THAT “LOVE THY NEIGHBOUR” THING… I MEANT THAT..GOD
The Tyler Clementi Foundation was created in honour of a Rutgers student who committed suicide after his roommate outed him as gay.
The Tyler Clementi Foundation was honoured by the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles recently with the 2014 Inspiration Award at the GMCLA Voice Awards.
The award is given to individuals who have transformed a difficult personal experience into a positive force of hope and change, Michelle Clunie from the show “Queer As Folk” said at the awards ceremony.
Clementi killed himself in 2010 by jumping off the George Washington Bridge after his Rutgers University roommate posted a encounter of Clementi and another man on the Internet.
Presenter George Takei said that Joe and Jane Clementi, and their foundation, has accomplished in the nearly five years since Clementi committed suicide by jumping off the George Washington Bridge in 2010 “deeply inspirational.”
“Somehow, as they struggled with personal grief, these individuals were able to turn their attention to helping other young people, like Tyler,” Takei said.
The Clementis posted a statement on the foundation’s website: ”Thank you for giving us a voice and platform on the west coast to share Tyler’s story and help heal the pain of bullying known by too many.
“Thank you so much to George, Michelle, Steven, Justin and Sierra for your friendship and support. We are so grateful and humbled.”
The foundation rolled out a new campaign this month called Day 1.
“What we’re trying to do is end online and offline bullying – in schools, workplaces, and faith communities,” said Sean Kosofsky, head of the foundation.
Day 1 encourages people to stand up on their first day of work, school, or any new social situation and promise to not treat anybody differently because of who they love, how they dress, or what their body looks like.
The Clementi Family accepts a Voice Award from the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles. The Tyler Clementi Foundation was created to prevent tragedies like Tyler’s by putting an end to online and offline bullying. GMCLA honors the Clementi Family for transforming their personal tragedy into action.
Article By DANIEL HUBBARD (Patch Staff) June 23, 2015
Beautiful: Columbus Children’s Choir and the Columbus Gay Men’s Chorus
The Columbus Children’s Choir and the Columbus Gay Men’s Chorus from Ohio join together to raise their voices for the It Gets Better campaign. Reflect as they sing the lyrics, “Cause we are beautiful no matter what they say. Yes, words won’t bring us down” Please support the It Gets Better Project and The Trevor Project.
L, B, G and T are different communities — communities in a big, diverse and complex world of communities. We deserve to be treated as such, not lumped together as “Other.” Nancy Ruth