🇺🇸 The Tyler Clementi Foundation

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About the Tyler Clementi Foundation

boygirl3The Tyler Clementi Foundation is an organization created by the Clementi family which seeks to prevent bullying through inclusion, assertion of dignity and acceptance as a way to honor the memory of Tyler Clementi: a son, a brother and a friend.

In 2010, Tyler’s death became a global news story, highlighting the impact and consequences of bullying while sparking dialogue amongst parents, teachers, and students across the country. The story also linked to broader issues impacting youth and families such as LGBT inequality, safety in schools, youth in crisis, higher education support systems, and cyberbullying.

Not only does the foundation continue to carry the important message about the suicide risk facing many LGBT youth, which can be three to seven times more at risk for suicide giphythan other youth, but The Tyler Clementi Foundation recognises that our message of standing up to bullying speaks universally across all cultures and identities.

Since 2011, The Tyler Clementi Foundation was born out of the urgent need to address these bullying challenges facing vulnerable populations, especially LGBT and other victims of hostile social environments. Through programs such as #Day1, which provides free downloadable toolkits customised for different communities, the foundation encourages leadership in creating safe spaces where individuals are able to stand up to bullying and embrace diversity.

Tyler’s Story

Meet Tyler. His story inspires thousands.

tylerDecember 19, 1991 – September 22, 2010

Smart, talented and creative: Tyler Clementi was deeply loved by family and friends for his kind heart and bright spirit. At the young age of 18, he became a victim of a horrible act of cyber-harassment and humiliation. His story puts a human face on the consequences of cruelty, which has been faced by millions of others suffering in silence in their schools, colleges, teams, workplaces, or faith communities. Tyler’s story has inspired tens of thousands of youth and adults to be Upstanders in the face of bullying, harassment and humiliation across the globe.

Read about bullying statistics here.

A Passionate Young Man

Tyler could think outside the box.

He grew up with a passion for music. Tyler began playing the violin in the third grade and became an accomplished violinist. He 2539718-1843096140-fiddlperformed in numerous orchestras and was awarded with several accolades for his musical contributions.

Tyler was also an enthusiastic bicyclist and unicyclist.

By combining his knowledge with creativity and talent, he taught himself to play the violin while unicycling! He understood that we all must learn to embrace unique qualities in others and in ourselves.

Coming Out

Another quality Tyler learned to embrace was his young, gay self.

The summer after his high school graduation, Tyler had just begun the important journey of coming out to close family and friends. Tyler was brave and honest about who he was, but this was still a difficult, vulnerable time for him.

toolkitIn August of 2010, Tyler began studying at Rutgers University where he was excited to learn, grow and have the freedom to live openly as a gay man.

He began playing violin at the institution’s high level orchestra. Only a few weeks into his first semester, Tyler’s musical gifts earned him a seat in an orchestra comprised primarily of upperclassmen and graduate students. Tyler was one of only two incoming freshman who made the graduate school orchestra.

Targeted for humiliation

Within weeks, Tyler became the victim of a horrible act of cyber-harassment, a type of bullying or cruelty that takes place using the internet.

At college, Tyler was immersed in his studies and violin practice. One night, Tyler asked imvulgbticonhis dorm mate, Dharun Ravi, for some privacy because he had a date. Ravi agreed but what Tyler didn’t know was that Ravi was planning a horrible act of humiliation; he secretly pointed his computer’s webcam at Tyler’s bed, and then left.

During one spying session, Tyler’s roommate captured him in an intimate act and invited toolkitothers to view it online. Many other students at the university contributed to this invasion of privacy by not standing up to report or stop what was happening to Tyler.

Tyler discovered what his abuser had done. When he viewed his roommate’s Twitter feed, he learned he had widely become a topic of ridicule in this new social environment. He also found out that his roommate was planning a second attempt to broadcast from the webcam.

Several days later, Tyler Clementi ended his life by jumping off the George Washington Bridge. He was eighteen years old.

#Day1

#Day1 Works by….

  • A person in authority leading the pledge
  • Clearly stating behavior expectations and responsibilities
  • Addressing the issue early (on Day 1!)
  • Getting verbal confirmation back

Download your free two-page handout specifically designed for your community ripby clicking here

#Day1 has worked with many organizations and celebrities sharing our strategy to end bullying! Learn why it works, how it will help your school and how you can get in touch with us to share your Day 1 Stories.

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The Born This Way Foundation

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If you consider a memory painful, remember, this will be the memory that will open a new door for you. ~ Sourav Adhikari

MISSION

red-roseBorn This Way Foundation is committed to supporting the wellness of young people and empowering them to create a kinder and braver world. We achieve this by shining a light on real people, quality research, and authentic partnerships.
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HISTORY

lady-gaga4Born This Way Foundation was launched in 2012 by Lady Gaga and her mother, Cynthia Germanotta. The foundation has dedicated the past two years to researching, learning and developing programs to support our original mission; connecting young people in safe ways and empowering them with the skills and opportunities that will inspire them to create a kinder and braver world. Our work over the past two years has been based on the three pillars of safety, skills and opportunity and we are proud of the impact that we’ve had, including: 2,500 global resource submissions to our Bravest Map Ever, more than 300,000 online subscribers, partnerships with over 50 non-profit organisations across the country, cutting edge research on kindness and bravery through the Born Brave Experiences study, directly interacting with over 100,000 young people, and over 325 million media impressions for our Born Brave Bus Tour.

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In reflecting on the work that the foundation has accomplished and our vision for the work 15_3_41-1moving forward, we realise that it is primarily shaped by our commitment to three key areas; shining a light on the real stories of young people that embody kindness and bravery in their communities, building our portfolio of meaningful research related to increasing wellness for young people and lastly, building authentic partnerships with organisations across sectors that share our commitment to empowering young people.

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cheering-clapping-smiley-emoticonWe believe empowering people to be kind is the key to building a more accepting and loving world. We understand that the challenges and opportunities we face are important and require collaboration from a diverse group of partners. We focus on supporting local and national organisations in their work to increase youth wellness and encourage young people to build a kinder and braver world.cities


In cities across the country, mayors are bringing together community leaders, activists, and young people to create positive change to establish cities of kindness.  small-heart In June 2016, Born This Way Foundation co-founder Lady Gaga joined philanthropist Phil Anschutz and His Holiness the Dalai Lama to challenge America’s cities to be kind.bravery


It takes bravery to love. It takes bravery to open yourself up and accept the people around you for exactly who they are. Fall of 2016,  small-heart Born This Way Foundation partnered with the Elton John AIDS Foundation to launch a Love Bravery fashion line with Macy’s to encourage men and women everywhere to live with compassion.kindmonsters


We’ve teamed up with Monster High to show that being a monster isn’t always a bad thing. In fact, being a monster can be awesome!  small-heart You can join the #KindMonsters movement and take the pledge to spread kindness and compassion every day.

To connect with the foundation about a partnership, please visit the Connect With Us page and send us a message.

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Hack Harassment

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As part of our goal to build a kinder, braver world, we want to ensure that our online communities are kind as well. We invite you to join us #HackHarassment and work to make the Internet a safer, more inclusive space!

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Our Pledge

a-penny-for-your-thoughts-smiley-emoticonOnline harassment has become a pervasive and often vicious problem with real-life repercussions. It has significant negative consequences for the wellbeing and safety of individuals and for the success of digital communities. Everyone – regardless of their identity, background, or beliefs – is entitled to an online world where they are treated with respect and are free from harassment.

In order to build a safer, smarter, and more inclusive experience online, I will recognize when harassment is occurring, responsibly speak up against it, and support those experiencing it by

get-help-nowAbiding by and upholding the same standards and values online that are expected offline and accepting that my online behaviour has real-life consequence

Valuing and supporting diverse perspectives, backgrounds, and opinion

Actively participating in the movement to decrease the prevalence and intensity of online harassment.pledge

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Sir Ian McKellen: ‘military roles are my revenge on the warmongers’

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“If that’s what masculinity is then I don’t want any part of it at all. I think gay men are more masculine than straight men. Because, guess what? They love other men!” ~ Ian McKellen

Sir Ian McKellen says some of his most famous roles have been inspired by wanting to get revenge on people who “start wars, perpetuate them and glory in them”.

ianpatrictThe actor, who is about to appear in the West End with Sir Patrick Stewart in Harold Pinter’s No Man’s Land, said he had “probably played even more military men” than his co-star.

He told ES Magazine: “Gandalf is a soldier, Magneto is a soldier, Richard III, Coriolanus, Macbeth. And I think the reason is because I want my revenge on them all.

“The people who start wars, perpetuate them and glory in them. ‘God save our gracious Queen, send her victorious?’ I’m sorry. What does that mean?

Sir Patrick became a supporter of the charity Combat Stress after appearing on family history show Who Do You Think You Are? and discovering that his Second World War veteran father — who he describes as an “angry, disappointed and at times violent man” — suffered from post- traumatic stress disorder.

smilie-chuckie-star-trek2He said the discovery helped make sense of a “chaotic” childhood, adding: “It released me from so much anger.”

The two men play a pair of writers whose late-night drinking session takes a sinister turn in No Man’s Land, which opens at Wyndham’s Theatre next month after a UK tour and a run in New York, and follows their success sharing a stage in Waiting For Godot.

The actors, who both grew up in the North, said they disagreed with the Brexit vote.

Sir Ian added: “Everything that’s good about being British is related to Europe.Sir Patrick is considering applying for US citizenship in order to have his say on its politics.

He said: “There are fundamental things still to be done for the equality of race in the United States. It is still essentially a racist country.”

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Cyberbullying: Our Children, Our Problem

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“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 BULLY Project!

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

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WE DID IT! ‘UPSTANDER’ IS NOW ADDED TO THE DICTIONARY

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!

HEAD BACK TO SCHOOL AS AN UPSTANDER

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.

INTRODUCING THE PHYSICIANS CAMPAIGN

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.
 

WATCH HIGH DIVE HEART: UPSTANDERS IN ACTION

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!
 

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PROMOTE UPSTANDERS IN YOUR SCHOOLS

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.
 
SPOTLIGHT: UPSTANDERS AT WELSH HILLS SCHOOL IN GRANVILLE, OHIO
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!
 

CONTRIBUTE TO THE ADOBE BULLY PROJECT MURAL

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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Inspiring Ways to Soothe a Wounded Spirit

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

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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.

FIND YOUR CENTER

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.

SEEK ALTERNATIVE METHODS SAFELY

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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.

GET OUT AND GET WALKING

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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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

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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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How did London tube riders react to a fake bully?

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Confidence is what happens when you’ve done the hard work that entitles you to succeed. ~ Pat Summit

Julius DeinJulius Dein, a 21-year-old London-based prankster recently uploaded a video he calls a social experiment, where he clapper-clapper-film-movie-smiley-emoticon-000232-largetests how people on the tube will react if they saw homophobic bullying occur in front of them.

In the experiment, Dein plays a homophobic character who harasses a gay couple, played by actors Adam Ward and Josh Green. Videographer Michael J. Needham captures the reactions as Dein makes comments like, “That’s disgusting, man,” “Are you actually for real?” and throws slurs at the gay couple.

chuckie-tomThe premise is similar to the episode of ABC’s What Would You Do? that centred about gay couples having public displays of affection.

The result is overwhelmingly hopeful, as different people tell off Dein and tell him to get off the subway and mind his own business. One man in particular threatens, “If you don’t get off the train, I’ll throw you off the train.” Another tells him, “That’s love, that’s love, that’s love. There’s love all over this place.”

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the-world-cup-smiley-trophy-animationThere is, however, one outlier who begins voicing similar sentiments–at one point even claiming, “They’ve got more rights than we have nowadays.” As the individual, whose face is blurred out, continues with his homophobic rant, Dein looks to the camera shocked that someone is agreeing with his character’s insults.

bobbyAt the end, Dein points to the camera and reveals that it was an experiment all along. As those who intervened sigh with relief, we’re also relieved that there are people out there who will stand up for victims of bullying and discrimination.

Article by Charline Jao ~ Wednesday, June 29, 2016

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Ready for a gay Miss America? Miss Missouri aims for title

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red rose love facebook chat code“Everything has its beauty but not everyone sees it.” ~ Confucius

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Making History ~ Prince William Meets Attitude

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Duke of Cambridge speaks out against homophobic bullying in UK’s leading gay title

Three-Kings-epiphany-3-kings-king-smiley-emoticon-000565-large (1)Prince William has become the first member of the royal family to appear on the cover of a gay magazine.

The heir to the throne features in the July issue of Attitude magazine, discussing the mental health implications of homophobic, bi-phobic and transphobic bullyings.

The cover of the magazine, which is available for download now, shows a smiling William, wearing a white open-necked shirt, with the caption: “Making History, Prince William meets Attitude.”

A number of previous cover stars, including Olympic diver Tom Daley and pop star Harry kings (1)Judd, of McFly, have appeared topless but the likes of comedian, writer and broadcaster, Stephen Fry and singer Gary Barlow – like William – appeared fully clothed.

The cover came about after the Duke of Cambridge invited Attitude to bring members of the LGBT+ community to Kensington Palace to hear their Untitled-3experiences of bullying and discuss the impact on their mental health implications.

William along with the Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry is leading the Heads Together campaign, which aims to end stigma around mental health.

He told Attitude: “No one should be bullied for their sexuality or any other reason and no one should have to put up with the kind of hate that these young people have endured in their lives. The young gay, lesbian and transgender individuals I met through Attitude are truly brave to speak out and to give hope to people who are going through terrible bullying right now. Their sense of strength and optimism should give us all encouragement to stand up to bullying wherever we see it.”

William urged anyone who is being bullied for their sexuality to contact someone who they trust, whether a friend, adult or teacher or someone from a service such as Childline or downloadDiana Award. “You should be proud of the person you are and you have nothing to be ashamed of,” he said

Research has found that 33.9% of young LGBT people had made at least one suicide attempt compared with 17.9% of young straight people, while 48.1% of trans young people had attempted suicide.

Attitude editor Matthew Todd said: “During my time as editor of Attitude I have met parents whose child has taken or lost their life after being bullied for being LGBT+ or just perceived to be LGBT. I am very happy that the future king of the United Kingdom agrees this must stop.”

imagesThe issue of Attitude magazine went to press on 8 June, just days before the killing of 49 LGBT+ people at a gay club in Orlando. On Tuesday, William and Kate signed a book of condolences at the US embassy for victims of the massacre.

The magazine said: “Such violence does not exist in a vacuum but snowballs from intolerance and bullying that begins in classrooms, too often comes from politicians or religious leaders and is often not treated with respect by the media.

Heads Together is a mental health campaign led by The Royal Foundation in partnership with YoungMinds and six other charities. The aim of the campaign is to challenge mental health stigma and change the national conversation on mental wellbeing.

Article by Haroon Siddique for The Guardian posted June 15, 2016

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Authorisation for Parliamentarians

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“Consideration for others is the basis of a good life, a good society.” ~ Confucius

d75d52b474686317ef75a21c4099e5dfOn June 8, 2016 I signed a document named (Authorisation for Parliamentarians~ this form authorises the Canada Revenue Agency to release confidential client information to a member of Parliament or a senator and their staff) to give Federal MP Mr Greg Fergus authorisation to look into my CRA account issues.

Below is one of the documents Mr Fergus received from the CRA, I will call here “Doc #1”, this letter, one of many he forwarded to me, was issued on October 5, 2010 canada (1)which seems to have made it to the mainstream, This document with out a doubt indicates I did not paid my Taxes from 2004 to 2009, and I have a current outstanding balance of $25,160.66. 

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This document can be viewed in it’s entirety at this link “Canada Revenue demand letter

As we move along I am going to prove and show you that not only is the above a derogatory Canadadocument,  which is also evidence of defamation of my personal & financial characters. I did in fact pay my fair share, a fact of life that I have been always aware of and is everybody’s responsibility.

Canada (1) Payments I made to my Canada Revenue Account for the years 2007 & 2008:

  1. Payment date ~ July 25, 2007 ~ Amount of payment ~ $500
  2. Payment date ~ Mar 12, 2008 ~ Amount of payment ~ $500
  3. Payment date ~June 6, 2007 ~ Amount of payment ~ $500
  4. Payment date ~Nov 21, 2007 ~ Amount of payment ~ $500
  5. Payment date ~ Aug 22, 2007 ~ Amount of payment ~ $500
  6. Payment date ~Dec 12, 2007 ~ Amount of payment ~ $500

Below I have also supplied six (6) images of the payments, the front and back of each cheque that cleared my account during 2007 and 2008, totalling $3000,  my only concern is that there has been thousand’s of dollars I paid to “The Receiver General for Canada” that is not reflected on my account and nobody cares to find out where it went or should I say who’s pocket?


Below are images of payments I made to my CRA account in 2007 and, 2008

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Let me finish with this, the document below is the current status of my CRA account, or should I say, what I believe to be the status of my CRA account.

In April 2016 I filed my 2015 income Tax return the result of which I received a refund of canada-maple-leaf-stylized1$1175.00, with a outstanding balance of $457.48.

The legal system is designed in such a way that it is not accessible to the less fortunate, this has to change if we are ever going to accomplish peace and understanding for all humanity, justice should be accessible to everyone because this is the soul purpose of why it is so important and their determination to prevent me from obtaining employment, “Lack of funds = no legal representation = no Justice”.

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The Means To No End

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Commissionaires, Trusted everyday, everywhere ~ Really

On June 7, 2016 I when on-line to the Commissionaires Ottawa website and registered for an account to electronically purchase my background check which is required and requested by the employer for employment purposes. The process requires paying the fee ($63.23) which can be done on-line after which the certificate is Untitled-1forwarded to your email which takes any where from 24 to 48 hours.

After clicking submit I instantly received a message, according to the email my identity could not be verified through normal channels, I must appear at a physical Commissionaires outlet office to surrender two pieces of Government picture ID to obtain the required background check. Considering the commissionaires office was five minutes away I proceeded to 721 St. Joseph BLVD to complete the process.

This process is intended for persons living and working in Canada, there are two types of record checks as follows:

  1. ECPIC is a name and date of birth check only.
  2. or an RCMP certified fingerprint based record check.  

The next day on  June 8, 2016 I received an email message from the Commissionaires office woman-cop2which included a certificate stating the record check was REJECTED and read as follows:

from: donotreply ecpicdonotreplyecpic@commissionaires-ottawa.on.ca
to: “terr.kinnn2@gmail.com” terr.kinnn2@gmail.com
date: Wed, Jun 8, 2016 at 3:13 PM
subject: CPIC
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Please find attached the completed police certificate.
If your certificates states “fingerprints required” please click the link below to locate the nearest Commissionaires Location where you can have your digital fingerprints completed.
https://www.commissionaires.ca/en/offices
Regards,
Commissionaires Ottawa ID Team
877 322 6777

So again I called their office to inquire, I told the agent Mr Jacques Sorel that I did not request or require a certified fingerprint based record check that in fact I had only requested and required the “ECPIC name and date of birth check ”  because I was going to be working from home, the last time I acquired the Background check was Nov 21, 2010 from the OPP at a cost of $25.00.

Fingerprintforcriminologystubs2I believe he was not as forthcoming, honest and open as he should have been, I asked why he was refusing to sell me one of their products, also that I had the right to purchase any product I choose, that it was unfair to demand my fingerprints and or suggest which products were available to me, he responded with your only option is to come back in the office and he would take my digital fingerprints which would cost another $85.00 and forward them to the RCMP to have the record check completed.

At this time I inquired about getting a refund for the $63.23, he stated I would not get a refund because it was the charge for performing the search regardless if I received the certificate or not, the cost is non-refundable.

The result of which I loose $63.23 and still without a background check, no available funds to purchase the certified fingerprint based record check even if I wanted it, resulting in the lost of another employment opportunity due to no fault of my own.

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Kinden v RBC Royal Bank of Canada ~ Published on Mar 4, 2015

After much debate I have decided to move ahead with this action because now it’s a matter of principal. They first took all my money, then fired me from my job in 2009, defamed my name so I could not obtain employment and when I did manage to secure employment I was harassed and Mobbed at every job. Now I must take all necessary action to prevent them from destroying the lives of others.

The only question remaining is “Will the rule of Law apply this time?”

Today June 10, 2016, the reality is there won’t an end to this madness if I don’t do anything, since December 2014 twice I have attempted to file this action in the federal courts but it was rejected and returned to me, it may never surrender results but I will never find out if I don’t file it in the federal courts.

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Ontario Taking Action to Protect Young Workers

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News Release May 27, 2016

“Our youth are our future, and as such, we must ensure that we do our utmost to protect them. We need to do what we can to make sure that young workers are treated fairly at work, and are able to come home safe and sound to their families after their shifts.”
 ~ Kevin Flynn, Minister of Labour

smileys-cz-199ce3229963df59c4d5e5a480ad6f02a3As young people across Ontario start looking for summer jobs, Ontario is launching several initiatives to protect young workers in seasonal, part-time or temporary employment.

Workers that are new to their job, including young workers, are three times more likely to be injured in the first month than at any time. They are also at greater risk of having their employment standards rights violated, such as those involving unpaid wages or hours of work.

The Ministry of Labour’s initiatives include:

  • Launching two province-wide inspection blitzes on health and safety and employment standards, focusing on protecting young workers throughout the summer
  • Promoting “It’s Your Job,” a province-wide online video contest encouraging youngfood-cashier-smiley-emoticon workers to speak out about their workplace rights
  • Supporting “Bring Safety Home,” a Workplace Safety & Prevention Services campaign targeting parents and other networks of young people
  • Supporting the creation of #safeforlife, a youth-driven digital media campaign by Parachute Canada

Protecting young workers is part of the government’s continued commitment to prevent workplace injuries and illness through its Safe At Work Ontario enforcement initiative.

QUICK FACTS

  • Every year, more than 6,000 young workers across Ontario are injured seriously enough to need time off work; that’s equivalent to nearly 17 Ontario youth a day.
  • There were 17 young worker fatalities (15 to 24 years old) from 2010 to 2015.791809283
  • Ontario is one of only a few places in the world to require occupational health and safety education in schools. It is part of the curriculum from kindergarten to Grade 12.
  • The Ministry of Labour has conducted a new and young worker health and safety blitz annually for the past eight years. This year’s blitz will be the ninth.

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8 TIMES SIR IAN MCKELLEN PROVED HE’S A TRUE GAY RIGHTS HERO

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A wizard. A mutant. A legend.

As Sir Ian McKellen’s turns 77 (May 25), what better way to celebrate than to sit back and reflect on the actor’s achievements within the gay rights movement.

Here’s a list of the top 8 times our hero championed our cause:

1) Coming Out

number1Every story has a beginning, and Sir Ian McKellan’s started in 1988 when he came out as gay on a live BBC radio interview. Section 28 of the Local Government Act 1988 (now defunct) had just been passed, prohibiting xmen-cast2 (1)local authorities from “promoting” homosexuality or gay “pretended family relationships.”

McKellen said this spurred his decision to bring his sexuality into the open, propelling him into a successful mainstream career.

“Everything in society was against people in my generation coming out because it was against the law to make love,” he said in an interview with Charlie Rose last year.

“So if every time you have sex you remind yourself you’re a criminal, that’s not something you really want to talk about unless you’re a really, really brave person, which I wasn’t.”

We beg to differ, old boy.

2) Gay Pride

ian1Fast-forward nearly 30 years and Sir Ian McKellen number 2has been at the forefront of gay rights activism, most recently leading Manchester’s 2015 Pride celebrations with thorough fanfare. Before this he’s attended (and lead) numerous pride events across the country, and is a patron for both London and Oxford Pride.

In a BBC interview he said: “Onlookers can be impressed by our confidence and determination to be ourselves and gay people, of whatever age, can be comforted by the occasion to take the first steps towards coming out and leaving the closet forever behind.”

3) The X-Men

number 3X-Men was a gay man’s delight, because it was full of the most amazing divas,” said McKellen in an interview withThe Guardian. The actor joined the X-men franchise in 2000 as metal-bending supervillain Magneto, and frequently drew connections between the movies and his gay rights activism in public.

The parallels were made clear in his interview with BuzzFeed: “Mutants are like gays. They are cast out by ian2society for no good reason.

“And as in all civil rights movements they have to decide if they are going to take the Xavier line, which is to assimilate and stand up for yourself but be proud of what you are and get on with everybody,”

“Or you take the alternative view, which is if necessary to use violence to stand up for your own rights.

“And that’s true – I’ve come across that division within the gay rights movement.”

He used the platform to congratulate co-star Ellen Page, who plays Kitty Pryde in the franchise, on coming out.

4) Bromance 

ian3On Celebrity Big Brother, James Hill and number 4Austin Armacost showed the world how straight and gay men can be best buddies. But for a crash course on bromancing we need look no further than Sirs Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart. The X-Men co-stars sent the internet wild these past few years, with adorable pics of them holidaying and just being generally silly. If there’s a positive message to come out of this, it’s that the power of friendship conquers all prejudice.

5) Stonewall

number 5Taking its name after the Stonewall riots in New York City, Stonewall has evolved into the UK’s  leading LGBT rights charity, lobbying for policy development since 1989.

smilie79Sir Ian McKellen became one of the founding members of the group after seeking to lobby against Section 28 of the Local Government Act.

Looking back on Stonewall, McKellen said: “Nothing in life is more important to me than helping young people realise that there are better days ahead of them.

“I’m proud that Stonewall – which I helped create to tackle legalised homophobia – is now leading the fight in those British schools where homophobic bullying ruins far too many young people’s lives.

“It’s a privilege to play a small part in bringing it to an end.”

The actor is still active within Stonewall, having surprised young activists by making an appearance at its Youth Awards this year... continue reading »»»»»»

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Researchers Analyze Effectiveness of Bullying Prevention Programs

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A group of Canadian researchers have set out to analyse the effectiveness of bullying prevention programs in schools, finding that they would ultimately only recommend one of the programs out of seven studied.

Canadian-flag-background-for-Canada-map (2)Researchers at Dalhousie University have analysed the effectiveness of bullying prevention programs with the aim of improving lives for Nova Scotia children, and saving money for the province’s school boards.

Mac-mac-apple-busy-smiley-emoticon-000712-facebook“We’re hoping to better inform educational institutions about effective bullying prevention initiatives so that adolescents are better equipped to deal with bullying and peer victimization,” says Dr. John LeBlanc, associate professor of pediatrics at Dalhousie Medical School and staff pediatrician at the IWK Health Centre.

The analysis, which has been delivered to school boards across the province and Canada in the form of a toolkit, can also be used to better streamline resources dedicated to school-based bullying prevention programs.

“Currently, schools implement bullying  smileys-applaus-485909 prevention strategies without clearly knowing whether or not they’ll provide good value for the precious human and financial resources devoted to them,” says Dr. LeBlanc. “Our analysis was done to help schools – and other organizations working with youth – evaluate these programs with respect to effectiveness, cost, and overall fit.”

The team reviewed seven popular bullying prevention programs; some are used in Nova Scotia schools, and others were identified through a search of scientific literature. Of the seven, only one – WITS – could be recommended.

playing-golf-smiley-emoticon“WITS stands for walk away, ignore, talk it out, and seek help,” explains Ashley Chisholm, master’s candidate in the Department of Community Health & Epidemiology. “We found that WITS delivers stronger effects than other programs at a lower cost, and shows long‐term benefits. The program also has components that promote healthy relationships.”

The other six programs were resource‐intensive, yet delivered little or no reduction in bullying perpetration or victimization.

“These programs require hundreds or thousands of dollars in up-front costs for materials and trainers, in addition to the time put in by teachers and students that could be spent on the curriculum,” says Tanya Bilsbury, master’s candidate at the School of Public Administration. “Yet, we found that the actual effects of evidence-based programs were often very small or even absent.”

tablet“Of course, there will always be a place for individual and group strategies for those who bully or who are bullied,” says Dr. LeBlanc. “These targeted strategies can build upon school-wide programs that focus on creating safe and respectful climates, and programs that help youth develop their social and emotional skills.”

“This toolkit is a very useful aid to schools and others seeking to prevent bullying and cyberbullying, and the many negative consequences of this bullying,” says Dr. Wayne MacKay, former chair of the Nova Scotia Task Force on Bullying and Cyberbullying. “It’s clearly based on a thorough analysis of the evidence.”

Article posted by Allison Gerrard  May 13, 2016 provide by Dalhousie University for medicalxpress.com

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The Bystander Revolution

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I believe that at the end of the century the use of words and general educated opinion will have altered so much that one will be able to speak of machines thinking without expecting to be contradicted. ~ Alan Turing

Bystander Revolution: Colum McCann | Band Together

Worried you’ll bring the bullying on yourself or make the situation worse if you step in? A solution from award-winning author Colum McCann.

Simple acts of kindness, courage, and inclusion anyone can use to take the power out of bullying.

smilie-sign23Bystander Revolution is a website offering practical, crowdsourced advice about simple things individuals can do to defuse bullying and help shift the culture. No matter who you are or what you’re facing, you can find personal stories, suggestions, and encouragement from someone who has dealt with a similar issue. Search by problem or solution to find tips from people who have been targets, people who have been bystanders, and even people who have bullied.

Try one of the ideas. Share one with a friend. You can be of real help right away. And if these ideas spread and become habits, it could change the dynamics forever.

Mission and History

hugBystander Revolution was founded by author and parent MacKenzie Bezos to create a source of direct, peer-to-peer advice about practical things individuals can do to help defuse bullying. The ultimate goal is the discussion and spread of simple habits of kindness, courage, and inclusion.

tabletThe site launched in April of 2014 with unscripted content from dozens of passionate students, leaders and celebrities— over 300 short videos for a wide variety of problems and situations, each with a focus on simple but powerful actions bystanders can take to help. In April of 2016, the site was updated to include a number of additional resources: written tips crowdsourced from contributors and partner organizations; discussion materials to facilitate the use of its videos in classrooms and clubs; and The Weekly Stand, an initiative to spread simple habits of action.

Special thanks to our Ambassadors for their work advising the organization and spreading the word about Bystander Revolution online, in the media, and in their communities. These include Ambassador and Strategic Advisor Monica Lewinsky, Ambassador and early contributor Lily Collins, and our Youth Ambassadors: Hannah Alper, Jillian Frantz, Bobby Frantz, Molly Hernandez, Shereen Pimentel, Kat Zouboulakis, Carleigh O’Connell, Liam Clive, Oliver Clive, Natalie Madrigal, Paris Kirk, Katherine Schug, Jiaqi Gao, Alisha Woods, Ashleigh Weldon, and Gurwinder Singh.

Advisors

  1. Dr. Dorothy Espelage ~ a Professor of Child Development in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
  2. Gavin de Becker is the nation’s best-known expert on the prediction and management of violence.
  3. doctor-with-stethoscope-smiley-emoticonDr. James McGee served as the Director of Psychology and Director of Law Enforcement and Forensic Services at Sheppard Pratt Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland until his retirement in 2001.
  4. Nicholas Carlisle is a human rights attorney, psychotherapist and the Executive Director of No Bully.
  5. Dr. Philip Zimbardo is Professor Emeritus of Psychology at Stanford University, and taught previously at Yale, NYU and Columbia.

To learn more and to continue reading  »»»»»»

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Bystander Revolution was founded by author and parent MacKenzie Bezos ~ The site launched in April of 2014

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🇨🇦International Day of Pink 2016

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These social diseases create barriers, bullying, harassment, hate and violence.

What is the Day of Pink?

pink_smiley_face_The Day of Pink is more than just a symbol of a shared belief in celebrating diversity, it’s also a commitment to being open minded, accepting differences and learning to respect each other, anyone can bully, anyone can be victimized by bullying, but together we can stop it.

dop_buttons_1024x1024April 13, 2016 marks the International Day of Pink. It is a day where communities across the country, and across the world, can unite in celebrating diversity and raising awareness to stop homophobia, transphobia, transmisogyny, and all forms of bullying.

The International Day of Pink was started in Nova Scotia when 2 straight high school students saw a gay student wearing a pink shirt being bullied. The 2 students intervened, but wanted to do more to prevent homophobic & transphobic bullying. They decided to purchase pink shirts, and a few days later got everyone at school to arrive pillowwearing pink, standing in solidarity. The result was that an entire school took a stand and began working together to prevent homophobic & transphobic bullyingEach year on the second Wednesday of April, millions of people wear pink and take a stand.

The Day of Pink is a symbol, a spark, that empowers and inspires youth across Canada to create amazing social change!

How can I get involved in the International Day of Pink?

  • Wear pink on April 13, 2016!
  • imagesConnect with your local politicians about becoming a Day of Pink Ambassador
  • Get Free Resources or Order Supplies
  • Find out more about activities you can do in your school, community, business or organization.
  • Learn about the causes of discrimination and what you can do to solve this problem.
  • Order T-shirts!!

Who are Day of Pink Ambassadors?

Day of Pink Ambassadors are politicians and community leaders from all over Canada who are rainbowwilling to stand up and speak out on behalf of the diversity of others. Check out our blog for posts of some of the DayofPink Ambassadors telling us what wearing pink to them means and why it matters to them. If you know a politician, Member of Parliament, Mayor, Town or City Councillor who is interested in becoming a DayofPink Ambassador encourage them to check this website out. Email us at Info@DayofPink.org

Why should you participate?

Have you ever seen a friend hurt because of discrimination? Have you been hurt yourself?

rainbowDiscrimination comes in many forms, including the following: racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, ableism, ageism, colonialism, and antisemitism. No one should have to experience the negativity created by discrimination.

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Cyndi Lauper: We Need to End LGBT Youth Homelessness

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“A feeling of deep pleasure or satisfaction derived from one’s own achievements, the achievements of one’s close associates, or from qualities or possessions that are widely admired.” ~ Pride

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The music and Broadway icon talks about #40toNoneDay and what it means for the cause she’s long championed.

cyndi2It’s an election year and there’s a lot of talk about what our nation’s priorities need to be for the next four to eight years. What we have to make sure is not forgotten is the clapperepidemic of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth homelessness. Up to 40 percent of homeless youth identify as LGBT, yet fewer than 7 percent of kids nationwide are LGBT. That discrepancy is outrageous, and it’s something we can’t ignore. That’s why, on April 27, 2016, we will raise our voices for #40toNoneDay: a national day organized by the True Colors Fund to raise public awareness about LGBT youth homelessness.

While family rejection is the most commonly cited reason for LGBT youth homelessness, it’s just one piece of the puzzle — a very big puzzle. We need to make sure we’re seeing the whole picture.

2d686d1cb28980968faaff983481b228People often think that because they don’t work at a homeless shelter, they don’t have a role to play. The reality is: everyone can make a difference! Think of it this way: Kids experiencing homelessness come into contact with more than just the good folks working at shelters. They also go to coffee shops and libraries. They ride the bus. They’re on the Internet. You may interact with them on a regular basis without even realizing it. We all need to put our heads together to make sure these young people can get support wherever they go — and be themselves when they get there.

sk8er-smiley-emoticonRight now people all across America are making a difference. A 24-hour diner owner in North Carolina is giving kids a place to stay when they have nowhere else to go. A library in Indiana is letting kids without a permanent address use computers to access lifesaving resources. In Minnesota police officers are using an app developed by the community to help kids find shelters with available beds. There are many more possibilities that have yet to be explored. That’s why we need to keep the conversation going.

Youth are our future, but they’re also our present. We need to make these kids our priority now. If we don’t, where will they be in five, 10, 20 years? Where will our country be? Even if shyly-smileywe all agree that ending LGBT youth homelessness needs to be a priority, how can we rise above the noise and make our message heard? Our voices are stronger when we say something together. Last year, #40toNoneDay reached more than 17 million people. How many more can we reach this year?

CYNDI LAUPER is a Tony-, Emmy-, and Grammy-winning writer, actor, and musician. She is also the cofounder of the True Colors Fund, which combats LGBT youth homelessness.

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It’s Always Good To Make Others Laugh

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“If we learn to open our hearts, anyone, including the people who drive us crazy, can be our teacher.” ~ Pema Chodron

I want to take you back to Jan 10, 1977, it was a simple time, I was still in High School half way through the 10 Grade. I remember to this day, one incident that occurred that left me totally confused and hurt but a chuckle for sure.

I’m not really sure what day of the week it was but what happened as the end result of what I thought was a good deed totally shocked me, It goes like this.

670px-Revive-Dry-Play-Doh-Step-1.jpgThere were 29 students in my class, a even mixture of boys and girls, the day in question , I came into the procession of some play-doh, green to be exact. I’m sure we all remember play-doh, the magical things you could create with it was endless.

We were going through a transition with a substitute Teacher Mr Drover, whom we nick named Mr Grover, as a fill in, what we were doing was not logo_phpBBreally related to the suggested learning schedule and I was sort of bored,  anyway I took a small piece of the play-doh and rolled it into a little ball, small enough to fit up my nose while no one was noticing.

I started by pulling it out of my nose in a long string and putting the other end, in my mouth, when a couple of classmates noticed and started laughing, I quickly hid the play-doh as the teacher was reading and looked up at us, after just giving us a look, he continued to read.

sleeping-in-classI did it a few more times, trying different things with the play-doh with the end result, laughter, until the teacher looked up and caught me. He told me to bring my desk to the front of the class and turn it around facing the class, what he assumed to be punishment, I thought to be an audience, I’m in my glory.

Well needless to say I had the whole room in laughter, until he turned again and caught me and said in a firm voice, go stand out side the classroom door until the bell rings, I obeyed. After the period ended he took me to the office to see the principle, Mr Penny I believe at the time, anyway because it wasn’t my first visit to his office, he simply told me to leave, I was now suspend indefinitely, in other words don’t come back.

a.baa-wivf-wiv-wpeoiv-wpvn-wpeiuvbNow I’m walking home fearing what my parents would say and think of me, trying to sneak in but as soon as I got in the door I encountered my mother, she was full of questions, asking what are you doing home and why are you crying, what happened?

I asked her why she lied to me, she asked, how did I lie to you? I said, you told me “it’s always Good to make others laugh” she said that’s not a lie, more people will like you. I said, then I don’t understand, I made everybody laugh but I got kicked out of school, never to go back, and that’s why I’m crying (because I liked school).

17yearsold2My parents did resolve the matter, and I returned to school that September in the fall to complete my grade 10 all over again, but not without my parents begging for my reinstatement to the School Board.

In the end, after realizing my mistake, she said, it is good to make others laugh and never stop doing that, just be more aware of where you are and your surrounding.

I was disciplined many times during my years in high school by the staff, and every time was because I made others smile and laugh! I still believe laughter is the best medicine, how ironic that laughter was a bad thing and didn’t catch on in the schools over the years but it’s opposite did “BULLYING” a very bad thing, and nobody cared to resolve that!

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It’s up to society now to put a stop to LGBTI bullying

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“Love does not discriminate, Neither should our laws” ~ Sir Ivan

Report is insightful but it sounds an alarm

socerAs a gay person, the feel-good halo effect of the positive outcome in the marriage referendum is wonderful and empowering. The knowledge that most of the electorate was on the side of LGBT equality became simultaneously a weight off our shoulders, and a comfort blanket.irish LGBT people speak of increased visibility around the country, of seeing more gay couples holding hands, of benefiting from the open conversations that were had at kitchen tables, of feeling bolstered by the solidarity straight people offered to their LGBT family members, friends, co-workers, team-mates, and people they didn’t even know.

be-happyThe march of social change can very often be staccato, two steps forward and one step back. This week, with the release of the LGBTIreland Report, a national study of the mental health and wellbeing of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people in Ireland, the halo effect was dimmed with the findings of how LGBTI youth suffer in our country. LGBTI young people have twice the level of self-harm, three times the level of attempted suicide, and four times the level of severe or extremely severe stress, anxiety and depression of a comparative group of young people.

There have been other reports over the years on the mental health of LGBT adults and young people, and they all make for tough reading, but in the context of such a huge step towards a more tolerant and accepting society, this one felt even more urgent.

We need reminding that opening the institution of marriage to same sex couples is just one aspect of creating a better society for LGBT people, that we’re still in the process of undoing centuries of discrimination.

What’s also important to remember is that LGBTI young people are not a homogeneous group. The experiences of young people across a spectrum of gender and sexuality can be very different. The services offered by one of the commissioners of the report, BeLonGTo, cover an equally complex group of people. Whereas many youth services can often be drawing from a fairly homogeneous demographic, be that geographical or socio-economic, an organisation such as BeLonGTo deals with a vast array of backgrounds, experiences, and a complex intersectionality that colours the lives of LGBTI young people.

bewellThe report found that 20 per cent of LGBTI students felt they belonged completely in their school. Half of LGBTI students personally experienced anti-LGBTI bullying. Some 67 per cent witnessed bullying of other LGBTI students in their school, something that reinforces an atmosphere of discrimination even if it isn’t directly experienced by a young person. One in four missed or skipped school to avoid negative treatment due to being LGBTI. One in four considered leaving school early, and approximately one in 20 quit school. The report also showed that there has not been a significant reduction in day-to-day victimisation and harassment of LGBTI people since the Supporting LGBT Lives study in 2009.

Three quarters of those surveyed have been verbally abused due to being LGBTI, 30% in the last year.

While the outcome of the marriage referendum was a good one, the homophobia and anti-gay equality sentiment that LGBT people had to deal with during this period – across media, social media, referendum literature, and on the doorsteps while canvassing – was extraordinarily testing.

We owe a great debt to LGBT people for having the collective resilience to pull through that period, but as much as the positive reinforcement LGBT people received during 2015 will live on, so will the negative impacts.

It is incredibly difficult for young people to have peers or family members collaborate in homophobia that is still part of slang, a default code of bullying, or a general intolerant social atmosphere.

boy-hatThe Department of Education’s anti-bullying procedures for primary and post-primary schools stated in 2013: “The inclusion of LGBT posters on notice boards, discussions with parents about specific statements of welcome and respect for LGBT members of the school, community, teaching the Social, Personal, Health Education (SPHE) resource, Growing Up LGBT and participating in LGBT awareness events are just some of the ways in which a school can address homophobic and transphobic bullying.”

Schools need to be strict on bullying across the board, as well as teaching resilience to young people, arming them with the tools they need and will need to combat discrimination now and later in life.

Groups that specifically work with LGBTI young people, such as BelongTo, need to be supported and funded appropriately to continue the great work they are doing. It’s work that doesn’t just help young people, or offer sanctuary, but it’s also work that saves lives.

ok2The LGBTIreland report is informative and insightful, but it sounds an alarm as well. If parents, families, schools, peer groups and communities don’t tackle homophobic and transphobic bullying, young LGBT people will continue to suffer, they will continue to self-harm, they will continue to contemplate or act on suicide, they will continue to have difficult childhoods and experience misery and exclusion.

It is our duty as a society that aspires to care for and protect all children, to stop young people being harassed for who they are.

Article by Una Mullally  ~ posted Thu, Mar 24, 2016

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The Italian pupils fighting bullies with music

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On the heels ofMabasta‘, there is now another anti-bullying campaign that has been organised by Italian school pupils. It’s called

‘SBAM! – Stop Bullying Adopt Music‘.

abamThe project aims to use a very powerful weapon against bullying, one that has great influence over people: music. mexican smileyThe idea is also from the Galilei-Costa school in Lecce, but this time it’s the third-year students that are responsible.

With guidance from their English teacher, they decided to tackle the problem from a different angle. Two objectives were identified by the young creators behind SBAM, whose slogan is:

“Hit bullying with the sound of music”.

emoticon gif animated smile images 117The first is to identify all songs that deal with topics or situations that may count as bullying actions or attitudes, or any sort of abuse between young people. And, since the majority of the songs are in English, the pupils have to translate them into Italian to understand them.

The second, far more ambitious, aim is to encourage and invite all musicians, especially those with young fan bases, to compose more songs with lyrics geared to stop the phenomenon, telling victims to speak out, telling bullies to stop and saying that ‘spectators’ should intervene.

All texts that the pupils translate, along with songs by Italian artists, will be published in a special section of the official ‘Mabasta’ website.

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Scotland is training a small army of LGBT-friendly police

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“I can do things you cannot, you can do things I cannot; together we can do great things.” ~ Mother Teresa

CRIMES against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people are under-reported and police hope the move makes it easier for them to come forward.

Mac-mac-apple-busy-smiley-emoticon-000712-facebookABOUT 60 police officers are being given special training to help crack down on hate crime against members of the LGBTI community .

The Equality Network charity has teamed up with Police Scotland to deliver a training programme for officers around the country.

policeIt is hoped they will go on to form a new network of liaison officers who can be contacted by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people who believe they have been a victim of a crime.

Experts hope the programme will increase public confidence in the police and encourage people to speak up about a form of crime which has typically been under-reported.

Scott Cuthbertson, of the Equality Network, said: “We know too many LGBTI people are the victims of hate crime , but we also know that many, for whatever reason, still do not report hate crimes. We want to change that.

587245,1310684605,1“That’s why we are pleased to be working so closely with Police Scotland, the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service and other criminal justice agencies to provide training on LGBTI issues and to work together to remove the barriers to reporting a hate crime.”

The officers will also be expected to advise their colleagues across the force on LGBTI issues.

Meanwhile, the Equality Network will also provide training for staff at the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service , and LGBT Youth Scotland will roll out an anti-bullying programme in schools.

The number of charges for sexual orientation aggravated crime has risen since hate crime legislation came into effect in Scotland in March 2010, to stand at 841 in 2014-15, the Equality Network said.

Police officers will be trained and will pass their knowledge on to other staff

While reporting of transphobic hate crime remains low at 21 charges that year, there is said to be evidence of significant under-reporting.

A recent report by the charity found almost half of LGBT respondents had experienced or witnessed an incident of prejudice or discrimination in the past month, rising to 79% within the past year and 97% within their lifetimes.

Superintendent Jim Baird said tackling hate crime is a priority for Police Scotland.

MCj04298110000[1]He said: “If anyone feels they have been the victim of, or witness to, a crime which is motivated by malice or ill will because of sexual orientation or gender identity they should report it to us directly, online or through a third party reporting site.”

Fergus McMillan, chief executive of LGBT Youth Scotland, added: “We are currently working with a range of partners, including Equality Network, to increase the reporting of homophobic, biphobic and transphobic hate crimes and incidents and improve the support available to those targeted.”

The initiatives are part of the national LGBT hate crime partnership, which brings together 35 organisations from across the UK.

Article posted ~ 14 Mar 2016 ~ b Hilary Duncanson for The Daily Record

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🇨🇦 Anti-Bullying Speech Moves Foothills Composite Students

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“The whole secret of a successful life is to find out what is one’s destiny to do, and then do it.”  ~ Henry Ford

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Tad Milmine and FHS counselor Kilbreath with Grade 10 students

Grade 10 students at Foothills Composite High School were boy-hatbrought to tears Tuesday after an emotional speech from the campaign Bullying Ends Here“.

The presentation focused on a teenager named Jamie Hubley that sadly, ended his life five years ago due to bullying, as well as founder Tad Milmine’s story of his life.

Milmine says his goal is to get students to reflect on their actions, and how they affect people.

“My goal is that everyone as an individual is going to look in the mirror

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and recognize that they have room for improvement and then challenge themselves that tomorrow they’re going to be better,” he says.

“As long as we keep waiting for other people to change, well that change isn’t going to happen as it starts with ourselves.”

Many of the students approached Milmine after his presentation to thank him for his powerful words, as well as share their stories.

“Just from standing here after this presentation in particular I helped more than one person,” he says. “Or at least I inspired and gave them a different perspective, or I gave them some positive outlook. I let them know and proved to them that no matter how dark your times may be today, you can still get through it and make all your dreams come true.”

at-school-smiley-emoticonStudents can also email Milmine after his presentation if they feel they need help, or for some encouraging words.

“For me that’s a test. They’re checking to see ‘Do I really respond? Am I really going to be there?’ And I am. So the emails just keep on coming. If I’m by them just one more day, you never know it could be the day that the light is there at the end of the tunnel for them.”

Click here for more information on Bullying Ends Here.

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Article by Laura Bates ~ Published Wednesday, 09 March 2016

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Workplace bullying focus of court case

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Mitchell addressed the issue of costs with criticism directed at lawyers and what he said has become a disturbing trend in the profession that leaves the courts accessible only to people who can AFFORD IT!  “This is a concern not just for the profession but for society as well,” he wrote.

(currently leads to corruption, didn’t I hear the above statement somewhere before) 

5459a4424897349b8adab05da9a1d428A family’s claim that workplace bullying led to Eric Donovan‘s fatal heart attack will proceed through the courts after a successful appeal of the case’s dismissal.

Donovan worked at Queen’s County Residential Services, which is an organization that helps people with intellectual disabilities.

In 2013 he suffered a work-related back injury and about a month later he had a heart attack, Donovan died fewer than two weeks later.

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Those allegations include that hostile and demeaning statements were made about his work performance, he was forced to work extra hours and he was forced to do unsafe workunif

Queens County Residential Services and Donovan’s supervisor, Nadine Hendriken, are named in the lawsuit that claims damages for losses the family suffered after Donovan‘s death.

The P.E.I. Court of Appeal heard the case after a lower court dismissed the claim saying it didn’t have jurisdiction over the matter.

In a unanimous decision, Justice John Mitchell disagreed judge-smiley-emoticonwith the lower court and overturned the dismissal along with an order for costs against the Donovan family.

Mitchell said lawyers should zero in on the issues on which a case will turn and not over prepare.

“One does not need to build a battleship to do the job of a dingy,” he wrote.

Mitchell also targeted the provincial government, saying it was making the problem worse by taxing legal services, adding fees for court services and increasing old fees.

12549judge_001The tax on legal services is not a tax on lawyers, Mitchell said, and noted $11,731 was paid in HST by one side in this case.

“Access to justice should be the right of every citizen and not turned into a profit centre by the government.”

Mitchell awarded more than $5,000 in costs. SMILEY20DELIVERY

Article by Ryan Ross ~ Published on February 02, 2016

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“Holding The Title of Advocate and Acting As Such”

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923004_10151331384711890_1479766938_nA topic that I have been wanting to voice my opinion on for some time now. The middle and upper classes of our LGBT+ college’s of the international community, you applaud same sex marriage as our last great battle, guess again, you are forgetting and insulting those who have been completely left behind and struggling to find acceptance, dignity and peace, particularly in the midst and rise of LGBT+ youth suicides and homelessness.be-happyThe LGBT+ community is not with out Greed & Hatred of their own peoples, yes we have with in our own ranks that very same disregard for human existence and the right to life but they claim to be advocate’s for the community! Well your lack of advocating and silence speaks otherwise as I believe it’s only a destination to gain respect from the community, and your silence is a design to protect and draw attention away from your own status.

I was told in a round about way many times by select prominent figures in the North American LGBT+ community to keep quiet zip  and go away, one comes to mind as recent as this morning, reminding me I’m doomed for failure. This really astonishes me to the core of understanding how one can be so self centred and look away from how LGBT+ youth are suffering, it’s inhumane to say the lest.

I can only speculate that the reasoning for this was and is to protect their own public standing from being jeopardized. If this is your choice, you should have remained in the closet, and leave us warrior’s to man the front lines. smileys-cz-7
 
Well let me make it clear once and for all, I am “NOT” going any where and I am going to continue advocating for these youth, our future generation of LGBT+ people’s will not endure what I have in my life time or not to the same extreme.
Yes I have had a hard life and my fight at first was for my own life and well being, the reason I decided years ago that it just wasn’t acceptable, and spoke up for my rights as a Canadian citizen and a human only to be tortured myself beyond belief.
 
As long as there is a breath in me, I just cannot and will not sit back and watch kids being tortured and sentenced to death only because of who they are, a visible minority.
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So to my advocate colleges, just go lay on your beach, enjoy yourself and your riches, the sun and all the respect and kindness you can handle, the dignity and fruits of life because I got this!
I will leave you with something to think about, A good Example to follow (UNFE)

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