one is left behind.
AIDS is the most devastating modern day disease. By the end of the 20th century, 50 years worth of public health gains were annihilated by AIDS, which continues to destroy lives. Our vision today, along with thousands around the world, is to create an AIDS free future through science, support and most of all compassion.
NO MORE DISCRIMINATION
Stigma is still HIV’s most deadly symptom. We have cheap, easy ways to test for HIV, and ever more effective drugs to treat the HIV virus. We cannot use them if people living with or very vulnerable to HIV are shunned, hidden, or denied their human rights. Compassion cures discrimination. It needs no special training or qualifications, just a belief that all people deserve the chance to protect themselves and others. Without compassion, we cannot create an AIDS free future.
NO MORE HIV INFECTIONS
We fund a huge range of projects – from mobile testing units at football matches to sending SMS text reminders to pregnant women. They all make HIV testing easy, affordable, reliable and above all are offered to everyone without judgement or discrimination. It’s essential that HIV testing is a routine part of public health. The work we fund is always linked to national systems, and we lobby governments ensure the structures are in place to maintain and expand them.
NO MORE AIDS DEATHS
HIV medicines are now available for as little as $100 a year. Enlightened donors, NGOs and governments have made them available to over 16 million people living with HIV. These medicines not only save lives, they make people living with the virus up to 96% less infectious. So it turns out compassion for those who are sick has also been the best prevention plan. We fund programmes that expand affordable, quality medical treatment to reach those who urgently need help and are still waiting.
At the Elton John AIDS Foundation we believe that AIDS can be beaten. Our goal is to create an AIDS free future for everybody in this world. With enough support, love and creativity, we know this is possible.
OTHER WAYS YOU CAN HELP
MR STANFORD’s Singapore umbrella is now available as part of the RED collection in partnership with the Elton John AIDS Foundation. Make a statement this winter with our printed canopy. each umbrella has nickel finishes, MR STANFORD engraved sliding tip cup, solid wood shaft and natural bark Chestnut handle.
MR STANFORD will be donating 70% of the Retail Price from our on line sales of the RED collection to the Elton John AIDS Foundation.
“It is infantile superstition of the human spirit that virginity would be thought a virtue and not the barrier that separates ignorance from Knowledge” ~ Voltaire
Global superstar George Michael continues his extraordinary career when he releases
‘Symphonica’, his sixth solo album, on March 17. ‘Symphonica’ was recorded during the tour of the same name of 2011 and ‘12 and was co-produced by George himself, alongside
the late, legendary Phil Ramone.’Let Her Down Easy’, the lead single from ‘Symphonica’ is now at radio on and will be released on iTunes/digital platforms on March 17. ‘Let Her Down Easy’ was written and originally performed byTerence Trent D’Arby.
Since he entered our lives in 1982 with the ground-breaking slice of exuberance that was ‘Wham! Rap (Enjoy What You Do)’, George Michael has become an international artist of the highest order. He has sold well over 100 million albums in a world where Germany’s population is 80 million and the United Kingdom’s is 63 million. He’s topped charts from Austria to Australia. He’s sold-out stadiums from Tokyo to Tampa. He re-defined popular music with his debut solo album, 1987’s ‘Faith’ and has subsequently crafted a substantial, enormously popular body of work.
Perhaps, though, the real starting point is Radlett, a commuter town of 60,000 souls, north-west of London, where some scenes of Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange were filmed. It’s where young Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou (born 25 June 1963) and his loving, tightly bound, part-Greek-Cypriot, part-English family moved from their original North London home. Like teenagers the world over, George and his best friend, fellow Bushey Meads Comprehensive student Andrew Ridgeley, would dream of pop stardom, of making it big: “I wanted to be loved,” admitted George. “It was an ego satisfaction thing”. Deep down, the pair of dreamers understood that it wasn’t going to happen. These things just didn’t happen.
Yet, these things do occasionally happen and as Wham!, the duo would encapsulate the early-’80s. From that first single to their last, 1986’s ‘The Edge Of Heaven/Where Did Your Heart Go’, they sold 25 million records and they departed in a blaze of glory before 72,000 people at Wembley Stadium on June 26 1986, their friendship as strong as it was in the beginning. Wham! never got old and never lost their exclamation mark, but along the way, George won the first of his three Ivor Novello Songwriter Of The Year awards in 1985. They had two US Number 1 singles and a Number 1 album – titled ‘Make It Big’ to commemorate those Bushey Meads dreams – they became first western band to play China and George began his long but mercifully mostly undocumented commitment to charity work with a performance onBand Aid’s ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas’ and by donating all Wham! royalties from their ‘Last Christmas/Everything She Wants’ single to Ethiopian famine relief.
Even when Wham! were in their pomp and George was contributing to his friend and sparring partner Elton John’s ‘Nikita’ and ‘Wrap Her Up’, it was plain that George’s destiny was solo and that his new, more mature songs were too worldly, too adult to fit into the format of a good-time duo. He’d already dipped a toe in solo waters in 1984 with a song he’d written as a 17-year-old (“a very precocious lyric!” he quipped) while riding the number32 bus home as a teenager. ‘Careless Whisper’ (credited to Wham! Featuring George Michael in the US) not only introduced one of the great lines in popular music, “guilty feet have got no rhythm”, but showed that there was more to George than the instant joy of‘Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go’ and ‘Young Guns (Go For It)’. ‘Careless Whisper’ charged to Number 1 in America and topped the charts in Australia, Canada, France, Holland, Italy, Ireland, South Africa, Switzerland and the UK, amongst others.
Just to prove ‘Careless Whisper’ was no fluke, before Wham!’s final hurrah, George’s second solo single, ‘A Different Corner’ topped the British charts and went Top 10 in the US, Australia, Austria, Germany, Holland, Ireland and Switzerland. As someone once almost said, you didn’t have to be a weatherman to see which way the wind was blowing.
His first post-Wham! offering wasn’t even a solo effort. Instead, hot on the heels of singing alongside Stevie Wonder on a glorious ‘Love’s In Need Of Love Today’ at the world’s leading soul venue, Harlem’s Apollo Theater,George became the first white male vocalist to duet with Aretha Franklin, whom he described as “the best femalesoul singer in the world”. The magical, life-affirming, Grammy-winning ‘I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)’swept its way to Number 1 on both sides of the Atlantic, Australia, Ireland and Holland.
Then, shortly after George contributed vocals to ex-Shalamar chanteuse Jody Watley’s self-titled album came the iconic, groundbreaking ‘Faith’, which would eventually top charts in the UK, US, Australia, Ireland and Holland before going 10X Platinum in the US and 5X Platinum in the UK. Released in October 1987 and recorded earlier that year at Puk, in Judland, somewhere in the Danish countryside (it was a tax year thing; but George just yearned for home) and Sarm West Studio 2 in West London, it surprised everyone who suspected that for all Wham!’s obvious style and swagger, they might have lacked real depth.
‘Faith’ is the one written (except for his childhood and current friend David Austin’s sterling contribution to ‘Look At Your Hands’), produced and arranged by George himself. It’s the one which stayed atop the American charts for 12 weeks and the one which spawned four of his six number one US singles: ‘Faith’ itself, ‘Father Figure’, ‘One More Try’ and ‘Monkey’.
Widely acclaimed as the British ‘Thriller’, ‘Faith’ sold over 10 million copies in the US alone (it’s found its way into almost 25 million homes worldwide), it transformed George Michael from global teen idol to global adult superstar – in the process coining one of his least favourite phrases “doing a George Michael” – and it paved the way for the extraordinary delights to come.
And ‘Faith’ was the album which made the Michael mantelpiece sag with awards: a Grammy for Album Of The Year; three American Music Awards (Favourite Album (Soul/R&B); Favourite Male Vocalist (Soul/R&B) and Favourite Male Vocalist (Pop/Rock)) plus an MTV Award for ‘Father Figure’ (Best Direction) and Ivor Novello Awards for Songwriter Of The Year and International Hit Of The Year.
The Nelson Mandela Foundation was established in 1999 when its Founder, Mr Nelson Mandela, stepped down as the President of South Africa.
Mr Mandela was South Africa’s first democratically elected President. On 9 May 1994, soon after our landmark election results were in, he was unanimously elected President by South Africa’s new Members of Parliament.
The next day, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was sworn in at an inauguration ceremony at the Union Buildings in Pretoria. He vowed to serve only one term as President, and in 1999 he stepped down to make way for President Thabo Mbeki.
Soon after Mr Mbeki was inaugurated as President on 16 June 1999, Mr Mandela was on the telephone to rally his staff for the new tasks ahead. They had to remind him they no longer worked for him, and so the Nelson Mandela Foundation was born. As Mr Mandela’s post-presidential office, it provided the base for his charitable work, covering a wide range of endeavours: from building schools to HIV/AIDS work, from research into education in rural areas to peace and reconciliation interventions.
Five years later, the Foundation began its transition into an organisation focused on memory, dialogue and legacy work. A comprehensive refurbishment of the Foundation’s building provided it with an appropriate physical home, the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory. The Centre was opened on 18 November 2013, three years to the day after Mr Mandela last used the building as his office.
Founding principles of the Nelson Mandela Foundation
The creation, establishment, protection and preservation of a Centre of Memory about Mr Mandela, which contains an archive of the life and times, works and writings of the Founder
Convening dialogue around critical social issues, including particular issues regarding human rights and democracy, in order to contribute to a just society
The promotion of, or engaging in, philosophical activities, including discussion regarding issues pertaining to human rights and democracy
The raising of funds in furtherance of the Trust’s objectives
The provision of support services to or the promotion of the common interests of public benefit organisations.
A society that remembers its past, listens to all its voices, and pursues social justice.
To contribute to the making of a just society by promoting the legacy of Nelson Mandela, providing an integrated public information resource on his life and times, and convening dialogue around critical social issues.
To deliver to the world an integrated and dynamic information resource on the life and times of Nelson Mandela, and promote the finding of sustainable solutions to critical social problems through memory-based dialogue interventions.
Nelson Mandela International Day was launched in recognition of Nelson Mandela’s birthday on 18 July 2009 via unanimous decision of the UN General Assembly.
It was inspired by a call Nelson Mandela made a year earlier, for the next generation to take on the burden of leadership in addressing the world’s social injustices when he said that “it is in your hands now”.
It is more than a celebration of Madiba’s life and legacy; it is a global movement to honour his life’s work and to change the world for the better.
Take your flaws in stride, nurture your talents, take pride in your Queerness, and share all the love you have. — Adam Lambert
After recording the song a few months ago, I felt very compelled to create a video to further communicate it’s meaning. I notice such diversity in my audiences when I’m on tour: Young, old, male, female, Trans, Gay, Straight, White, Black, Asian, Hispanic, and every beautiful in-between. The common bond is that they are all HUMAN BEINGS. No matter how we identify, the human heart has a universal set of emotions and needs.
Sure it’s idealistic, but couldn’t we be recognising our similarities, instead of our differences? It all comes down to Identity. We as a society are obsessed with how to classify and define each person. There are new labels invented monthly for how to describe new “types”. In some cases, these labels are needed to empower us and give us clarity, but it seems that at some point, all the categorising can become quite divisive.
Welcome To The Show is an anthem about facing exactly who you are and OWNING it. Its intended as a mantra to inspire strength and PRIDE.
I’ve seen so many people trapped by the identity they put so much effort into maintaining, or shunned by choosing not to. I have fallen into that trap myself True Individuality seems daunting in our age of social media popularity contests. Sometimes it’s terrifying to face your true, whole self, stripped of any pretence. The good, the bad, the cracks, and the scars. I am no stranger to the feeling of not liking myself.
Once I get past my own body image issues, I realise that I sometimes also neglect my own spirit. Living in a world filled with so much hatred sometimes makes cultivating self-love a very difficult task. I have always struggled with this as I’m sure many of you have. My path is a kind of paradox in that I get to share my craft with the world, but also be willing to throw myself to the wolves. To dare to be different, but still wanting to be accepted. There is vast beauty to be found in life’s contradictions. This non-binary reality allows us to lead happy, expressive lives, and yet this very freedom comes with great risks. I’m not alone in this limbo.
This is the first time I’ve produced my own music video. With the help of my friend and long – time collaborator Lee Cherry, we set out to co-direct something notably honest. I spoke with Laleh(the brilliant songwriter who is featured on the song) and we agreed on the vulnerability we wanted captured on screen.
I think the more we as artists share ourselves openly, the more someone out there may feel inspired to do the same. I also felt a strong feeling of empowerment in creating this video independent of the label system. It was time to shoot this one on my own.
This video isn’t about selling a song, or product placement, or racking up viral views. This is intended simply as a creative expression. What resulted on set came from a very free and organic headspace that allowed me to connect with the camera as if it were each person who’s supported me over the last 7 years.
This video is a thank you to all of you who have lined up to see the Original High World Tour. To everyone who has listened and shared my songs and given me the purpose to keep moving forward. It’s a thank you to all of you who choose to accept and Love who YOU are! We hold each other up! I want you to keep celebrating exactly who you are, even if you don’t fit into the worlds ideas of what they think you should be.
“Through my art, I pledge to bring empathy and courage to anyone who has been made to feel unworthy or ashamed while daring to be themselves. “
Directed by Lee Cherry and Adam Lambert with Post Production and VFX by Studio Private. Listen and download Adam’s new single “Welcome to the Show” feat. Laleh at http://smarturl.it/adam.wtts.
Download Adam Lambert’s most recent album “The Original High” featuring “Another Lonely Night” and “Ghost Town” now at http://adamofficial.com.
Kate wore a blue Jenny Packham dress and blue hat by Lock and Co. along with the Queen’s maple leaf brooch, according to Kensington Palace.
Premier Clark was ready to greet them when she arrived just before 3 p.m. and weighed in on selfie etiquette and fashion in a personal interview with Global News.
Crowds of people surrounded the blue gates on the lawn of the legislature, holding British Columbian and Canadian flags. The first fans arrived at 4:30 a.m.–almost 12 hours ahead of the royals’ scheduled landing.
The royal couple travelled to Victoria with the Royal Canadian Air Force. Their next stop wasGovernment House– where they will be based throughout the tour – for a very brief stop to drop off their children.
“We are so pleased that George and Charlotte can be with us…beginning their own lifetime of friendship with this wonderful country.”
Just after 5 p.m. they visited theB.C. legislaturewhere they officially opened the tour by paying their respects at Victoria’s Cenotaph and unveiled a plaque paying tribute to the veterans of Canada’s involvement in the Afghanistan conflict.
This official welcome was open to the public and featured an honour guard and speeches.
“Catherine and I are delighted to be back in Canada,” Prince William said in his address to the crowd.
He said they have asked to meet “as many people from as many walks of life” as they can while on their tour.
Following the event, Their Royal Highnesses returned to Government House, where they were set to meet with senior Canadian leaders.
For a look ahead at Day 2 of the Royal Visitclick here.
It’s World Peace Day 2015 / International Peace Day 2015 September 21st. Please take a moment at 12pm September 21st in your part of the world to practice a conscious act to spread peace.
The ripple effect of peace and love will create a shift, we believe, not only for the globe, but in our own lives. Watch our video and take Shari’s suggestion to light a candle and meditate or do what you can or feel at that time of day. Even if it’s past 12pm, and you just receive the message, take a moment and send out a loving thought for…
When disaster strikes, the world turns to one organisation for hope, help, leadership, and coordination: the United Nations. When there is peace to keep between warring factions, the world asks the UN to mobilise peacekeepers, oversee elections, and create stability. In the face of challenges such as climate change, disease or poverty, the United Nations provides the platform for international cooperation.
TheUnited Nationsis the one international organisation with the reach and vision capable of solving global problems.
The United Nations Foundationlinks the UN’s work with others around the world, mobilising the energy and expertise of business and non-governmental organisations to help the UN tackle issues including climate change, global health, peace and security, women’s empowerment, poverty eradication, energy access, and U.S.-UN relations.
The United Nations Foundation is honoured to work with you and the United Nations to foster a more peaceful, prosperous and just world.
It takes all nations and all sectors to make progress on the most important and far-reaching international challenges. We are an advocate for the United Nations and a platform for connecting people, ideas and resources to help the UN solve global problems. We build partnerships, grow constituencies, mobilise resources and advocate policy changes to support the UN’s work for individual and global progress.
The United Nations Foundation is honoured to work with you and the United Nations to foster a more peaceful, prosperous and just world.
The United Nations was established to foster global peace, prosperity and justice. It has succeeded in its fundamental mission of preventing a third world war and improving global quality of life. But over the last 60 years, the UN’s mission and membership have been broadened dramatically.
The UN is now asked to tackle the world’s most intractable problems—global scale challenges that transcend borders but directly or indirectly affect us all: health, the environment, human rights and justice, peace and security, population, hunger andpeacekeeping. The UN has a proud record of accomplishment in helping address key global challenges.
In today’s interconnected world, governments working through the United Nations can’t do it alone. A worldwide partnershipbetween the public and private sectors is needed involving individuals, non-governmental organisations, corporations and foundations.
We work with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and theUN Office of Partnerships to connect people, ideas and resources with the UN to solve the great global challenges of the 21st century.
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Premier Wynne Meets with First Cohort to Benefit from New OSAP
Premier Kathleen Wynne met with Grade 12 students at Central Technical School in Toronto today to talk about reforms to the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP). Students in Grade 12 will be among the first to benefit from Ontario’s single largest modernisation of student financial assistance when the Ontario Student Grant launches as part of the reformed OSAP in September 2017.
Today, more Ontario students are graduating from post-secondary programs than ever before. But some youth hesitate to aspire to a college or universityeducation because they worry about the costs or graduating with debt from student loans. The Ontario Student Grant will help OSAP empower more students to seek an advanced education based on their abilities and potential, not their family’sincome. The new OSAP will:
Allow eligible students whose parents earn less than $50,000 to graduate without having to pay back provincial student loans
Provide the Ontario Student Grant to make the average cost of college and university tuition free for thousands of low- and middle-income students
Ensure that no eligible student receives less aid than they are eligible for now under the30% Off Ontario Tuition Grant, which the new OSAP will replace.
Ontario’s highly educated workforce is one of its greatest economic strengths — 67 per cent of adults in the province now have a degree or diploma, higher than any country in the OECD and up from 56 per cent in 2002. By addressing the affordability barrier that can deter students from low- and middle-income families, these OSAP reforms will help meet or exceed the target of 70 per centpost-secondary attainment.
Investing in access to post-secondary education is part of the government’s economic plan to build Ontario up and deliver on its number-one priority to grow the economy and create jobs. The four-part plan includes helping more people get and create the jobs of the future by expanding access to high-quality college and university education. The plan is making the largest infrastructure investment in hospitals, schools, roads, bridges and transit in Ontario’s history and is investing in a low-carbon economy driven by innovative, high-growth, export-oriented businesses. The plan is also helping working Ontarians achieve a more secure retirement.
About 150,000 students are expected to benefit from the reformed OSAP when implemented in 2017.
The Ontario government will work closely with colleges and universities to ensure that families see clearly up-front the difference between the sticker price for tuition and what the student would need to pay.
The new OSAP will allow mature students to qualify for more grants so they can go back to school to upgrade their skills.
Since 2002–03, Ontario has increased investment in publicly funded colleges and universities by $2.2 billion — an 82 per cent increase.
“We are levelling the playing field so all students can go on to college or university no matter how much money their parents make. Changes to OSAP will build a more fair society by expanding access to education to help all Ontarians flourish — and strengthen our economy by further equipping our highly skilled and educated workforce.”
“We believe that access to post-secondary education should be based on the ability to learn and not on the ability to pay. That’s why we’re moving forward with one of the most ambitious reforms of student financial assistance in North America.”
Deb Matthews~ Deputy Premier, Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development, and Minister Responsible for Digital Government
The Tyler Clementi Foundation is an organization created by the Clementi family which seeks to prevent bullying through inclusion, assertion of dignity and acceptance as a way to honor the memory of Tyler Clementi: a son, a brother and a friend.
In 2010, Tyler’s deathbecame a global news story, highlighting the impact and consequences of bullying while sparking dialogue amongst parents, teachers, and students across the country. The story also linked to broader issues impacting youth and families such as LGBT inequality, safety in schools, youth in crisis, higher education support systems, andcyberbullying.
Not only does the foundation continue to carry the important message about the suicide risk facing many LGBT youth, which can be three to seven times more at risk for suicide than other youth, but The Tyler Clementi Foundation recognises that our message ofstanding up to bullyingspeaks universally across all cultures and identities.
Since 2011, The Tyler Clementi Foundation was born out of the urgent need to address these bullying challenges facing vulnerable populations, especially LGBT and other victims of hostile social environments. Through programs such as#Day1, which provides free downloadable toolkits customised for different communities, the foundation encourages leadership in creating safe spaces where individuals are able to stand up to bullying and embrace diversity.
Meet Tyler. His story inspires thousands.
December 19, 1991 – September 22, 2010
Smart, talented and creative: Tyler Clementi was deeply loved by family and friends for his kind heart and bright spirit. At the young age of 18, he became a victim of a horrible act of cyber-harassment and humiliation. His story puts a human face on the consequences of cruelty, which has been faced by millions of others suffering in silence in their schools, colleges, teams, workplaces, or faith communities. Tyler’s story has inspired tens of thousands of youth and adults to be Upstanders in the face of bullying, harassment and humiliation across the globe.
He grew up with a passion for music. Tyler began playing the violin in the third grade and became an accomplished violinist. He performed in numerous orchestras and was awarded with several accolades for his musical contributions.
Tyler was also an enthusiastic bicyclist and unicyclist.
By combining his knowledge with creativity and talent, he taught himself to play the violin while unicycling! He understood that we all must learn to embrace unique qualities in others and in ourselves.
Another quality Tyler learned to embrace was his young, gay self.
The summer after his high school graduation, Tyler had just begun the important journey of coming out to close family and friends. Tyler was brave and honest about who he was, but this was still a difficult, vulnerable time for him.
In August of 2010, Tyler began studying at Rutgers University where he was excited to learn, grow and have the freedom to live openly as a gay man.
He began playing violin at the institution’s high level orchestra. Only a few weeks into his first semester, Tyler’s musical gifts earned him a seat in an orchestra comprised primarily of upperclassmen and graduate students. Tyler was one of only two incoming freshman who made the graduate school orchestra.
Targeted for humiliation
Within weeks, Tyler became the victim of a horrible act ofcyber-harassment, a type of bullying or cruelty that takes place using the internet.
At college, Tyler was immersed in his studies and violin practice. One night, Tyler asked his dorm mate, Dharun Ravi, for some privacy because he had a date. Ravi agreed but what Tyler didn’t know was that Ravi was planning a horrible act of humiliation; he secretly pointed his computer’s webcam at Tyler’s bed, and then left.
During one spying session, Tyler’s roommate captured him in an intimate act and invitedothers to view it online. Many other students at the university contributed to this invasion of privacy by not standing up to report or stop what was happening to Tyler.
Tyler discovered what his abuser had done. When he viewed his roommate’s Twitter feed, he learned he had widely become a topic of ridicule in this new social environment. He also found out that his roommate was planning a second attempt to broadcast from the webcam.
Several days later, Tyler Clementi ended his life by jumping off the George Washington Bridge. He was eighteen years old.
#Day1 Works by….
A person in authority leading the pledge
Clearly stating behavior expectations and responsibilities
Addressing the issue early (on Day 1!)
Getting verbal confirmation back
Download your free two-page handout specifically designed for your community byclicking here
#Day1 has worked with many organizations and celebrities sharing our strategy to end bullying!Learn why it works,how it will help your school and how you can get in touch with us to share yourDay 1 Stories.
If you consider a memory painful, remember, this will be the memory that will open a new door for you. ~ Sourav Adhikari
Born This Way Foundation is committed to supporting the wellness of young people and empowering them to create a kinder and braver world. We achieve this by shining a light on real people, quality research, and authentic partnerships.
Born This Way Foundationwas launched in 2012 by Lady Gaga and her mother, Cynthia Germanotta. The foundation has dedicated the past two years to researching, learning and developing programs to support our original mission; connecting young people in safe ways and empowering them with the skills and opportunities that will inspire them to create a kinder and braver world. Our work over the past two years has been based on the three pillars of safety, skills and opportunity and we are proud of the impact that we’ve had, including: 2,500 global resource submissions to our Bravest Map Ever, more than 300,000 online subscribers, partnerships with over 50 non-profit organisations across the country, cutting edge research on kindness and bravery throughthe Born Brave Experiences study, directly interacting with over 100,000 young people, and over 325 million media impressions for our Born Brave Bus Tour.
PROGRAM DELIVERY MODEL
In reflecting on the work that the foundation has accomplished and our vision for the work moving forward, we realise that it is primarily shaped by our commitment to three key areas; shining a light on the real stories of young people that embody kindness and bravery in their communities, building our portfolio of meaningful research related to increasing wellness for young people and lastly, building authentic partnerships with organisations across sectors that share our commitment to empowering young people.
We believe empowering people to be kind is the key to building a more accepting and loving world. We understand that the challenges and opportunities we face are important and require collaboration from a diverse group of partners. We focus on supporting local and national organisations in their work to increase youth wellness and encourage young people to build a kinder and braver world.
In cities across the country, mayors are bringing together community leaders, activists, and young people to create positive change to establish cities of kindness. In June 2016, Born This Way Foundation co-founder Lady Gaga joined philanthropist Phil Anschutz and His Holiness the Dalai Lama to challenge America’s cities to be kind.
It takes bravery to love. It takes bravery to open yourself up and accept the people around you for exactly who they are. Fall of 2016, Born This Way Foundation partnered with the Elton John AIDS Foundation to launch a Love Bravery fashion line with Macy’s to encourage men and women everywhere to live with compassion.
We’ve teamed up with Monster High to show that being a monster isn’t always a bad thing. In fact, being a monster can be awesome! You can join the #KindMonsters movement and take the pledge to spread kindness and compassion every day.
As part of our goal to build a kinder, braver world, we want to ensure that our online communities are kind as well. We invite you to join us #HackHarassment and work to make the Internet a safer, more inclusive space!
Online harassment has become a pervasive and often vicious problem with real-life repercussions. It has significant negative consequences for the wellbeing and safety of individuals and for the success of digital communities. Everyone – regardless of their identity, background, or beliefs – is entitled to an online world where they are treated with respect and are free from harassment.
In order to build a safer, smarter, and more inclusive experience online, I will recognize when harassment is occurring, responsibly speak up against it, and support those experiencing it by
Abiding by and upholding the same standards and values online that are expected offline and accepting that my online behaviour has real-life consequence
Valuing and supporting diverse perspectives, backgrounds, and opinion
Actively participating in the movement to decrease the prevalence and intensity of online harassment.
“Be a full-time student of life, and learn every day, then there would be no surprises.” ~ Sourav Adhikari
Williams InstituteScholars Provide Model Legislation to Eliminate Use of Gay and Trans Panic Defences
“Gay panic” and “transgender panic” defences have been asserted by defendants in criminal trials throughout the U.S. since the 1960s. In these cases, defendants have argued that their violent behaviour was a rational response to discovering that the victim was LGBT.
The defences are rooted in irrational fears based on homophobia and transphobia, and send the message that violence against LGBT people is understandable and acceptable. When successful, these defences have resulted in murder charges being reduced to manslaughter or another lesser offence. To date, only one state, California, has banned defendants from asserting gay or transgender panic defence by statute. In this brief, Williams Institutescholars present model language, based on the language adopted in California, that other states may use to eliminate use of the defences through legislation.
The model legislation offers language to prohibit defendants from using gay and trans panic defences under each of the major defences theories of provocation, insanity/diminished capacity, and self-defence. In addition, the brief provides an overview of the ways in which the defences have been asserted in trials throughout the last several decades, and evaluates potential constitutional challenges to state legislation eliminating use of the defences.
Join fellow donors and supporters of the Williams Institute for cocktails and hear from the Institute’s Faculty Chair, Doug NeJaime, about recent and upcoming research and its impact on LGBT law and policy.
A Conversation on Religious Liberties
Date: Weds Oct 5th ~ Time: 6PM – 8PM Address: Will be provided once RSVP is submitted
To RSVP to the event, please fill out this form by September 30, 2016. ~ We look forward to seeing you!
“If you want Peace, you don’t talk to your friends, you talk to your enemies” ~ Desmond Tutu
The mission of the Desmond Tutu Peace Foundationis to use Desmond Tutu’s life and teachings to inspire young people to build a world of peace within themselves, peace between people, and peace among nations.
TheDesmond Tutu Peace Foundationenvisions a world in which everyone values human dignity and our interconnectedness. Real peace will prevail when there is a culture of peace in the USA and around the world. That culture originates in the hearts and minds of our youth, the future leaders and peace-makers of the world. Our programs are based on the teachings of Desmond Tutu who has dedicated his life to reshaping conversations about peace, equality, and forgiveness.
The philosophy of Ubuntu guides us with its meaning of We are all connected. What affects one of us affects us all.
Archbishop Desmond Tutu is a South African Anglican cleric who became one of the central leaders of the global peace movement. An outspoken defender of human rights and campaigner for the oppressed, Desmond Tutu’s eloquent advocacy and brave leadership lead to the end of South African apartheid in 1993 and the installation of Nelson Mandela as the nation’s first black President. The Archbishop has dedicated his life to reshaping conversations about peace, equality and forgiveness. In 1984, Tutu earned the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts as a global peace maker and now devotes his time with theDesmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation and theDesmond Tutu Peace Foundationto teaching youth the powerful role and voice they play in creating a more compassionate and peaceful world.
Since the demise of apartheid, Desmond Tutu has been active in the defence of human rights and uses his high profile to campaign for the oppressed. He has campaigned to fight HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, poverty,racism, sexism, the imprisonment of Chelsea Manning, homophobia and transphobia.
He received the Nobel Peace Prizein 1984; the Albert Schweitzer Prize for Humanitarianism in 1986; the Pacem in Terris Award in 1987;the Sydney Peace Prize in 1999; the Gandhi PeacePrize in 2007; and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2009.
He has also authored several books including theBook of Forgivingwhich he co-wrote with his daughter, the Reverend Mpho Tutu, and the forthcomingBook of Joywhich he is co-authoring with his friend the Dalai Lama.
They are our family – LGBT Community
Other Video’s from the Desmond Tutu Peace Foundation
There are so many ways to get involved in our Peace3 Conversations. Whether in person or online, Peace3 has been set up to include your voice!
Host a Peace3 event:If you would like to sponsor a Peace3 Conversation at your school, let us know! To find our more about hosting a Conversation on Peace, email@example.com.
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Don’t see an event near you? Follow us on social media for up to date details on upcoming events and how to participate in the live discussions online.
Peace3 Digital Conversations:Watch our video conversations with luminaries from all over the world, discussing peace, how they achieve inner peace and how they contribute to peace in the world.
Create your own Peace3 video: Share with us how you define “peace within” with your acts of the wonderful. Show us how your conversations, your activities, your friends, and your hobbies are creating your peace within and, in turn, creating peaceful relationships and communities. Illustrate practices in empathy, respect for others, forgiveness, conflict prevention, conflict resolution as tools for counteracting pressing social problems. Think of this a new opportunity to make brand new personal connections with a global community working on creating a better world.
“If that’s what masculinity is then I don’t want any part of it at all. I think gay men are more masculine than straight men. Because, guess what? They love other men!” ~ Ian McKellen
Sir Ian McKellen says some of his most famous roles have been inspired by wanting to get revenge on people who “start wars, perpetuate them and glory in them”.
The actor, who is about to appear in the West End with Sir Patrick Stewart in Harold Pinter’s No Man’s Land, said he had “probably played even more military men” than his co-star.
He told ES Magazine: “Gandalf is a soldier, Magneto is a soldier, Richard III, Coriolanus, Macbeth. And I think the reason is because I want my revenge on them all.
“The people who start wars, perpetuate them and glory in them. ‘God save our gracious Queen, sendher victorious?’ I’m sorry. What does that mean?
Sir Patrick became a supporter of the charity Combat Stress after appearing on family history show Who Do You Think You Are? and discovering that his Second World War veteran father — who he describes as an “angry, disappointed and at times violent man” — suffered from post- traumatic stress disorder.
He said the discovery helped make sense of a “chaotic” childhood, adding: “It released me from so much anger.”
The two men play a pair of writers whose late-night drinking session takes a sinister turn in No Man’s Land, which opens at Wyndham’s Theatre next month after a UK tour and a run in New York, and follows their success sharing a stage in Waiting For Godot.
The actors, who both grew up in the North, said they disagreed with the Brexit vote.
Sir Ian added: “Everything that’s good about being British is related to Europe.” Sir Patrick is considering applying for US citizenship in order to have his say on its politics.
He said: “There are fundamental things still to be done for the equality of race in the United States. It is still essentially a racist country.”
The Human Rights Campaign and the Human Rights Campaign Foundation together serve as America’s largest civil rightsorganisation working to achieve LGBTQ equality. By inspiring and engaging individuals and communities, HRC strives to end discrimination against LGBTQ people and realise a world that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all.
The Human Rights Campaign envisions a world where lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people are ensured equality and embraced as full members of society at home, at work and in every community.
Human Rights Campaign Story
The Human Rights Campaign represents a force of more than 1.5 million members and supporters nationwide. As the largest national lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer civil rights organisation, HRC envisions a world where LGBTQ people are ensured of their basic equal rights, and can be open, honest and safe at home, at work and in the community.
The Human Rights Campaign Fund was founded by Steve Endean in 1980 as one of the first gay and lesbian political action committee in the United States. The Fund’s mission was to provide financial support on behalf of the gay and lesbian community to political candidates who supported gay civil rights legislation. Vic Basile served as the Fund’s first executive director.
The Fund quickly rose to prominence – after its first election cycle in 1982, the Fund was the 17th largest independent political action committee in the United States.
In 1995, under Executive Director Elizabeth Birch, the organisation dropped “Fund” from its name and expanded its reach far beyond political lobbying work. Programs such as the Workplace Project and the Family Project became part of the newly created educational arm, the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. All of HRC’s research, communications, marketing and public relations functions were greatly expanded. It was a key transformation that paved the way for the powerful organisation that it is today.
The Human Rights Campaign Foundation improves the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) people by working to increase understanding and encourage the adoption of LGBTQ-inclusive policiesand practices.We build support for LGBTQ people among families and friends, co-workers and employers, pastors and parishioners, doctors and teachers, neighbours, and the general public. Through the following programs and projects, we are enhancing the lived experiences of LGBTQ people and their families, as we change hearts and minds across America and around the globe.The HRC Foundation is a nonprofit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organisation. Click here for a comprehensive look at the work of the HRC Foundation, where you can download a .pdfof the HRC Foundation Overview of flip through the digital version. Highlights of our programs and projects follow.
Becoming a parent, sending your 5-year-old to kindergarten, watching your teenager graduate from high school – these are life’s biggest moments. For LGBTQ parents and LGBTQ children, they can also be some of life’s most challenging moments. That’s where HRC’s Children, Youth and Families Program comes in.
Through innovative training and direct consultation with schools, child welfare agencies and other service providers,HRC’s Children, Youth and Families Program creates welcoming, affirming and supportive environments for LGBTQ prospective parents, LGBTQ-ledfamilies, and LGBTQ youth.
HRC’s Welcoming Schools Project,which offers professional development and curriculum for schools to create learning environments that embrace family diversity, avoid gender stereotyping and end bullying; and
HRC’s Youth Well-Being Project, which is anchored by the annualTime To Thrive conference, and promotes safety, inclusion and well-being for LGBTQ youth.
Going into the hospital is stressful enough without worrying about getting inferior care just because of who you are. The Health & Aging Program works to ensure that LGBTQ people receive optimal treatment in hospitals, clinics and elder care —times of vulnerability when respect and sensitivity are crucial. The program evaluates healthcare and elder facilities from an LGBTQ standpoint, trains current and future care providers, and is a powerful national advocate for LGBTQ health and aging needs.
Projects under the program include:
TheHealthcare Equality Index (HEI), which reports on LGBTQ equity and inclusion in healthcare facilities across the country and trains their staff to provide welcoming, knowledgeable care to LGBTQ patients.
Educational outreach, which brings the heath and aging concerns of LGBTQ people to a wide range of audiences nationwide, including health professional schools, elder services providers, policymakers and researchers…continue reading »»»»»»
Conveniently located at the corner of 17th Street and Rhode Island Avenue NW in the heart of Washington, DC’s central business district, the Equality Center is steps away from several major city avenues and three Metro lines, as well as various restaurants, shopping, and hotels.
The Equality Centeris comprised of the Equality Forum and the Conference Center. Both of these adaptable event spaces can be transformed to fully serve your individual needs.
Whether you’re looking for a corporate event space or a party venue, DC has few better options than HRC’s Equality Forum. The modern, airy design makes it a unique venue for lectures, training’s, receptions, dinners, commitment ceremonies, weddings, and other events which require a large, creative space.
Equally versatile, the Conference Center is appropriate for both formal gatherings and party space rental. Adjacent to the Equality Forum, it serves as a perfect weekday, evening or weekend event space in DC. It is made up of three separate but adjoining rooms which may be opened to create one large room. All three rooms connect to an open hallway, complete with a long buffet suitable for catering or visual displays.
The event planning expertise of the Equality Center’s seasoned staff will ensure the smooth execution of your event. A number of amenities are available, including equipment and audiovisual technology. The staff will gladly set up any conferencing equipment requirements, and a responsive IT support team will always be there to meet your needs.