Homeless Man Receives Job And Apartment For Turning In Designer Wallet He Found


Nitty’s girlfriend, Tarika, told Thai media Woralop is such a good example that being kind really does pay off. When you’re kind to another, another is kind to you.

wallet1Even though this man was homeless and hungry, he turned in a designer wallet he found. In exchange, the owner gifted him a clapper2job and an apartment.

One’s true character is revealed when they are down on their luck and in a hard place. Fortunately, even when this 44-year-old formerly homeless man had only 9 baht (the equivalent of 25 cents USD) in his pockets, he felt compelled to do the right thing.

Metro relays that Waralop was wandering the city of Bangkok, Thailand, when he came across a designer Hermes wallet that had 20,000 baht ($579) and a number of credit man-main2cards in it.He could have used the money to purchase some food and comfort for the evening, but instead he walked to the local police station and turned it in. Reportedly, the owner of the wallet, 30-year-old Niity Pongkriangyos, hadn’t even noticed that it was missing.

When he learned that Waralop turned in his wallet, he quickly found the man and offered him a job in his Bangkok-based factory. In addition, Waralop was given an apartment to live in.

His new employer considered offering him a 2,000 baht reward, but instead decided that a new job that included packaged living accommodations would be better.

“I was totally surprised when the police told me they had my wallet as I didn’t even know I’d lost it. My first reaction was ‘wow’, if it was me in that position with no money I probably would have kept it. But he was homeless and had just a few coins in his pocket and still handed it in. That shows a good, honest person. Just the kind of staff we need.” 


Nitty’s girlfriend, Tarika, told Thai media Woralop is such a good example that being kind really homelessdoes pay off. When you’re kind to another, another is kind to you.

The kind man has been granted a fresh start for his honesty. And, he couldn’t be happier. He says: “I’m so grateful to be given this chance to turn my life around. Having a clean bed to sleep in makes me so happy now. I want to thank Nitty and Tarika for the kindness they have both shown to me.”


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Cyberbullying: Our Children, Our Problem


“Don’t you ever let a soul in the world tell you that you can’t be exactly who you are.” – Lady Gaga 

the big bang4LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) — Now with school starting back up, there is an option for schools and PTAs to help combat bullying.

The Bedford County Sheriff’s Office is making available a training DVD on the dangers of bullying, especially online.

There are 1,000 copies available to teachers, school administrators, school resource officers, PTA 3_3_1091or PTO groups . All they have to do is request one.

They can Email jvickers@bedfordsheriff.org to request a DVD or click here for more information.

Cyberbullying: Our Children, Our Problem can be completed in 30-45 minutes. This powerful interactive learning experience challenges parents and educators to connect with the teens in their lives. By building resilience and interpersonal skills, adults can help foster bully-free online environments both at school and at home.


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The LOVE Foundation


Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it. Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it. Hatred darkens life; love illuminates it. ~  Martin Luther King, Jr. 

who we arewelcome

harldIt may be easy to look around our world today and see the appearance of chaos, difficulty and strife. Yet, when we come from an open heart, we can also see our opportunity to love all 40bf5e4b21b3a2f75edc33f163d2b649things into balance, joy, harmony and peace. This planet does not need more visions of desperation, separation, fear, doubt, and hate – it requires an abundance of love, especially unconditional love, to heal and restore the beauty contained in every moment. This becomes the easier path once we take the first step and begin to share our love.

When we bring unconditional love back into our personal, professional, community and family lives, we begin the journey of restoring wholeness and happiness to our planetary adventure. Of course it takes determined effort on our part as the old, outmoded and limited ways of being are quick to return in our mind. However, this effort to love is rewarded with a new perspective on everything and all life benefits as a result.

81969144Here at The Love Foundation, whether through Global Love Day each May 1st, our annual Art, Essay and Poetry Invitational, Love Ambassador designations, or our newer programs, Love Begins With Me film project and All Nations Love/America Loves, each of these opportunities are simply ways to keep the understanding of love fresh in our collective hearts and minds.

We started this nonprofit organization in 2000 as a way to inspire and remind people of the simple, practical power of loving unconditionally. In just these few years, we have witnessed a growing worldwide momentum embracing this opportunity to bring the awareness of unconditional love back into our daily lives. We look forward to expanding this dialogue and encourage you to walk this journey of unconditional love in your part of the world.

On behalf of our global family of volunteers – welcome!

Love, light and peace,
Harold W. Becker
Founder, The Love Foundation

Visit our Vision and Mission page to find out more about who we are and how we “inspire people to love unconditionally”




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We honour each May 1st as a symbolic day of unconditional love and call upon all people and all nations to gather together in the wisdom of peace and love.

Global Love Day is the universal recognition of our innate oneness through love. It is our vision to unite one and all in a celebration of love and compassion. Join people around the world in celebrating and expanding LOVE.

We are one humanity on this planet.
All life is interconnected and interdependent.
All share in the Universal bond of love.
Love begins with self acceptance and forgiveness.
With respect and compassion we embrace diversity.
Together we make a difference through love.

When we come from this limitless love we naturally and easily embrace ourselves and our fellow humanity. Opening our heart, we allow unconditional love to be our guide and compassion to be our gift to life.

th_vn-emo-0022We invite you to celebrate with us by consciously focusing on love and what it means to you throughout this day. We hope that by practicing love in all areas of your life, you will find it easy to love unconditionally all year long. Our main theme explains it best…”Love Begins With Me

Be a part of it. Spread the word. Share your love.


we celebrate

As we continue to connect with people and organizations around the world, we are amazed at how much is being done in efforts to positively assist humanity. There are so many wonderful people and associations that are actively working on behalf of a community, nation and even in global proportions.

smilie-love2As we often remind ourselves, what is presented by mainstream information sources is frequently a narrow and negative perspective of what is happening upon this planet right now. To the contrary, we see and know that good and right is occurring everywhere. Look for love and you will see it all around you.

This simple reminder changes the very nature of our experience. We are what we place our attention upon. When we allow love to be our focus of life, we expand this in our everyday activities. It is as simple as changing each perspective and allowing the negative and limiting views to be released and replaced by a higher, more loving understanding.

We appreciate and are grateful for the courage each of you express. In a world that has historically revered the negative and fear-based aspects, it takes strength to be and share love. It is time for love to become our common vision.

Please join us. Be a part of this global day by choosing love, compassion, peace, and unity. Share this information with your friends, relatives and coworkers. Love locally and spread it globally, continue reading more about Global Love Day»»»»»»


TLF TV presents the Love Begins With Me film project interview series with Philip Snow interviewing Christopher Gilmore. In these videos, Philip and his guests explore the windy4nature of love and how it has been a natural part of their lives along with how unconditional love is a transformative element for positive change both individually and collectively.

Christopher Gilmore has long been at the forefront of the holistic and complementary education movements. Utilizing his skills gained as an actor, teacher and playwright and author of books and musicals, he helps students explore the multiple layers they have within themselves to nourish and uplift their spirits. He resides in the UK and can be contacted at Christopher Gilmore.com.

Philip Snow is a board member for The Love Foundation and is the producer of the Love Begins With Me film project. He hosts these inspired interviews with special guests from around the world. For more information, please visit love Begins With Me.org


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Rosie’s TheaterKids Gala Celebration

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“Don’t lose faith. Promise yourself that you will be a success story, and I promise you that all the forces of the universe will unite to come to your aid; you might not feel today or for a while, but the longer you wait the bigger the prize.” ~ George Bernard Shaw

22Your invited to Rosie’s TheaterKids Gala Celebration benefiting Rosie’s Theater Kids hosted by Rosie O’Donnell with performances by Rosie’s Theater Kids Wednesday, September 28, 2016, 6:30 P.M. Cocktails, 7:30 P.M. dinner, Auction & Performances.

New York Marriott Marquis Broadway @45th Street, New York City

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The BULLY Project!


“If they don’t like you for being yourself, be yourself even more.” ~ Taylor Swift



classThank you to our partners Change.org, Not in Our School and Facing History and Ourselves, as well as all of the other advocates who supported the campaign to add the word “upstander” to the dictionary. On July 24, 2016 the word was officially added to the Oxford Dictionary!


b-man-project2What would it look like if we had a community of Upstanders heading back to school this fall? Upstanders are the students who choose to speak up, the teachers who reach out, the principals who take new actions in their schools, and the parents who join together to raise awareness about bullying. Through The BULLY Project’s tools and resources that support social emotional learning, as well as creative programs like the Adobe Mural project, we hope to foster more Upstanders in our schools everyday. As we embark on a new school year, let us each take the opportunity to be an Upstander in our own lives and promote Upstanders in our schools and communities.


physicians campaignThe BULLY Project is excited to announce a new campaign that will change how physicians treat doctor-emoticonchildren exposed to bullying! On Friday, August 12th, 2016, The Physicians Campaign was introduced at the Federal Summit for Bullyng Prevention in Washington, DC.
Partnered with Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Adminisration (SAMHSA), Federal Partners in Bullying Prevention, StopBullying.gov, The NoBLE (No Bullying Live Empowered) Initiative of Beaumont nurse-smileyChildren’s Hospital, The Physicians Campaign will support medical practitioners throughout the nation through comprehensive tools and resources and an innovative medical educational program that features the film BULLY. Whether a child is a bully, victim, or witness, exposure to bullying can have intensive and sometimes lifelong health consequences, according to national studies. That’s why we are calling on all stakeholders, including you, to join our movement to end bullying! For further information contact info@physicianscampaign.com.


HeadphonesFor those times when we have felt like we just didn’t belong, the new band High Dive Heart has released the song “Misfit” as an anthem that celebrates 10being different. Touring with Colbie Caillat this fall, High Dive Heart has created an new music video that supports The BULLY Project. For every single of “Misfit” purchased, High Dive Heart will donate the proceeds to The BULLY Project. Our new friends at Apple Music have become fans and currently the High Dive Heart single is in the hot tracks section of the iTunes store. Please check out the song below and support our ongoing work!


Click on a shirt to purchase – all proceeds are donated directly to our anti-bullying campaigns.  t-shirts.jpg


toolkitFrom Sacramento to Milwaukee, schools around the US are gearing up to use the Educator’s DVD and Toolkit in their classrooms this fall! Join the growing number of schools who are using the Educator’s Toolkit to take a stand against bullying in schools. The toolkit comes with resources to help ignite meaningful dialogue and prevent bullying by developing a respectful school community.
Check out how Michelle Lerner, Head of School at Welsh Hills in Granville Ohio is working hard to promote a safe school environment! Last year, students grades 5 – 9 attended a screening of BULLY as part of a wellness unit.
animated-smileys-television-014“All of our students were absolutely silent during the movie and for a few moments afterwards as well. They tried to put themselves in the shoes of some of the children profiled in the movie in order to understand how they might feel,” Lerner said. Welsh Hills recognises that promoting a culture of anti-bullying is a gradual process.
“Our challenges will be in helping students to internalise new attitudes and to recognise negative behaviours in themselves,” she said. This year, Welsh Hills will host a parent education night to screen BULLY and discuss how to recognise bullying, how the school addresses bullying, and how families can support their children at home!


donateGet creative with your classroom by contributing to the Adobe BULLY Project mural, a digital destination where people can share art, stories, and perspectives about bullying and its impact. Engage sport-handball-smiley-animiert_03_250x250your students in a dynamic and creative medium that allows them to express themselves honestly and create a meaningful dialogue with their peers about bullying. Participating in project-based learning like the BULLY Project Mural brings together social and emotional learning strategies that are aligned with the high-quality academic standards of the Common Core. To learn more about how to bring this activity to your classroom, click here.


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The Sheckler Foundation


When we recognise our interconnectedness and the fundamental dignity and equality of every human being, we help to build a world that is more accepting, secure and free. ~ President Obama


sk8er-smiley-emoticonThe Sheckler Foundation was established in 2008 as a way for Ryan, his family, friends and business associates to give back to the community and action sports industry they love. Our mission is to support great causes that directly benefit and enrich the lives of children and injured action sports athletes, inspiring them to “Be the Change”!

Gretchen Sheckler-Hachee ~ “CEO and Director”

gretchen2This mother of three active boys, holds a business degree from California State University, Fullerton, and is the CEO windy2and director of The Sheckler Foundation. Gretchen has successfully managed the thriving career of her son, professional skateboarder and philanthropist Ryan Sheckler. Anyone who knows Gretchen will tell you her most important role is that of being a mother. Gretchen LOVES to cook, garden, go camping and will hang her own Christmas lights on her two story home by herself. With a passion for children’s causes and being in the action sports industry for over a decade, Gretchen gives 100% of her heart and soul to The Sheckler Foundation’s mission.

Twitter: @SheckFoundation

Angelique Zaki

angelique2Take a devoted wife and mother with a funky Bohemian style, mix in a frugal thrift store/Craigslist shopper, sprinkle in a Mother Earth mentality with a DIY attitude and youThe Bay City Rollers

will get a glimpse of Angelique Zaki. She lends comic relief to a situation one minute and provides spiritual advice, the next. It is not uncommon for her to dance through the office, belting out a fabulous rendition of a classic 80′s song. There is no job title broad enough to capture the many gifts and talents of this pint-sized powerhouse. With the motto “Anything is possible,” there is no stopping her either. Angelique truly embodies the Sheckler Foundation’s mission. The foundation is blessed to have her on staff.

Twitter: @SFAngelique

Ryan Sheckler 

ryan2Ryan stepped onto an old board belonging to his father when he was just eighteen months of age. From that point on, he took the board with him everywhere he went. In 1995 he came across his first quarter pipe at a buddy’s house in his native town, San Clemente. The rest as they say “is history.” Since smilie medum2turning pro at the age of 13, Ryan has dominated the contest circuit, bringing home just about every title there is. Amid being a Pro Skater, Hollywood has also taken a liking to Ryan, having been in four motion pictures, including The Tooth Fairy, Starring Dwayne Johnson, Ashley Judd and Julie Andrews. In 2007 MTV brought Ryan’s life to the television screen with his reality show, The Life of Ryan. Ryan has been honoured by his Fans, winning Nickelodeon’s Kids Choice Award for Favourite Male Athlete in 2010 and MTV’s Teen Choice Awards for Male Action Sports Athlete in 2008, 2009 and 2010. In 2009 Ryan, was honoured at the 24th Annual Sports Spectacular for his career achievements and philanthropic work with the Sheckler Foundation.

Facebook: RyanSheckler

Learn more about all the members of The Sheckler Foundation

Eric Stricker Memorial Award

skateboarding-smiley-emoticonRyan Sheckler and the Sheckler Foundation were the recipients of this year’s Eric Stricker Memorial Award; honoured on Friday, January 22, 2016 at the 18th Annual Transworld SKATEboarding Awards. The Eric Stricker Memorial Award, in memory of TWS editor Eric Stricker, sets out to honour groups or individuals in the skateboarding industry that have shown a continued dedication to the positive growth, longevity and love of skateboarding.

Founded in 2008, the Sheckler Foundation is an avenue for Ryan, his family, friends and business associates to empower people to be the change they want to see in their communities.

“Be the Change”

eab50aa16fddde647220b24cc21f00c3In 2012, we launched our “Be the Change” initiative. This web-based program allows our supporters to nominate the areas where they want to see change occur in the lives of children and injured action sports athletes. Then our entire network can vote for the cause they’d not only like to see win, but will support. We love that our supporters now have a voice and a platform that help guide our fundraising and giving.

The Sheckler Foundation will come along side the winner giving them a $10,000 grant and help make their plans a reality!

2sgn108VOTEOur goal through “Be the Change” is to create awareness for all 4 finalists by using our global platform to share their story.  The voting and rallying is NOT for the sake of competition.  We could choose a “winner” other ways.  The voting and rallying is intended to create a ground swell of support for each of our 4 finalists, showing what can happen when we activate our community to get involved with causes that matter.


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The Hawn Foundation



pink-happy-heart-smiley-emoticonToday like never before, our children are challenged with incredible amounts of stress and distractions impacting their ability to learn, achieve success and happiness in school and in life. Our children, especially those at risk, need tools and strategies to help them emotionally regulate, reduce their stress, gain perspective, build empathy and resilience, while experiencing the joy of learning.

Our children represent 25% of the current population but 100% of our future. A happy child is a child who can learn. I hope you will join me in creating a better world for our children.

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About Us

Children today are showing signs of distress. School dropout rates are rising. Distractions abound for children, their teachers, and parents.

MG_121A child’s ability to learn is directly linked to their overall state of well-being and mental health, of primary concern to The Hawn Foundation and Founder, Goldie Hawn who was the visionary behind MindUP™.

Assembling a team of educators, neuroscientists, positive psychologists and experts in mindful awareness training, the academy award winning actress, producer, author, child advocate and philanthropist created the evidence-based MindUP™ as a social and emotional literacy curriculum and training program. For 10 years, it has grown as the signature initiative of The Hawn Foundation and currently serves children and schools across five continents.

Accredited by CASEL, MindUP™ equips children, educators and parents with vital social and emotional literacy skills, helping them increase focus, improve academic performance, reduce stress, gain emotional resilience and optimism. Rooted in neuroscience, the program teaches self-regulatory behavioural control while offering engagement strategies for learning and living.

school-bus-smiley-emoticon.gifThe Hawn Foundation enlists educators, scientists, researchers, clinicians, volunteers, parents and children’s advocates as well as the most dynamic mindful awareness practitioners in the world to join us in our efforts to expand MindUP™ globally for children. You’re invited to join us and make a difference today in the lives of children, impacting their opportunities for lifelong success!

The Giving Way to Happiness

bookWe often focus on how our gifts can help those in need. But the act of giving actually improves our own lives as well. In The Giving Way to Happiness, featuring The Hawn Foundation founder Goldie Hawn and her personal glassesphilanthropy journey, author Jenny Santi overturns conventional thinking about what it takes to be happy by revealing how giving to others – whether in the form of money, expertise, time, or love – has helped people from all walks of life find purpose and joy. Featuring Goldie’s experiences, from starting The Hawn Foundation to writing 10 Mindful Minutes and beyond, the book draws on the wisdom of great thinkers past and present, as well as cutting-edge flower-pink-smiley-emoticon-animationscientific research. Santi makes an eloquent and passionate case that oftentimes the answers to the problems that haunt us, and the key to the happiness that eludes us, lie in helping those around us. Available for purchase on Amazon now!

Help us Help Children Build a Better World


MindUP™ was created through a collaboration of neuroscientists, positive psychologists and educators to create the evidence-based training program for teachers and children called MindUP™.
e861fb7b5d22fc4a6f97d642b05b8b72Based in neuroscience, mindfulness and positive psychology, MindUP™ teaches children greater emotional self-control, resiliency and helps develop better decision-making skills. MindUP™ teaches kids about their brain, their most powerful tool and how to reduce stress.
In 15 lessons, MindUP™ provides training for complex problem solving skills and building greater concentration. The end result – children are able to engage in learning, becoming less reactive and more focused in school.





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Inspiring Ways to Soothe a Wounded Spirit

a wounded spirit2All of us are born equal and we’re all connected. ~ President Obama


There is no secret about the fact that sometimes life is just plain hard. Relationships come and go, people hurt you, jobs are lost, money is tight and things you’ve always counted on are no longer there. If you have a wounded spirit and are going through rough times, there are a few things you can do to help you over the hump without spending an arm and a leg on doctors and dangerous pharmaceuticals.

The key is in recognising the level of inner pain before deciding on a course of action. In the meantime, try these simple methods and see if they don’t bring you much needed relief.


Although it has become almost cliché, there is a great amount of truth in this one simple piece of advice to find your center. Practitioners of Eastern mysticism suggest that you start with a series of yoga-exercise-smiley-emoticondeep breathing exercises and simply relax back into yourself to find that place deep within that no one can touch – that place of solitude. If you find it difficult to empty your conscious mind of all the trials and tribulations that face you, there are a number of wonderful recorded guided imagery meditations that can lead you down through the levels of consciousness to that place of security and beauty that each of us has deep within their very core.



Too many doctors are quick to hand out scripts for antidepressants. Your family doctor may refer you to a psychiatrist who will then prescribe a number of pharmaceuticals meant to keep you stable during this time. Unfortunately, what you are not told is that each of these medications carries side effects, some of them none too pleasant.

If you feel the need for something to help you relax, why not (in states where it’s legal) get a prescription and find medical cannabis dispensaries where you can get weed to smoke, edibles, tinctures and other forms that are far safer than dangerous drugs manufactured by the big pharmaceutical companies that have dollar signs in their eyes.


a.baa-wivf-wiv-wpeoiv-wpvn-wpeiuvbNothing is as exhilarating as a brisk walk in fresh air. As your blood begins to circulate, oxygen is carried to every cell in your body giving you more energy than you ever knew you had. One of the reasons why so many people become tired and drained when undergoing extreme amounts of stress is because they are literally holding their breath! Try getting out and walking around your neighbourhood at first. As you become more comfortable with your daily routine, migrate to a local park where beauty surrounds you.

If you are lucky enough to live near the ocean, walk along the sand. It’s really hard to stay depressed when surrounded by the natural beauty of Mother Earth.

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At this point it should be said that there are times when seeking the counsel of a professional is needed. If you, or a loved one, is depressed to the point of doing harm to yourself or others, intervention is called for. However, when you are just trying to get back that feeling of wellness in body, mind and spirit, there are natural ways to soothe a wounded spirit.

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President Obama’s Summer Picks


“Wherever you go, go with all your heart.” ~ Confucius

President Obama’s 2016 Summer Playlist

e675ce7a59019d38159539eb08934af7Yesterday, President Obama shared his playlist of songs for the summer — two sets of grillsmile1hand-picked tracks including songs from an eclectic mix of hand-selected tracks on two lists that take listeners from day to night. The vacation playlists feature legendary songs from Prince and Aretha Franklin, some more recent tracks from hip hop artists like Common and Chance the Rapper and the musical styles of Manu Chao and Caetano Veloso. And today, the President is sharing his official summer reading list — a mix of fiction and nonfiction, including a science fiction epic and a Pulitzer Prize-winning surf memoir.

So check out what President Obama is listening to this summer. Browse the full playlists below and listen to many of the tracks on our Spotify here: Daytime and Nighttime

Check out the President’s summer picks: Day


  1. LoveHate Thing – Wale
  2. Smooth Sailin’ – Leon Bridges
  3. Elevator Operator – Courtney Barnett
  4. Home – Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros

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Listen on Spotify →

President Obama’s 2016 Summer Playlist: Night


  1. If I Have My Way – Chrisette Michele
  2. Espera – Esperanza Spalding
  3. Tell It Like It Is – Aaron Neville
  4. Alright – Ledisi

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President Obama’s 2016 Summer Reading List



  1. “Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life” by William Finnegan
  2. “The Underground Railroad” by Colson Whitehead
  3. “H Is for Hawk” by Helen Macdonald
  4. “The Girl on the Train” by Paula Hawkins
  5. “Seveneves” by Neal Stephenson

See the President’s 2015 list →

Since we launched in 2015, the White House has also used Spotify to share the First Lady’s girl-power picks for National Day of the Girl and holiday playlists curated by the Obamas and the Bidens.

Don’t miss a beat: Be sure to follow us on Spotify for the latest playlists from the White House. 



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The Mercury Phoenix Trust


“Whatever you do, don’t make me boring”  ~ Freddie Mercury

About Us

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 About The Mercury Phoenix Trust


clappingThe Mercury Phoenix Trust was founded by Brian May, Roger Taylor and their manager Jim Beach in memory of rock band Queen’s factsiconic lead singer FREDDIE MERCURY who died in 1991 from AIDS. In the last 21 years the Trust has given helpaway over 16 million dollars in his name and funded over 700 projects in the global battle initiatives globally. Together, help us to use Freddie’s memory, his charisma and drive to eradicate this disease against HIV/AIDS.

doctor-with-stethoscope-smiley-emoticonWe need your support to maintain our present donor level and to keep funding the desperately needed HIV/AIDS. We give to a wide range of Education and Awareness projects, principally targeting young videopeople in the developing world. The 18 million orphans who have lost one or both parents to AIDS are in desperate need of help as they struggle to survive and build their lives, often becoming ‘head of the family’ for their smaller siblings.

This disease impacts on the whole community, down to the grandparents doctor-smiley-emoticon who find themselves caring for their dead children’s children. They too need aid and information. The way to combat this disease is through knowledge.in aid

moneyAlthough we give to the large NGOs and well known charities, the greater part of our funding goes direct to small grassroots organisations which the bigger charities tend to begging-1_zps0cb66a36overlook, and where we feel the recipients will achieve value for money.

The projects we fund are spread across the globe and in total we have now given to projects in 57 countries – wherever we can help we do.footer

Queen Studio Experience In Support Of The MPT Open Now. 

About Freddie For A Day initiative

zeneszekThe Freddie For A Day initiative is a celebration of the life of the iconic Freddie Mercury, bringing people together to dress as Freddie to raise awareness and much needed funds to support the work of the Mercury Phoenix Trust – fighting AIDS worldwide.

Freddie For A Day was launched in 2010 and is held every 5th September, Freddie’s birthday, although people are encouraged to hold their c7083371a65741383023fa36151b7ca8 own FFAD on any day of the year.

Fans and friends around the world celebrate Freddie For A Day in every way imaginable. Young and old, people have donned aautomagnetribboni moustache and gone out for drinks, gone to class, gone shopping, taken the train, taken the plane, put on a concert or run a mini-marathon dressed as Freddie.

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Some go the whole hog by wearing full costume for the entire day. Some just decide to support the cause by wearing something yellow or putting on a moustache. The main thing is to have fun, raise awareness and try and get sponsored to raise funds…..GET INVOLVED and don’t forget  the STUDIO EXPERIENCE.

5189089569013760Freddie For A Day is happening around the world and the numbers are growing.the-world-cup-smiley-trophy-animation funYou to can grab a Tacheand to help raise money for the MPT……..


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Harvey Milk Foundation

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“Hope Will Never Be Silent”~ Harvey Milk

Harvey Milk Ship Naming Ceremony To Take Place Next Week

usns_harvey_milkNavy Secretary Ray Mabus and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi are among the dignitaries expected to attend next week’s historic ship captain-smiley-emoticonnaming ceremony in honour of Harvey Milk.

The Harvey Milk Foundation announced Wednesday that the ceremony will take place Tuesday at Treasure Island in the San Francisco Bay Area.

U.S. Naval Institute News reported earlier this month that Mabus will name a fleet oilier the USNS Harvey Milk. 

Milk, who served aboard a submarine rescue ship during the Korean War, was the first openly gay elected official of a major U.S. city. He won a seat on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1977 on a pledge to back gay and lesbian rights. He was murdered by a disgruntled former supervisor the following year.

“Uncle Harvey knew that our individual actions of open authenticity would be the key to harvey4Sailor-sailor-navy-costume-smiley-emoticon-000802-facebookchanging the lives of LGBT people everywhere,” Stuart Milk, Milk’s nephew and co-founder of the Harvey Milk Foundation, said in a press release. “And it was his belief in the power of that visibility which gave him the courage to face those bullets that he both anticipated and would ultimately take his life. As a proud Navy veteran, Uncle Harvey was committed to public service, aided by courage, persistence, and the belief that our shared journey is enriched, and not weakened, by our diversity.”

Also expected to attend the ceremony are Mayors Edwin M. Lee of San Francisco and Kevin Faulconer of San Diego. The San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus will perform at the ceremony. The chorus also performed at the San Francisco unveiling of the Milk stamp in 2014, read the article from On Top Magazine. »»»»»»



Our work in the last several months, The Harvey Milk Foundation took impressive strides toward these lofty and important goals. Our volunteers worked tirelessly to make global progress, not just for the LGBT community, but for all targets of hate, discrimination and ignorance.

Here are some highlights from the past year


In 2012, the United Nations, British Parliament and International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA) worked collaboratively to bring HMF founder, Stuart Milk, to the UK to present a major talk on LGBT human rights before a full meeting of the House of Lords.

Stuart Milk4The foundation also worked with Southwark Playhouse in London to produce the first European production of Emily Mann’s award-winning play, Execution of Justice. The play sold out all of its 45 performances at the theatre’s 240-seat Main House, providing needed financial support to Stonewall UK, a leading LGBT charity.

While Milk was in the UK, the BBC recorded three separate interviews with Stuart Milk for broadcast on BBC-World News, BBC-The Strand, and BBC-World. During these wide-ranging discussions Stuart addressed the continuing struggle to decriminalise homosexuality in many Commonwealth nations, and the further advancement of LGBT inclusiveness in civil societies.

flagge-regenbogen-whirlpool-60x90And HMF sponsored and partnered again with UK based 17-24-30  for our third annual “No to Hate” rally in London’s iconic Trafalgar Square. Ministers and Deputies and most importantly activists from several minority communities participated alongside London past and present Mayors and national officials. The rally has gathered up to 10,000 people per year for a moving candlelight vigil to combat hate crimes and support all targets of hate around the globe

Following the success of 2011’s Harvey Milk Foundation/Equality Italia “Seven City Human Rights Tour,” HMF partnered with the Rome LGBT Center as they dedicated their new building and library to Harvey Milk. The President of the Province of Rome attended as Stuart presented the Center with a bronze bust of Harvey—the original artist’s proof for the striking bust at San Francisco City Hall, read more highlights »»»»»»

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milkcity-hal2lHarvey Milk, was a visionary civil and human rights leader who became one of the first openly gay elected officials in the United States when he won a seat on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1977. Milk’s unprecedented loud and unapologetic proclamation of his authenticity as an openly gay candidate for public office, and his subsequent election gave never before experienced hope  to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgendered (LGBT) people everywhere at a time when the community was encountering widespread hostility and discrimination. tumblr_n7vgfoXGtE1sp6e2vo1_r1_250His remarkable career was tragically cut short when he was assassinated nearly a year after taking office.

Harvey was born May 22, 1930, in Woodmere, New York. Harvey and his one sibling, Robert, worked in the family’s department store, “Milks”; his Lithuanian born father, William, served in the U.S. Navy and as did his spirited, independent mother Minerva, also of Lithuanian heritage, who was a “Yeomanette” during World War I. Harvey came from a small middle-class Jewish family that had founded a Jewish synagogue and was well known in the New York  “Litvaks” community for their civic engagement. He knew he was gay by the time he attended Bayshore high school, where he was a popular student with wide-ranging interests, from opera to playing football.

Harvey-Blue-Navy-Dress-Uniform-jpgWhile in college at New York State College for Teachers (now State University of New York) in Albany, where he studied math and history, Milk penned a popular weekly student newspaper column where he began questioning issues of diversity with a reflection on the lessons learned from the recently ended World War. He graduated in 1951 and enlisted in the Navy. He attended Officer Candidate School in Newport, Rhode Island, and subsequently was based in San Diego, where he served as a diving instructor. In 1955, he was discharged with the rank of lieutenant junior grade.

Following his time in the Navy, Milk entered the civilian working world in New York, as a public school teacher on Long Island, as a stock analyst in New York City, and as a production associate for Broadway musicals, including Jesus Christ Superstar and Hair. During the 1960s and early 70s, he became more actively involved in politics and advocacy and he demonstrated against the Vietnam War.

Late 1972, Milk moved to San Francisco, where he opened a camera store on Castro Street, in the heart of the city’s growing waving_crossed_gay_pride_flags gay community. It quickly became a neighbourhood centre. Milk’s sense of humour and theatricality made him a popular figure. Little more than a year after his arrival in the city, he declared his candidacy for the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. He lost that race, but emerged from the campaign as a force to be reckoned with in local politics.

After some area merchants tried to prevent two gay men from opening a store, Milk and a few other business owners founded the Castro Village Association, a first in the nation organising of predominantly LGBT businesses, with Milk as president. He organised the harvey7Castro Street Fair in 1974 to attract more customers to area businesses. Its success made the Castro Village Association an effective power base for gay merchants and a blue print for other LGBT communities in the US.

In 1975, he ran again for the combined San Francisco City/County supervisor seat and narrowly lost. By now, he was established as the leading political spokesman for the Castro’s vibrant gay community. His close friend and ally Mayor George Moscone, appointed him to the city’s Board of Permit Appeals, making Milk the first openly gay city commissioner in the United States, learn more about The Harvey Milk Foundation’s work, and his nephew Stuart Milk   »»»»»»


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Caterpillar Foundation Together.Stronger


“Group discipline produces a unified effort toward a common goal.” ~ Pat Summit


together2The Caterpillar Foundation’s mission is to align, inspire and activate partners to alleviate poverty and make sustainable and scalable progress possible for all.

We are dedicated to transforming lives in the communities where we live and work around the world. Together with our partners, we champion programs that support education, environment, and basic human needs – empowering people to rise out of poverty.

blue2Launched in 1952, the Caterpillar Foundation was a natural extension of our employees’ values and culture. Along with our partners, we contribute our time and resources to promote the health, welfare and economic stability of communities around the world. Over the last 62 years, we have invested more than $650 million in organisations and programs all geared towards sustainable progress for all.

The Caterpillar Foundation is the catalyst for the Together.Stronger. platform, initiating, organising and convening impact opportunities through partners. We create the conditions, alignment and tools necessary for collaborative action to take shape and produce impact at scale.


Together.Stronger. is a catalyst for shared prosperity – a collaborative impact platform that unites businesses, non-profits, government, and citizens to combine their strengths to alleviate poverty for millions of people worldwide.

Together is our “how”. Stronger is our “why”.

Our goal is to empower 50 million people to rise out of extreme poverty by 2020. We envision a world of shared prosperity through collaborative action and purposeful partnerships.


Why is Together.Stronger. different?

k10226508Despite decades of serious effort, and billions of dollars, the existing approaches to solving poverty have helped alleviate suffering, but they have not addressed the root causes of the problem.

We believe that no one individual, no one company, no one organisation can break the cycle of poverty alone. That the way to achieve truly sustainable progress is through collaboration, not competition; common sense, not positioning.

That’s Together.Stronger.


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Bullying Scars

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The common mistake that bullies make is assuming that because someone is nice that he or she is weak. Those traits have nothing to do with each other. In fact, it takes considerable strength and character to be a good person. ~ Mary Elizabeth Williams

The Impact on Adult Life and Relationships

Untitled-1An explosion of research on bullying has raised our collective awareness of the serious impacts it can reading6gifhave on children. No longer do we accept it as an innocuous rite of passage, just a part of growing up that we grin and bear and grow out of later. But do we grow out of it, or are there lingering effects that last well beyond the school playgrounds and lunchrooms?

Is bullying traumatic and, if so, does it last into adult life? Are there life-long consequences or are the effects pretty much shed as people grow? Are some of us more resilient than others? Are there any positive or saltwater-woman5unexpected outcomes as a result of being bullied (or having been a bully) as a child? In an effort to answer these questions, Bullying Scars describes childhood bullying from the vantage point of those victims, bullies, and bystanders who are now adults; the book discusses how lives have been changed, and explores the range of reactions adults exhibit.

The research gathered for this book, through interviews with over 800 people, points out that even adult decision-making is often altered by the victimisation they experience as children at the hands of peers, siblings, parents, or educators.

1058572-nerdy-emoticon-reading-a-bookWritten in an engaging and accessible style that draws heavily from the rich interview data that deLara has collected, this book will be of interest to anyone struggling with the lingering effects of being bullied. Additionally, it is highly relevant to mental health professionals — counsellors, therapists, social workers, clinical psychologists — working with clients who are dealing with these issues.

Table of Contents

  • Preface
  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1 Bullying: The parameters of the problem into adulthood
  • Chapter 2 “Adult Post-Bullying Syndrome”
  • Chapter 3 Being Different: The Traces that Difference Leaves Behind
  • Chapter 4 “People-pleasing v. Revenge”: Consequences on development of being bullied
  • Chapter 5 “Angry Words Echo in My Brain”: Health and Mental Health Impacts
  • Chapter 6 Consequences in Relationships
  • Chapter 7 “I Am So Self-Conscious”: The Impact of Sexual Harassment
  • Chapter 8 Does Bullying Affect Decisions?
  • Chapter 9 It Comes Home to Roost: Bullying and the Family
  • Chapter 10 “Is There Anything Positive?”: Unexpected Outcomes of Bullying and Harassment
  • Conclusion

Author Information

Ellen Walser deLara, PhD, MSW, is Associate Professor on the faculty of the School of Social Work at Syracuse University. She is also a practicing family therapist with over 35 years’ experience working writingwith children, adolescents, and adults in both school and clinical settings. Her areas of research expertise address child maltreatment, school violence, and bullying from systemic and developmental perspectives. She has interviewed hundreds of teenagers and adults specifically about their secondary school experiences. Dr. deLara’s research has been featured on national and international media including: “The Today Show”; “Dateline”; “The Dr. Phil Show”; The Washington Post; CBC; and National Public Radio.

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Catina Mezereon releases music video showing solidarity for Pride and Orlando

Untitled-1For through the citizens of every conceivable ancestry who make this city their own, we see living proof that opportunity can be accessed by all, that what unites us as human beings is far greater than what divides us, and that people from every part of this world can live together in peace. ~ President Obama

drummer-smiley-emoticongt magazine3Upcoming music sensation Catina Mezereon (aka CAT) has introduced herself to the world with her debut track“stronger” features a video dedicated to the recent tragedy in Orlando .

This new garage and house anthem is produced by eDaBeatFreakz & Incredilbes and showcases her powerful, soul-ladened vocals inside a video full of hope and support for Pride. Featuring footage from the aftermath of the Orlando shooting, it also features a positive message of solidarity and defiance in the face of such hate.

She’d previously tweeted her support for the terrible tragedy in Orlando via her Twitter account.

ElvisDiscovered while studying fashion at the London School of Fashion & Design, she made music during her free time; resulting in one of her demos making its way to the ears of multi-platinum Grammy award winning artist and rapper, Pras Michel (The Fugees).

A remix package, including a remix featuring legendary UK grime mc Ghetts, is expected to be released in the coming weeks.

Watch Catina’s video for Stronger below…


You can download the single in the coming weeks via Catina’s official iTunes page. Follow via Instagram here.

Article posted 4th August 2016 by William J Connolly for GT Magazine.


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If You Don’t Say It – Who Will?

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A Case for Advocacy by Jim Roberts, CEO

“Don’t ever depend on someone else to do your duty of Advocacy; if you do not say it – who will? Otherwise, negative change will be perpetrated upon us wherein we have no control.”

advocacy2Raise your hand if you’ve ever felt intimidated, shy, excessively nervous, restrained or unwilling to make your opinion known. Now look around you, there’s probably a lot of hands in the air!

On the other hand (no pun intended), there are plenty of people who we wish would be less obsessed with being verbose; you know, the hot-air syndrome. Either way, we are so fortunate to live in a society where we can freely speak our mind and give voice to what is important to us.

ActNow-Change-SPANMany of you have heard me teach or talk about the importance of “Change.” Change is essential for growth and improvement; whether it be individually or organizationally change is necessary. But there’s a caveat: what type of change are we talking about? There are basically three faces of change:

  1. that which is forced upon us and we react to – we don’t want this;
  2. change we initiate ourselves because it’s the right thing to do; and
  3. change which we help produce on a much larger scale and with far greater potential impact.

This third type is Advocacy. Healthy change is change that we initiate ourselves and advocate! 

Blue-Smiley-FaceFor me, living in a free, democratic society, Advocacy is not an option – it’s a responsibility. Unfortunately, it seems that too many people would rather complain, bellyache, boo-hoo, feel sorry for themselves or cry “the sky is falling” than to do anything to evoke positive change. The “I’m only one person, what can I do”  

The attitude we should embrace is: “If I don’t say it–who will?” Never be content to be silent.

It is an understatement to say that the American political system is in total shambles right now – it’s a mess! I attribute this to three conditions.

First, we have wrongly put our “elected” officials on pedestals calling them our “leaders.” They are not our leaders; they are our “representatives” and should be following the voices of their constituents, not party politics or gratuitous financiers.

shutterstock_275146133-copySecond, the public is far too complacent, has basically lost its voice and failed its responsibility to Advocate.

Third, because the public at large has abdicated its responsibility to Advocate and hold elected officials accountable, these officials have become political prostitutes selling themselves to the highest bidder and rigging the system to keep themselves in power!

There is no time better than right now to start wearing that t-shirt which states boldly: “If you don’t say it – who will?” Fulfill your civic duty – become an Advocate! Exercising our right to speak up is the only way we will stop the political pandering and inappropriate behaviour of our “elected” officials.

I have been advocating for children, youth and families for nearly five decades and I will continue as long as I am able. It is rewarding and sometimes horribly frustrating, but it is the right thing to do. Needless to say, I have a few Lessons Learned I’d like to share.

First, remember politics begin at home. Get to know your city council person, County Supervisor or other key elected officials, (i.e., school board members). Voice your opinion and communicate with them enough so that they know who you are. I have experienced how my own relationships developed at this level, very often are carried into other political settings and higher offices. The operative word here is “relationship.” It is important to remain respectful of these officials, whether you agree with them or not. You never want to be viewed as some bombastic, hostile kook!

Second, communicate often, effectively and succinctly. Do your homework, know your facts and present your ideas with complete brevity in mind. Elected officials and their chuckie suit2aides will not take the time to read lengthy dissertations! Phone calls, emails and twitter post can be equally effective, especially when giving your opinion on specific legislation.

Third, meet face-to-face whenever you can. I cannot stress enough how important this personal interaction is, even if it’s only for a few minutes. You want that legislator or their aides to see you enough to remember who you are.

Fourth, don’t minimize your ability to have an influence. You don’t need to be rich or powerful to be heard. It has been said that politicians know that for every individual who articulates an opinion there are probably 1000 or more who agree with their opinion but have remained silent. Regardless of your station in life – relentlessly Advocate!

Finally, there is strength in numbers. I call it “Synergetic Collaboration,” and it’s when the collaborative outcome is far greater than each individual effort. This is really a re-articulation of what we call a “grass-roots” campaign. Learn how to mobilize others or join others who share the same point of view. Learn to use Twitter effectively. Every federal legislator and almost every state legislator consistently monitors Twitter feed. Why? Because it serves as an insta-poll, providing real-time, up-to-the-minute feedback about what people are thinking.

2sgn108VOTEThere is yet another way to Advocate – at the ballot box! Elected officials who fail to follow the input of their constituents need to be removed. The era of partisan politics needs to end. Elected officials should not be beholden or responsible to any political party or financier. Remember, they are our representatives and must only be accountable and responsible to the public they represent. I know, this change in thinking may be a challenge for many who have been lifelong R’s or D’s, or whatever, and only think in that collective mentality. But this type of “party-loyalty” is destroying the democratic process, not enhancing it.

Article for Family Care Network by  Jim Roberts, CEO ~ July 29, 2016


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Rosie’s Theater Kids

theater kids3It isn’t the mountain ahead of you that will wear you out; it’s the pebble in your shoe. ~ Muhammad Ali


0001Rosie’s Theater Kids (RTKids) is an arts education organisation dedicated to enriching the lives of children through the arts. We serve students who otherwise would not have the opportunity to experience theater, positively changing the trajectory of their lives by providing comprehensive classes in music, dance and drama; thoughtful mentoring; and structured academic guidance.
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6488884787019776TKids was launched in 2003 at PS 51, a Title 1 public school bordering on the theater district where students would walk by Broadway theaters daily, and never have the opportunity to go inside. Rosie noticed this, and thought it was, “…like living in Hawaii, and never having access to the beach.”

Together with Rosie, Artistic and Executive Director Lori Klinger developed PS Broadway – RTKids foundational program. In 2003, all 40 fifth graders at PS 51 participated in 15 weeks of singing and dancing training, and every single fifth grader went to see their first Broadway show – all free of charge.

Over the years since its debut, RTKids has blossomed into much more than simply a song and dance venue. The dedication and inspiration of its expert staff and generosity of its guest Broadway professionals have yielded truly remarkable results. Today, RTKids services include performing arts instruction, life skills development, academic tutoring, and a home-away-from-home environment that is safe and nurturing.


Our goal is to inspire excellence, motivate learning, uplift the human spirit, build confidence, and spark a lifelong appreciation for the arts.the foundersWHY ARTS EDUCATION

We’re passionate about growing kids’ skills for a bright future – building self-confidence, discipline, and poise that will serve them well in whatever their chosen careers may be.Valerie Norton, QBE Insurance; Secretary, RTKids Board of Directors


5727d9935fdfadfb7e5cbc15cb6bc9e0Song and dance are the sparks that light the way, but the lessons we teach go even further. RTKids is about transformation, helping our kids see bigger possibilities for themselves.

For many of our students, RTKids provides their first experience of personal accomplishment. By helping children develop their artistic talents and coaching them to strive for excellence, we teach them how to achieve – in the performing arts, in school, and ultimately in life.

smiley-face-graduate-5430190The link between RTKids and New York City public schools is not accidental. We instill in our students the goals of a high school diploma and advanced education. And like a caring “stage mother,” RTKids provides for the whole child – be it subway fare, lunch, an academic tutor, or a standardized test coach.

With the confidence gained from RTKids and a quality education, our kids will be equipped to pursue any career.

Rosie’s Vision ~ A Work of Heart

6614322192580608or six years, Rosie O’Donnell served as host and executive producer of the critically acclaimed and Emmy Award-winning nationally syndicated talk/variety series The Rosie O’Donnell Show.

animated-smileys-television-014In her first season on the air, she won the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Talk Show Host. She continued her success for five consecutive seasons by winning Daytime Emmy’s for both Outstanding Talk Show Host and Outstanding Talk Show. Rosie was also seen on daytime television as moderator on the tenth season of ABC’s The View, and hosted the satellite radio show, Rosie Radio on SiriusXM. She returned to television hosting in the fall of 2011 with The Rosie Show on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network through spring 2012.

We’re passionate about growing kids’ skills for a bright future – building self-confidence, discipline, and poise that will serve them well in whatever their chosen careers may be.Valerie Norton, Broadridge Financial; Secretary, RTKids Board of Directors

fernsehenRosie made her dramatic television debut in CBS’s Hallmark Hall of Fame production, Riding the Bus with My Sister, and has made guest appearances on Will and Grace, All My Children, Suddenly Susan, Spin City, Sesame Street, The Nanny, The Larry Sanders Show, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Nip/Tuck, Queer as Folk, Happily Divorced, Bomb Girls , and Showtime’s Web Therapy.

smiley-face_bullhorn_jpg_w300h210O’Donnell has also executive produced and hosted Stand Up Spotlight on VH1, and hosted Nickelodeon’s Kids Choice Awards from 1997–2003. Rosie executive co-produced, co-wrote, and starred in the 2009 Lifetime Original Film, America.

Rosie has also been involved in several HBO documentaries. She was the co-executive producer of Rosie’s Family Cruise, A Family Is a Family Is a Family: A Rosie O’Donnell Celebration, and “Don’t Divorce Me.”  Learn more & continue reading »»»»»»


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Rosie O’Donnell was born Roseann O’Donnell in Commack, New York on March 21, 1962. After graduating high school, O’Donnell embarked on a shopping-spree-smiley-emoticoncomedy tour, resulting in content successful enough to win the television show, Star Search five times. In 1984, Rosie O’Donnell moved to Los Angeles with the prize money she won from Star Search, and scored her first role as the enigmatic Maggie O’Brien in NBC’s popular sitcom, Gimme a Break.



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The Matthew Shepard Foundation

matthew shepard2Our Mission

The Matthew Shepard Foundation empowers individuals to embrace human dignity and diversity through outreach, advocacy and resource programs. We strive to replace hate with understanding, compassion and acceptance.

About Us

the-shepardsOn October 7, 1998, Matthew Shepard, a 21-year-old student at the University of Wyoming, was brutally attacked and tied to a fence in a field outside of Laramie, Wyoming. and left to die. On October 12, Matt succumbed to his wounds in a hospital in Fort Collins, Colorado.

In the aftermath of Matt’s death, Judy and Dennis Shepard started the Matthew Shepard Foundation to honour his life and aspirations. Because of the tragedy endured by the Shepards.

“The beginning principle of the Foundation was to teach parents with children who may be questioning their sexuality to love and accept them for who they are, and to not throw them away.”

clipart-girl-wearing-pink-glasses-smiley-emoticon-Through her personal appearances across the country and around the world, Judy Shepard shares Matt’s story to highlight the importance of standing up for the LGBT community.

Since our formation, the Foundation has centred its efforts on providing a voice and support for LGBT youth with our online resource center Matthew’s Place, helped pioneer the country’s first federal hate crimes legislation with the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, and create dialogue about hate and acceptance within communities with special support for The Laramie Project and The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later.

stop-homophobia-d76466947It is our sincerest hope that, one day, the Foundation may be able to close its doors. But the same hate and violence that sparked the Foundation’s formation still exists today, both at home and abroad. We will continue to work tirelessly to ensure safety, visibility and inclusiveness for the entire LGBT community until that ideal becomes reality.

Matthew’s Story


matthew shepard3The story of Matthew Shepard began on December 1, 1976 when he was born to Judy and Dennis Shepard in Casper, Wyoming. He went to public school in Casper until his junior year of high school when he moved with his family to Saudi Arabia. Matt had to finish his high school education at The American School in Switzerland because there were no American high schools in Saudi Arabia at the time. In both high schools, he was elected by his peers to be a peer counselor. He was easy to talk to, made friends easily and actively fought for the acceptance of all people.

boy smilie3Matt had a great passion for equality. His experiences abroad fueled his love for travel and gave him the chance to make many new friends from around the world. Matt’s college career eventually took him back to Wyoming where he studied political science, foreign relations and languages at the University of Wyoming in Laramie.

emoticon gif animated smile glitter 56The horrific events that took place shortly after midnight on October 7, 1998 would become one of the most notorious anti-gay hate crimes in American history and spawned an activist movement that, more than a decade later, would result in passage of the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, a federal law against bias crimes directed at lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender people. Two men, Aaron McKinney and Russell Henderson, abducted Matt and drove him to a remote area east of Laramie, Wyoming. He was tied to a split-rail fence where the two men severely assaulted him with the butt of a pistol. He was beaten and left to die in the cold of the night. Almost 18 hours later, he was found by a bicyclist who initially mistook him for a scarecrow.

Matt died on October 12 at 12:53 a.m. at Poudre Valley Hospital in Fort Collins, Colorado with his family by his side. His memorial service was attended by friends and family from around the world and garnered immense media attention that brought Matt’s story to the forefront of the fight against bigotry and hate.

ar12648297317694The life and death of Matthew Shepard changed the way we talk about, and deal with, hate in America. Since his death, Matt’s legacy has challenged and inspired millions of individuals to erase hate in all its forms. Although Matt’s life was short, his story continues to have a great impact on young and old alike. His legacy lives on in thousands of people who actively fight to replace hate with understanding, compassion, and acceptance.

About the Film

Michele Josue, friend and filmmaker: “As the media stripped my friend of his humanity, I made a promise to myself that when I was emotionally and artistically ready, I would share, with the world, who Matt really was — in the only way I knew how, through film.”


Judy Shepard, Matt’s mother and president of the Matthew Shepard Foundation: “I hope people will be reminded that Matt was an ordinary boy who experienced both struggles and triumphs in his life, that he was real to so many people … People see parts of themselves in Matt, both good and bad, and then the message sinks in, that these victims are more than icons or figures. They’re people who feel love, pain, happiness and sadness. They had lives familiar to our own, but somehow some of us are allowed to live when others aren’t. When people see and hear about the real Matt, the Matt we knew, it’s my hope they’ll understand what we’re fighting so tirelessly for.”

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The Science of Happiness


“A free eight-week Science of Happiness course that will offer practical, research-backed tips on living a happy and meaningful life.”  ~ The Huffington Post

A-ROTFLWe all want to be happy, and there are countless ideas about what happiness is and how we can get some. But not many of those ideas are based on science. That’s where this course comes in. “The Science of Happiness” is the first MOOC to teach the ground-breaking science of positive psychology, which explores the roots of a happy and meaningful life

Starts on September 6, 2016

5192644573003776grandpa-and-child-smiley-emoticonStudents will engage with some of the most provocative and practical lessons from this science, discovering how cutting-edge research can be applied to their own lives. Created by UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center, the course will zero in on a fundamental finding from positive psychology: that happiness is inextricably linked to having strong social connections and contributing to something bigger than yourself—the greater good. Students will learn about the cross-disciplinary research supporting this view, spanning the fields of psychology, neuroscience, evolutionary biology, and beyond.

What’s more, “The Science of Happiness” offers students practical strategies for tapping into and nurturing their own happiness, bbq including trying several research-backed activities that foster social and emotional well-being, and exploring how their own happiness changes along the way.smilie-face

The course’s co-instructors, Dacher Keltner and Emiliana Simon-Thomas, are not only leading authorities on positive psychology but also gifted teachers skilled at making science fun and personal. They’ll be joined by world-renowned experts discussing themes like empathy, mindfulness, and gratitude—experts including Barbara Fredrickson, Paul Ekman, Sonja Lyubomirsky, and Jon Kabat-ZinnHealth professionals who register can earn continuing education units for their participation.

Consider signing up for this course with a friend or group tweet about your registration, share it on Facebook, and use the buddy system to stay on track. Join the conversation on The Greater Good Science Center Facebook page, or in the BerkeleyX: GG101x The Science of Happiness Facebook group.

What you’ll learn

  • Discover what happiness is and why it matters to you
  • Learn how to increase your own happiness
  • Understand the power of social connections and the science of empathy
  • Discover what is mindfulness and its real world applications

Meet the instructors


Pursue a Verified Certificate to highlight the knowledge and skills you gain ($49). 

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The White Feather Foundation “Clean Water”


Our mission: For the Conservation of Life.


images (2)Long before the world-wide success of the single ‘Saltwater” in 1991 and before ‘Inconvenient Truth’ was even a sparkle in Al Gore’s eye, Julian Lennon cared deeply about our planet and he continues to do so. Julian focuses on ways that we can all make a difference, in what has become a sensitively-balanced world. Symbolically, a white feather has personal meaning for Julian and therefore it became a natural name for his Foundation.

julian2Dad once said to me, that should he pass away, if there was some way of letting me know he was going to be ok – that we were all going to be ok – the message would come to me in the form of a White Feather. Then something happened to me, whilst on tour with the album, Photograph Smile, in Australia. I was presented with a White Feather by an Aboriginal tribal elder, from The Mirning people, which definitely took my breath away.

The White Feather Foundation was created for the purpose of giving a voice and support to those who cannot be heard. The tribal elders asked for my help, as I could bring awareness to water-drop-character-holding-up-a-water-bottle_149907935their plight and to others who were suffering the same. Having had the White Feather bestowed upon me, I knew this endeavour was to be part of my destiny. One thing for sure is that the White Feather has always represented peace to me, as well as communication…

~ Julian Lennon, 20095764009004892160

For the Conservation of Life… Clean Water

For the conservation of Life We raise funds for environmental, humanitarian and clean water projects. Your involvement will help make an immeasurable difference to the countless lives of those less fortunate.

Blue-Smiley-FaceWe are often deeply touched by various images and information we are exposed to in the media regarding poverty and suffering. Yet, however much compassion and concern we all feel as individuals, we are often intimidated by the enormity of the problems we face and feel helpless to implement any real change. However,

“What we cannot accomplish as individuals, we can accomplish collectively”

Thanks to the insight of Julian Lennon, an internationally renowned musician, philanthropist and gifted photographer, we now have the means to translate these feelings into effective action.

In 2007 Julian founded a new charity  feather50 The White Feather Foundationfeather51.jpg to deal with environmental and humanitarian issues. To act with partners from around the world to raise funds for the betterment of all life, and to honour those who have made a difference. In the brief time of it’s existence, it has gained charitable status under British law and has been recognised by Prince Albert II of Monaco who honoured the Foundation with the ‘Better World Environmental Award’ in 2008.

drumsThe White Feather Foundation has already funded and completed important projects relieving poverty and distress in Kenya, in the Amazon Basin, in Sri Lanka, in Peru and in Gambia as well as funding ecological projects in England. The WFF has assisted the ‘Amazon Conservation Team’ by funding a shaman school promoting native Amazonian spirituality and it’s central message of living in harmony with the natural environment. WFF also focuses on one of the most pressing problems that plague the developing world – CLEAN WATER.



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Elder Abuse Awareness


“Age is whatever you think it is. You are as old as you think you are” ~  Muhammad Ali

Learn the signs and break the silence

elderElder abuse is any action or inaction by self or others that old-lady-driving-smiley-emoticonjeopardises the health or well-being of any older adult.

Elder abuse can take several forms including financial, emotional, physical, sexual, neglect and medication. Often more than one type of abuse occurs at the same time. The two most frequently identified and reported types of elder abuse in Canada are financial and emotional.

Coordinated Community Response Grant Program

3D_14_iconThe Taking Action Against Elder Abuse Coordinated Community Response Grant Program is a 3-year initiative aimed at supporting the development or enhancement of coordinated community response models.

Stop financial abuse

angry-old-man-smiley-emoticonFinancial abuse is one of the most frequently reported forms of elder abuse in Alberta. To help you learn the signs of financial abuse, how to protect yourself from it, and what steps you can take if you or someone you know is experiencing financial abuse, a PowerPoint presentation is available for you to download to share with others.

Help for victims of crime

The Criminal Code of Canada sets out a variety of criminal offences that can occur in the old-person-helped-to-walk-smiley-emoticoncontext of elder abuse. These include offences such as physical or sexual assault; offences against the rights of property, such as property theft, forgery and extortion; and other offences such as breach of trust and fraud. While no one ever expects to be a victim of crime, it is important to know there is help available to you.

If you have been a victim of crime, your first step is to call the police. They will investigate the crime and refer you to the Victim Services Unit for assistance. Victim Services Units Police-police-officer-uniform-smiley-emoticon-001085-facebookare staffed with trained, caring people who offer information, assistance and support to victims during the police investigation and throughout the criminal justice process.

  • For more information contact your local police, or
  • Call 780-427-3460 (toll-free by first dialing 310-0000), or
  • Visit the Victim Services Unit website at www.victims.alberta.ca

Article by the Alberta Government


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The Archives ~ A Consumer Request

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“Study the past if you would define the future.” ~ Confucius

press-press-female-lady-smiley-emoticon-000235-largeI have posted about my issues this last few years but what would you see if I re-winded my life back to 10 years ago, would my life be different or the same? as I open the archives of my life it only proves how much help I got, take a spin back with an email I sent to The Ministry of Government Services on September 30, 2006, regarding issues that remain unchanged today, they never did respond, well not by email! read it below. ~ Terry.K

Fr: Terry <terrykinden@rogers.com>
To: infomgs@mgs.gov.on.ca
Date: September 30, 2006 at 7:47 PM
Subject: Equifax/TransUnion

crazy-happy-smiley-emoticonThe world wide web reveals how many people there are throughout Canada and the U.S that have had the same experience with Equifax & TransUnion, I have joined forces with a few of them, we will be seeking answers and closure, indeed over the coming months and or years for that matter, you will be hearing more from and or about us the Consumers.

I stated earlier last year to “Adrie Moukas (Senior Specialist) for Equifax Canada” that legislation has to change, any and or all information and or accounts should be verified before being added to a credit file, also confirm with reasoning to the consumer why it’s being added, this is the type of individual required in these important positions, a bias individual.

smilie-rainbow4The positions these people occupy require a exceptional person with an open mind and the arbeitend_0001ability to view consumer complaints and have a bias opinion, a Specialist or investigator holding a degree or specialised training. These are qualities that it seems they may-not process and or use and is just one of the reasons the courts are over loaded, and causes chaos with in society, there seems to be only one objective, compassion for the creditor and a total lack of respect for the Consumer, legislation, and policies & procedures which do exist.

We as Canadian Consumers should be more selective with who occupies these positions being it’s our personal information they are controlling, in doing so, I believe it would also relieve some of the pressure on the court system.

During litigation I just recently completed, my  credit 6i3zxbkmfiles were knowingly & seriously abused by both bureaus to discredit me before the trail, all complaints I filled were investigated or so I was told, of course I had to go to the courts to get results. Knowing that in my opinion I don’t know how that constitutes specialists, in fact they appear to just be individuals holding positions to support & protect the creditors, we are not criminals but Consumers not given the benefit of doubt by a unjust Business & Financial community which needs some improvement and or changes and should be given due consideration by our elected officials.


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The First Smart Band that Lights Up Your Night


Sometimes you learn more from losing than winning. Losing forces you to reexamine. ~ Pat Summit

Introducing the Love is Louder Light Band ~ Customize your band with millions of colors, responsive Light Effects and swappable Tiles. Connect with friends and send light signals.

a1a7eb41dcdd39a97c0f553102888859We’re excited to announce a new partnership with Gemio. Gemio is helping support Love is Louder programming and working with us to use their light technology to help us feel more connected and express our unique personalities.

The Gemio Band uses millions of colors and Light Effects to express your style and connect you with the friends, events and causes that you care about. Learn more about the Gemio Band here.

smilie-armband2Through your MyGemio App, you’ll be able to join the Love is Louder Channel, a community of people around the world. Periodically, everyone connected to our Channel – no matter where they are – will get a light signal on their band at the same time — reminding us that we are all connected and encouraging us to take a moment and be grateful for the good things in our lives. We will also send our community light signals when we have important announcements or opportunities to take action.


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When Defiance Over Rules Kindness

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“I apologise if your name appears in my story & in my life, it’s not there because I wish it, it’s there because you put it there” ~ Terry.K

chuckie-rcmp-sad2.10202It is said and believed that I made a grave mistake by moving to this province while working in Ottawa and living in Renfrew, let me elaborate, suitable living accommodation’s were well beyond my affordability in Ottawa.

At the time I was living in Renfrew and it was the same there as it has been here, I really wanted to get out of there so bad due to extreme harassment & discrimination, but not only that, it was partially due to the commuting to Ottawa everyday, a 2.5 hour drive twice daily, after 6 months of doing so and getting very costly, the travelling time was getting to me, not to mention the wear and tear on my now older vehicle, a co-worker suggested I move to Gatineau because the housing was more in line with my income, unaware of rental costs in Gatineau and knowing I could not afford to live in Ottawa, I decided to check out his claims which I found to be true, so on May 1, 2010 I took the plunge and moved here. 


Now after 6 years of living here, in all honesty I now see as the worst decision I have made in my entire life, which to me was no worst then being trapped in hell, my belief that truth, integrity and chatter-box-smiley-emoticonjustice existed everywhere was diminished greatly, as I questioned life and now realised after the results of the last 10 years that I was deceived all my life into believing, that everything I was taught and raised to believe, holds no truth, so much so, I now question the very fabric of life itself, controlled by a man that, instead of using his power of Kindness to assist he choose his power of defiance!

On July 18, 2016 I made the decision to file my formal dispute with the Canada Revenue Agency which is pictured below, I was astonished when an employee of Quebec Revenue brought to my attention that Richcraft Group of Companies knowingly made false entries to my T-4 slip in regards to my employment income which considering they fired me but not before assaulting and harassing me beyond belief.

Taking in consideration that the countless agencies and individuals I have contacted over the pouting-face-smiley-emoticoncourse of the last 8 to 10 years in regards to my disbelief of what was happening to me, the assistance I was requesting  and my concerns were all ignored, what does that say about us as a people? what does that say about Canada as a whole? unfortunately it’s says a lot, what this whole situation shows me is that truth, integrity, honesty and justice is defiant and crime rules.

“When you speak, speak kindly, when you listen, listen wisely” ~ Terry.K

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I now believe I would have had a better life if I had embarked on a life of crime, it appears so according to the life I now have, repect for Truth and Justise got me nowhere, it also confirm’s my trust in governments and organisations such as Amnesty International whom also turned their back to me, not to mention disconnecting myself from campaigns such as the the Sustainable Development Goals because based on my own concerns being ignored and without resolve.

In my opinion, world peace and achieving the Goals is a long way from ever becoming reality, they are more like science fiction, at this point in time, that is compared to the out come of the chaos in my life which is just pushed aside, honestly riddle me this, how can I possibly have faith in a system and preach it to the world while not believing in it myself, I can’t and won’t do that, that would be considered betraying the people and lying, sorry but that’s just not me.  

Regarding my campaigning for the goals, in essence when they are taken a little more seriously I might reconsider, which I won’t have to reconsider because it won’t be in my life time, don’t get me wrong, the goals are what the world needs to heal but unfortunately right now, today, my belief in obtaining the global goals, it’s probability of success is equal to or has the same result as trying to start a vehicle without an engine, as long as this type of individual is left to create chaos, it just ain’t going to happen, only when we have respect for Human Rights for all humanity as a whole, then and only then will we have a shot at implementing the Sustainable Development Goals, maybe then, the world will know peace. #Peace&Love.. Terry.Ktransparanvy


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Where your story, and your voice mean something


Words of Wisdom

“As long as you’re happy, does it really matter who you fall in love with?”

How You Can Help

People often ask us “How can I help LGBTSupport.org?”

If you are interested in helping support LGBTSupport.org please read the following information to find out how you can help us help others! There are many ways that someone can help here at LGBTSupport.org. However, the main four ways someone can help support LGBTSupport.org is though joining, and participating in our online forums, by making a donation, by purchasing an item from our Online Store, and by sharing LGBTSupport.org with others.

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One of the best ways you can help LGBTSupport.org is by joining our online forums, and becoming an active member. Our forums are always free, and registration is easy. To find out more information or to join our forums please visit: www.LGBTSupport.boards.net 

Share LGBTSupport.org with others

LGBTSupport.org is here to help people around the world. To help make LGBTSupport.org successful please share us with your friends, and feel free to share us on your social media. By spreading the word about LGBTSupport.org you will be helping us reach those in need. You never know who may need help, they just don’t know where to turn to. If you would like to share our social media as well, our social media links are provide below.

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4277220bfaf2d8fa00b2efda2e690f5eAnother one of the ways you can help support LGBTSupport.org is to make a donation. LGBTSupport.org provides smileys-cz-11Financial Aid to those in need. LGBTSupport.org relies on donations to be able to provide the Financial Aid to those in need. All donations donated to LGBTSupport.org goes to helping others. Your donation will be used when someone request Financial Aid, and after our team has verified their need for assistance. If you would like to make a donation to LGBTSupport.org allowing us to continue to help others please use the donation button provide below, or email MattStout@LGBTSupport.org for more information.

About Us

LGBTSupport.org is a non-profit organisation dedicated to assisting members of the LGBT communityLGBTSupport.org offers a FREE online forum where members can go to get peer to peer smilie hai2advice, and support. As well as a place to share the joys, and fun times in life. To visit our online forums please visit LGBTSupport.boards.net. At LGBTSupport.org we strive every day to provide a safe, loving, caring and trusting environment where members of the LGBT community can safely share the day to day struggles that they are facing in their lives. We will also work to provide financial assistance to members of the LGBT community when they are facing hardship or are in need of assistance leaving an unhealthy situation. LGBTSupport.org will always be a place where your story will be heard and your voice will mean something.


Meet Our Team

We are the faces behind LGBTSupport.org

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As the founder of LGBTSupport.org my passion is helping those in need. It doesn’t matter if it is something as simple as someone having a bad day, or something as extreme as being rejected by their family I want everyone to know that they can come to me when they need someone to talk to. I’m always here to help.

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As the Co-Founder of LGBTSupport.org I am always here to help. Having two beautiful daughters of my own, I know how important it is to always provide a loving, caring environment for not only my children, but for anyone in the world who may need it.  I want to make everyone feel like they are loved, and cared for. Because they are.


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Newton Abbot College Awarded Anti-Bullying Accolade


“Teamwork allows common people to obtain uncommon results”. ~ Pat Summit

NEWTON Abbot College has won another award for their anti-bullying work at the school. imagesFollowing their selection as one of only three national showcase schools for their anti-bullying work, fourteen Anti-Bullying ambassador students and two members of staff travelled to London for the invitation-only Diana Award Anti-Bullying event.

The students were greeted upon arrival by some of the Diana Award staff members and VIP guests for the event, including internet vlogging sensation, Marcus Butler, former Doctor Who, Christopher Ecclestone, and Union J member, JJ Hamblett, before participating in the main showcase event.

Film Title: Shrek 3.The school video of Newton Abbot College was shown for the first time and the College’s anti-bullying team was invited on stage to receive their Diana Award Anti-Bullying Champion accolade.

Year 10 anti-bullying prefect Zoe McAuliffe said: “The event was absolutely fantastic and I feel extremely proud to be part of both Newton Abbot College and its anti-bullying work, as we are the only school in the area to have been recognised in such an amazing way.

“Anti-bullying work in schools is so important and I am looking forward to becoming more involved next year and helping other students to stay safe and happy in their college environment.”

fransmanHead of House and Head of Anti-Bullying, Anne Farnham, added: “The Facebook event was an amazing opportunity for the College to celebrate the many years of anti-bullying work we have put in.

god_said_no_12The showcase accolade and subsequent Champion Award is the recognition of all the hard work, initiative and enthusiasm shown by our students over the last few years. I could not be more proud of the team, the work they do and the College as a whole.”

Article by HEDanielClark for Herald Express  Posted: July 15, 2016


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