Archive for Gay

My First Friends Wearing Purple Today: Rhea Cutler and Gregory Canales

Posted in BULLYING, DAVE DORMAN NEWS, Social Commentary with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 20, 2010 by DaveandDeniseDorman

Dear Friends,

I want you see my friends who are wearing purple today, that started (for me, anyhow) as a FaceBook initiative honoring those young adults whose lives have been lost from bullying, especially gay, lesbian and transgender friends. Here’s me wearing my purple shirt:

I have asked my friends and fans to join me today in wearing purple. These are my friends Rhea Cutler and Gregory Canales, who sent me their images. Rhea Cutler and Gregory Canales, you are the best. Watch today for more of my friends to post their pictures in purple on my blog.


Dave Dorman Fan Rhea Cutler in Puple

Rhea Culer in Purple 10-20-2010




Dave Dorman's Friend George Canales Wearing Purple

Gregory Canales Wearing Purple on 10-20-10



Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on October 20, 2010 by DaveandDeniseDorman

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:

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.