Video response to the Illinois Family Institute Dare to Stand video, Part Two

Part. Two.On the Illinois Family Institute website, a revised video opposing the Day of Silence is posted. Also posted on a new website, called Dare to Stand, it is hosted on YouTube and embedded below. The IFI folks have disabled ratings, comments and vocal responses for the video so I thought I would post another video response (Wanda's Song by The Reddings) to the Dare to Stand video here (see yesterday's post).Everytime I watch that, I am speechless. … [Read more...]

Video response to the Illinois Family Institute Dare to Stand video

On the Illinois Family Institute website, a revised video opposing the Day of Silence is posted. Also posted on a new website, called Dare to Stand, it is hosted on YouTube and embedded below. The IFI folks have disabled ratings, comments and vocal responses for the video so I thought I would post my video response (Hero by Superchick) to the Dare to Stand video here.And now the IFI video.Instead of "Dare to Walkout," how about Dare to be a Hero?I will … [Read more...]

Hate 2 hope: The story of Tim Zaal and Matthew Boger

Although this story is old news, I thought it appropriate to share here in light of recent posts on bullying, the Day of Silence and the Golden Rule Pledge.Watch this You Tube video which is a clip from a 2006 episode of 20/20 with John Stossel. More explanation follows:Zaal and Boger appeared on NPR last November and continue to share their story at the Museum of Tolerance. I encourage you to read the entire piece but here are some highlights:For nearly three … [Read more...]

Kids suicide; parents point to bullying as the reason

It is difficult to pinpoint all the reasons why a child might commit suicide but the parents of two young men are pretty clear on at least one factor - bullying.Carl Hoover-Walker was buried yesterday in Springfield, MA. Hoover-Walker was taunted with gay overtones, even though he did not identify as such. His mother said she alerted the school about the ongoing harassment but with no discernable difference. The 11 year old hung himself April 6th.Just days before in Mentor, Ohio, the … [Read more...]

National Day of Avoidance

The Day of Silence is coming -- April 17 to be exact -- and some conservative groups are already calling for students to walkout of school on that day.TINLEY PARK, Ill., Mar. 3 /Christian Newswire/ -- A national coalition of pro-family organizations is urging parents to call their children out of school on April 17. This is the day designated for this year's Day of Silence when students and/or teachers will purposely remain silent during instructional time to protest so-called discrimination … [Read more...]

Bullying and the scars

My webmaster, Paul, passed along a link to a poignant story of a dad about his adopted Korean daughter. She was a victim of bullying and has some scars to show for it.Here is the beginning...Bullying defies stereotypes. Bullies come in all shapes and sizes, from good homes and broken homes, and can be rich or poor. Bullying is not just a metropolitan phenomenon. Bullying can occur in even the smallest rural town. And those who have been bullied struggle with a sense of identity. I … [Read more...]

Exodus International to take over Day of Truth

Exodus International will take over the "Day of Truth" in 2009. This news release was jointly provided by Alliance Defense Fund and Exodus.Day of Truth to be spearheaded by Exodus InternationalThe Alliance Defense Fund is transitioning its leadership of the Day of Truth initiative to Exodus International.Day of Truth was launched four years ago in response to GLSEN's (Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network) "Day of Silence" national initiative. "Day of Silence," established … [Read more...]

Year in review: Top ten stories of 2008

As in year's past, I have enjoyed reviewing the posts from the year and coming up with the top ten stories.1. Cancelation of the American Psychiatric Association symposium - Amidst threat of protests, the APA pressed to halt a scheduled symposium dedicated to sexual identity therapy and religious affiliation. Whipped up by a factually inaccurate article in the Gay City News, gay activists persuaded the APA leadership to pressure symposium organizers to pull the program. Gay City News later … [Read more...]


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