Human Rights Day 2016 “Stand up for someone’s rights today!”
Human Rights Day is observed every year on 10 December. It commemorates the day on which, in 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In 1950, the Assembly passed resolution 423 (V), inviting all States and interested organizations to observe 10 December of each year as Human Rights Day.
This year, Human Rights Day calls on everyone to stand up for someone’s rights! Many of us are fearful about the way the world is heading. Disrespect for basic human rights continues to be wide-spread in all parts of the globe. Extremist movements subject people to horrific violence. Messages of intolerance and hatred prey on our fears. Humane values are under attack.
We must reaffirm our common humanity. Wherever we are, we can make a real difference. In the street, in school, at work, in public transport; in the voting booth, on social media.
The time for this is now. “We the peoples” can take a stand for rights. And together, we can take a stand for more humanity.
It starts with each of us. Step forward and defend the rights of a refugee or migrant, a person with disabilities, an LGBT person, a woman, a child, indigenous peoples, a minority group, or anyone else at risk of discrimination or violence.
“Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home – so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any maps of the world. Unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere. Without concerted citizen action to uphold them close to home, we shall look in vain for progress in the larger world.”
Join us and “Stand up for someone’s rights today.” We want to encourage, support and amplify what you do in your everyday life to defend human rights. Together, let’s take action for greater freedoms, stronger respect and more compassion. Many of us are fearful about the way the world is heading. Messages of intolerance and hatred prey on our fears. But we can change the course by reaffirming our common humanity and taking action to support everyone’s human rights.
Video: It starts with you
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein explains why standing up for someone’s rights helps to provide safety, security and reaffirm humanity in the world.
Human Rights Day is celebrated by the global human rights community and the whole United Nations family. Activities are planned across the world to commemorate the signature of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948.Read more.
When the 11th annual Billboard Women In Music event hits New York City this winter, royalty will be present.
Following a year where she extended her record as the highest-grossing female touring artist of all time, Madonna will receive Billboard’s 2016 Woman of the Year award.
“Madonna is one of a miniscule number of super-artists whose influence and career transcend music,” said Janice Min, president and chief creative officer of The Hollywood Reporter-Billboard Media Group. “With her creative vision, relentless innovation, and dedication to philanthropic causes, she is an inspiration to hundreds of millions of people around the world, all while shattering every career record out there. She is an important feminist on top of that, a one-of-a-kindartist who’s used her influence to change the conversation around women, sexuality and equal rights.”
Her Rebel Heart Tour, which wrapped in March, solidified her status as one of the biggest touring acts of all time. Madonna sold more than 1 million tickets and walked away with $170 million. That makes her the highest grossing solo touring artist in Billboard Boxscore history (the archives go back to 1990) with a staggering $1.31 billion in total concert grosses.
In addition to being the first female pop star with true control of her career and image, Madonnais the best-selling female recording artist of all time. She’s earned 8 No. 1 albums (and 21 top 10 albums) on the Billboard 200 and 12 No. 1 singles on the Billboard Hot 100. With her 46th No. 1 on the Dance Club Songs chart in 2015, she extended her own record for the most No. 1s on a single Billboard chart. She also holds the record for the most top 10 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 chart with 38.
In addition to her ongoing chart dominance, her philanthropic efforts are effecting real change in the world.Madonna’s Raising Malawi organizationis currently constructing Malawi’s first pediatric surgery and intensive care unit, which will double the number of life-saving surgeries performed on children each year, provide intensive care after critical surgeries, and train specialized Malawian medical staff. The Mercy James Institute of Pediatric Surgery and Intensive Care facility will open in 2017.
The seven-time Grammy winner will receive the honor at the 11th annual Women in Music event, held Dec. 9 in New York City and airing nationally on Lifetime on Dec.12. The star-studded event is held in conjunction with the publication of Billboard’s Women in Music list, which identifies the 50 most powerful female executives in the industry each year.
The elections of 2016 have left so many of us disappointed and worried about what’s next, and while we at the GLBT Historical Society share these concerns, we recognize that we have a special role in creating the change we’d like to see.
Our unique responsibility is to help put our contemporary challenges into historical context. In this way, we as a community will be better prepared to overcome obstacles, avail ourselves of promising opportunities and, ultimately, build a better future for LGBTQ people and our allies. This process begins with an understanding of our past and of the ways that understanding can inspire a society of greater respect for all.
Over the last year, the Historical Society has made great progress in preserving, protecting and sharing our history:
With strong support from our members and donors, we moved our archives and offices to a new, spacious location in the mid-Market neighborhood of San Francisco. We now have over twice as much room for our archives, allowing us to process a backlog of donations and to acquire new collections.
Our volunteer-staffed GLBT History Museum celebrated its five-year anniversary in the Castro, and over the course of 2016, we expanded the calendar of new exhibitions and programming. We’re especially proud of our continuing efforts to ensure the museum better reflects the great diversity of our community.
If we meet our year-end fundraising goal, our 2016 budget will surpass the previous year by 50 percent. Some of the sources of this growth: We brought back our fabulous annual gala, raising more than $60,000. And thanks to strong support from the community, our membership increased by 30 percent.
Of course, we have a lot more work to do, both within the LGBTQ community and with the general public. I believe our community is in a unique position to build cultural awareness and understanding among all our families and communities of origin, not only about gender and sexuality, but also about issues of racial, economic and social justice that inevitably affect LGBTQ people.
That’s why the GLBT Historical Society recently launchedVision2020, our four-year campaign to establish a New Museum of LGBTQ History and Culture in San Francisco. We’re working to create a full-fledged educational institution to support dialogue and discovery for locals of all ages and for visitors from around the globe.
We’re aiming to raise $75,000 for ourVision2020campaign by the end of the year, with the first $30,000 in new donations matched dollar for dollar by three generous donors. We are more than halfway there — and with support from the community, we’ll not only meet the goal, we’ll exceed it. All funds raised will be used to help prepare us to launch a full-fledged capital campaign for the New Museum of LGBTQ History and Culture. Here’s where tomake your donation.
As we look forward to exciting plans for 2017, we’re immensely grateful to all those who make our work possible. As always, your ongoing support will be crucial to our success.
There are a variety of individual experiences of gender and of gender expression. The terms “gender identity” and “gender expression” include a wide range of gender diversity.
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Gender identity is each person’s internal and individual experience of gender. It is their sense of being a woman, a man, both, neither, or anywhere along the gender spectrum.
A person’s gender identity may be the same as or different from the gender typically associated with their sex assigned at birth. When a person’s gender identity is different from the gender typically associated with their sex assigned at birth, this is often described as transgender or simply trans.
Gender identity is not the same as a person’s sexual orientation.
🌈 Gender Expression 🌈
Gender expression is the way in which people publicly present their gender. It is the presentation of gender through such aspects as dress, hair, make-up, body language, and voice.
If I were not scraping for food myself, this would be my choice because the smallest gift would be a treasure to a refugee, to those whom have very little, your Gratitude would be a gift of love and light to a kid in a displaced world……Terry.K
Welcome to UNHCR’s gift shop—where giving gifts can save lives. When you choose an item from our catalogue, you’re ensuring that refugees have access to vital resources—including shelter, medical care, education, nutrition and clean water.
Your gift delivers the essentials of life, as well as hope for the future.
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Making a gift through our online gift shop is easy. In less than 15 minutes you can complete the three steps listed below. You’re on your way to helping deliver the essentials of life to families who need your help.
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Browse our catalogue: Choose from any of our six giving categories, each with their own life-saving resources.
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Those whose lives have been uprooted and torn apart by conflict or natural disaster, UNHCR exists to help them. This is our story.
UNHCR helps refugees and other displaced people around the world survive, recover and rebuild better futures. Last year, UNHCR delivered more than 15,000 tons of essential relief and survival items to displaced families.
UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, provides life-saving aid to those who have been forced to flee their homes as a result of violence, conflict or persecution. We provide refugees with the essentials they need to survive—including clean water, food, shelter and medicine—as well as access to vital resources like education and counselling.
With 9,700 employees working in more than 126 countries, we assist more than 65 million people forced to flee their homes worldwide.
UNHCR has helped tens of millions of people restart their lives since its foundation in 1950. For our work with some of the world’s most vulnerable populations, we have twice been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
Founded in 1995, Egale Canada Human Rights Trust is Canada’s only national charity promoting lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans (LGBT) human rights through research, education and community engagement.
Egale’s vision is a Canada, and ultimately a world, without homophobia, biphobia, transphobia and all other forms of oppression so that every person can achieve their full potential, free from hatred and bias.
OUR PROGRAMS AND SERVICES
The Program & Services Department promotes and fosters the human rights and equitable inclusion of LGBTQ people in community, schools, and work through consultation, programs and services, training & development and community engagement.
The Research, Policy & Development Department compiles, produces and communicates the best-available evidence, information and tools for promoting and fostering the human rights and equitable inclusion of LGBTQ people throughout all aspects of society.
The Operations & Stewardship Department establishes efficient processes and procedures to ensure that Egale activities meet the organization’s objectives; to effectively manage day-to-day operations and resources across the organization; to bolster fundraising efforts and relationship management; and to monitor adherence and compliance to CRA reporting and regulations.
Learn more about our Board of Directors and teamhere.
Egale Youth OUTreach offers individual counselling, homelessness and suicide crisis services for LGBTIQ2S youth up to age 29 provided by three full time counsellors.
EYO opened its doors to service in 2014 in downtown Toronto and is hoped to be a model to spread across the country.
Homophobia, Biphobia, Transphobia, violence and harassment in our schools, in our families and in our communities combined with experiencing homelessness and other stressors take their toll on mental health and overall well-being. We have created Egale Youth OUTreach to help address these challenges by providing direct services to LGBTIQ2S youth.
Our fathers, partners, brothers and friends face a health crisis that isn’t being talked about. Men are dying too young. We can’t afford to stay silent.
That’s why we’re taking action.
We’re the only charity tackling men’s health on a global scale, year round. We’re addressing some of the biggest health issues faced by men: prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and mental health and suicide prevention.
We know what works for men, and how to find and fund the most innovative research to have both a global and local impact. We’re independent of government funding, so we can challenge the status quo and invest quicker in what works. In 13 years we’ve funded more than 1,200 men’s health projects around the world. By 2030 we’ll reduce the number of men dying prematurely by 25%. Help us stop men dying too young. Join the movement.
Grow a Mo, save a Bro ~ The moustache is our ribbon, This Movember, grow your Mo and use it to raise funds for men’s health. Sign up ~ Get ready for a hairy month ~ Get growing ~ Grow and groom your moustache for 30 days ~ Put out the call ~ Raise funds for men’s health
Take the Move challenge and get physically active during Movember. What is the Move challenge? It’s whatever you make it. Run a race. Learn to rock climb. Work out in costume. Try something new, beat your own personal best, and raise funds for men’s health.
Mo Bros and Mo Sistas know how to get creative and have a good time. Whether it’s a golf tournament, band night, or a dinner party – this Movember, get together to raise funds, make some noise, and stop men dying too young.
Our strategy is all about going where men need us most.
We know what works for men. We’re transforming the way research into men’s health is done, and the way health services reach and support men.
We don’t take government funding, so we can challenge the status quo and invest quicker in what works.
We report on every initiative we fund so you can see the effect your donations are having.
Thanks to the support of Mo Bros and Mo Sistas we’ve funded more than 1,200 projects saving and improving the lives of men all around the world. Since 2003, we’ve committed ourselves to helping men live happier, healthier, longer lives. Millions have joined us.
From 30 moustaches to 5 million, we couldn’t have done it without you.
From humble beginnings back in 2003 the Movember movement has grown to be a truly global one, inspiring support from over 5 million Mo Bros and Mo Sistas.
The Movember Foundation wouldn’t be where it is without the enthusiasm of all of those men and women around the globe. We’re committed to keeping things fresh, keeping the community informed, and always being transparent and accountable in our practices.
The Point Foundation empowers promising lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer students to achieve their full academic and leadership potential – despite the obstacles often put before them – to make a significant impact on society.
The Point Foundation (Point) is the nation’s largest scholarship-granting organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ)students of merit. Point promotes change through scholarship funding, mentorship, leadership development, and community service training.
Point provides a direct financial contribution toward the many different costs of attending the nation’s top educational institutions, such as tuition, housing, textbooks and class fees.
Point mentors build rewarding, personal relationships and serve as exemplary role models for the organization’s scholars, as well as provide scholars with advice on academic and professional career decisions.
Point provides training in leadership development,accountability and advocacy for its scholars through its programs, conferences, and by providing scholars with internship opportunities at other nonprofits and leading companies.
COMMUNITY SERVICE TRAINING
Point promotes philanthropic efforts and a culture of giving back to community by requiring its scholars to work with their mentors to design and complete an annual community service project.
See how our efforts to empower promising LGBTQ students have left a permanent imprint on the landscape and made a significant impact on society.
Those with degrees earn higher incomes, are healthier, and have lower rates of unemployment and poverty throughout their lives.1
In academic years 2011-2013, debt incurred by undergraduate and graduate students averaged $28,720 and $43,524, respectively.2
One-third of LGBTQ students seeking financial aid reported delaying attending a four-year undergraduate and/or graduate program for reasons related to affordability or debt.3
Of those students, 41.3 percent cited lack of familial support as accounting for their lack of affordability.4
Nearly 85 percent of students hear “gay” used in a negative way (e.g., “that’s so gay”) frequently or often in high school.5
Students who experienced victimization based on their sexual orientation reported higher levels of depression and lower levels of self-esteem than those who reported lower levels of such victimization.6
Nearly one-third of LGBTQ students drop out of high school, which is three times the national average.7
Many students find that colleges are the first environments where organizations accept, teach, and offer companionship for students based on their sexuality. In fact, LGBTQ students seeking scholarships cite the presence of an on-campus LGBTQ center as the third most important factor when choosing a school.8
Youth who are out to their immediate family or out at school report higher levels of happiness, optimism, acceptance and support through multiple measures. Not surprisingly, they also report higher levels of in–person participation with LGBT organizations at school and in the community.9
“Climate change is the single greatest threat to a sustainable future but, at the same time, addressing the climate challenge presents a golden opportunity to promote prosperity, security and a brighter future for all.” BAN KI-MOON Secretary General, United Nations
If you could know the truth about the threat of climate change — would you want to know? Before the Flood, presented by National Geographic, features Leonardo DiCaprio on a journey as a United Nations Messenger of Peace, traveling to five continents and the Arctic to witness climate change firsthand. He goes on expeditions with scientists uncovering the reality of climate change and meets with political leaders fighting against inaction. He also discovers a calculated disinformation campaign orchestrated by powerful special interests working to confuse the public about the urgency of the growing climate crisis. With unprecedented access to thought leaders around the world, DiCaprio searches for hope in a rising tide of catastrophic news.
From Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Fisher Stevens and Academy Award®-winning actor, environmental activist and U.N. Messenger of Peace Leonardo DiCaprio, Before the Flood presents a riveting account of the dramatic changes now occurring around the world due to climate change, as well as the actions we as individuals and as a society can take to prevent the disruption of life on our planet. Beyond the steps we can take as individuals, the film urges viewers to push their elected officials in supporting the use of alternative energy sources such as solar and wind power.
“We need everyone to demand bold action from their political leaders and to elect representatives who have their best interests at heart, not the interests of corporations to perpetuate a cycle of greed and destruction,” says DiCaprio. “This documentary shows how interconnected the fate of all humanity is — but also the power we all possess as individuals to build a better future for our planet.”
Before the Flood premieres in theaters on October 21st and will air globally on the National Geographic Channel on October 30th in 171 countries and 45 languages, you can now also catch the English version below .
The carbon emissions from Before The Flood were offset through a voluntary carbon tax. Learn how you can offset your own carbon emissions by going toCarboTax.org.
Win cash prizes and provincial and national recognition!
Use your creativity to develop an original video that can be used in social media to illustrate the importance of working safely on the job. This year there is an optional theme: Start the Conversation!
Students can create a video showcasing:
How to communicate with peers – at school, at work, or any other setting – about the importance of working safely on the job,
A message to peers to raise awareness about workplace safety, or
Any other health and safety messages students wish to convey.
The top Ontario video will be entered in the national contest to compete against secondary school winners from across the country. This year, the first place national winning video will be announced and shown at the North American Occupational Safety and Health(NAOSH) Week Launch ceremony on May 7, 2017.
Contestants can submit videos until the contest closes on March 3, 2017, at 11:59 p.m., Eastern Daylight Saving Time.
Who can enter?
The contest is open to current Ontario secondary school studentsonly. Please note that employees of provincial or federal workers’ compensation boards, provincial and federal ministries and departments of labour, the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) and their immediate family members are not eligible.
How do I enter the contest?
Submitting your entry to the video contest is easy! Simply complete these three steps:
Download theContest Entry Form[PDF/306 Kb] from our website, and fill in all of the required information.
Upload your video toVimeoand specify the location (URL) on the entry form. Memberships to Vimeo are free.
After the form has been completed and signed, send it to us. See the section titledSubmitting your entry to find details on where to submit your entry form and video.
Avoiding Sprains and Strains Online Training Train 100% online today and minimize risk of injury on the job site! This course is specifically designed for those whose work activities involve manual labour. You will find it covers introduction to ergonomics, musculoskeletal injury, signs, symptoms, and risk factors associated with the onset of a MSI Strategies to minimize both risk of injury and improve overall comfort.
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The 5 million Americans who’ve taken action with OFA are part of a long line of people who stand up and take on the big fights for social justice, basic fairness, equal rights, and expanding opportunity.
President Barack Obama is the 44th President of the United States.
He was born on August 4th, 1961, in Honolulu, Hawaii, to a mother from Kansas, Stanley Ann Dunham, and a father from Kenya, Barack Obama Sr. He was also raised by his grandfather, who served in Patton’s army, and his grandmother, who worked her way up from the secretarial pool to become vice president at a local bank.
He worked his way through school—Occidental College in Los Angeles, ColumbiaUniversity in New York, and later, Harvard Law School—with the help of scholarship money and student loans.
In 1985, Barack Obama moved to Chicago, where he got his start in community organizing on the city’s South Side, working to help rebuild communities devastated by the closure of local steel plants.
Barack Obama was elected to the Illinois State Senate in 1996. During his time in Springfield, he passed the first major ethics reform in 25 years, cut taxes for working families, and expanded health care for children and their parents. Elected to the U.S. Senate in 2004, he reached across the aisle to pass the farthest-reaching lobbying reform in a generation, lock up the world’s most dangerous weapons, and bring transparency to government by tracking federal spending online.
Barack Obama was sworn in as president on January 20th, 2009, in the middle of the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, at a time when our economy was losing 800,000 jobs a month. He acted immediately to get our economy back on track. Since then, the private sector has added back more than 10 million jobs during the longest, uninterrupted period of job growth in our nation’s history.
In his first term, the President cut taxes for every American worker—putting $3,600 back in the pockets of the typical family. He passed historicWall Street reformto make sure taxpayers never again have to bail out big banks. He passed the landmark Affordable Care Act, helping to put quality and affordable health care within reach for millions of Americans. He ended the war in Iraq and is working to responsibly end the war in Afghanistan.
The President believes an economy that’s built to last starts by growing and strengthening the middle class —that’s why he has aplan to create jobsand restore economic security to working families. He’s been driven by the basic values that make our country great: America prospers when we’re all in it together, when hard work pays off and responsibility is rewarded, and when everyone—from Main Street to Wall Street—does their fair share and plays by the same rules.
INSPIRING A GRASSROOTS MOVEMENT
The President’s legacy as a grassroots organizer inspired millions. Organizing for Action is proud to be built from the ground up by people who believe that real, lasting change only happens when you organize.
WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA?
Read more about the President, First Lady Michelle Obama, and the First Family atwww.whitehouse.gov.
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The Community Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador (CFNL) is a unique registered charity. The foundation’s goal is to help people from all walks of life support the causes they feel are priorities in their communities and their province. To achieve this goal, CFNL pools and invests the gifts of many donors to create permanent endowment funds for communities in Newfoundland and Labrador.
CFNL benefits everybody
Creating a permanent endowment The Community Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador helps donors make a permanent investment in our province by building an endowment fund that will benefit our communities forever. The earnings from these funds are used to provide grants to a wide range of charitable organizations – from health care and education, to social services, the arts and the environment.
Supporting local charities CFNL acts as a vehicle to support a wide range of causes and organizations. We do not run our own programs or compete with other charities – rather, we exist to enhance the ability of these organizations to serve the community.
Developing partnership Because we work with all sectors and a wide range of charitable organizations, our foundation is well positioned to connect diverse parts of the community, foster dialogue, and develop partnerships on issues of broad community concern.
Benefits to donors
The Community Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador can serve as a ‘philanthropic partner’ for people who wish to establish a permanent, yet flexible, method to fund current and future charitable gifts.
A Lasting Legacy: your gift can last as long as you wish or in perpetuity
Flexibility: a wide variety of giving options are available to help meet your charitable goals
Support What Matters Most to You: our foundation supports a wide range of charities, so you can direct your support to the causes that interest you the most
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Tax Advantages: donors reap the tax rewards available to public foundations like ours, such as the beneficial treatment of gifts of appreciated securities
Accountability: CFNL is governed by a volunteer board of directors, comprised of well-known community leaders from Newfoundland and Labrador
How you can help
We welcome gifts of all sizes. Gifts can include cash, real estate, stock, artwork and insurance. Donors can choose to support the foundation broadly or designate a favorite cause or charity.
Flexibility is key. We will work with you to address your specific interests and tailor a program that suits your immediate and long-term goals.
Many charities also place their endowment funds with community foundations in order to benefit from greater returns on their investments.
Part of a growing movement
Newfoundland and Labrador is joining one of Canada’s fastest growing charitable networks. We are among more than 180 community foundations located across the country.
Together these foundations hold more than $3.1 billion in combined assets. By 2012,Canadian community foundationsprovided $154 million in grants to support local priorities.
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.