MY PLEA: END THE BULLYING and the CYBERBULLYING

Dear Friends,

I am posting this now because it is already October 20th in some parts of the world. I am asking that everyone wear purple today to honor the young people here and all over the world who have literally been bullied to death by homophobes or from someone discriminating in general because they are somehow different. I saw this initiative on FaceBook and it grabbed my interest. Like many quiet artist types, I was bullied as a younger person and those memories still haunt me today. If only I had known then what I do now.

Most recently, my wife and I  have watched the news with heavy hearts here in the U.S. Several  suffering souls have taken their own lives and I don’t think I can bear to read about or see one more wasted life. We are all here for a reason. Whether you believe in God or Jahweh or the Flying Spaghetti Monster, some Creator placed you here with your own uniqueness for a reason. Cherish that you are different. We are all different.  If you’ve never seen the Frank Capra film “It’s a Wonderful Life,” take the time to watch it. We all affect each other’s lives in ways we don’t even realize. I’m fortunate to be enough of a public figure that people tell me on occasion if I’ve somehow inspired them or had some positive influence.

The problem is, younger people aren’t wired for big picture thinking and don’t know that there are days, months and decades ahead that will be filled with joy, love, life partners and maybe even children of their own if they wish –  beyond what they’re feeling and experiencing today. As some famous people–also bullied– said in October 19th’s USA TODAY newspaper, THINGS WILL GET BETTER. This is why I’m so proud of TV programming like MODERN FAMILY, which will do for gay families what Norman Lear shows did for civil rights and the women’s movement back in the ’70s. So, without further adieu, here’s my personal plea:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JApeCDgR7d4

Thank you for reading and watching, and please – if you see someone being bullied, reach out to them. Don’t let them feel all alone in this world.

Thanks,

Dave.

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4 Responses to “MY PLEA: END THE BULLYING and the CYBERBULLYING”

  1. [...] Dear Friends, I am posting this now because it is already October 20th in some parts of the world. I am asking that everyone wear purple today to honor the young people here and all over the world who have literally been bullied to death by homophobes or from someone discriminating in general because they are somehow different. I saw this initiative on FaceBook and it grabbed my interest. Like many quiet artist types, I was bullied as a younger p … Read More [...]

  2. Left on it’s own, things don’t necessarily “Get Better” for LGBT youth facing bullying. The point is to fight to Make it Better and Stop Homophobia.
    http://sherrytalksback.wordpress.com/2010/10/19/does-it-really-get-better-for-lgbt-people/

    • DaveandDeniseDorman Says:

      Sherry, I totally agree. And let’s also consider the wording “bully.” That reminds one of the kid sticking some girl’s pig tails in the ink well back in the 1940s. These people are terrorists and should be prosecuted as such. The “It Gets Better” campaign is one on YouTube kicked off by celebrities, so at least they’re raising their voices, even if it’s not perfectly phrased. We have a huge fight ahead of us.

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