The new cause celeb in the states, but this one works for me. Check out The Trevor Project website. It’s about anti bullying and anti gay bashing. There is a nice line in one of the vids about being proactive and going and talking to a teenager you think might be having a hard time. Nice thought, and now my thought: Show these kids that you can have a normal ordinary and fulfilled life as a grown up gay person! You don’t have to be troubled and miserable all your life, gay people are just as successful and fabulous as the rest of the population. Be out, and happy with it and happy with who you are and show by good example that life is for living.
The video here is Tim Gunn of Project Runway fame (oh how I love Project Runway) – talking about his experiences with bullying and suicide. It is moving and very real.
Kathi Griffin says somewhere in the video below, that people don’t remember the Matthew Shepard story any more and I think she is right, and yet at the time of this incident people were so shocked and outraged. The video below is from the Larry King show and while I’m not usually a fan it is worth investing 10 minutes to watch this one,the whole video isn’t here but you will get the drift and I guess if you want the rest you will find it on YouTube for yourselves.
Every now and then a organisation that you don’t admire or respect, and whose product you detest, does something cool. McDonald’s has done something of that kind in France. France the home of fine cuisine, even that word is French for goodness sake is promoting their product with a gay friendly advert. Is this the beginning of gay going mainstream? Well maybe a tiny first step.
This is how the ad is described on the GayNZ site:
“With the tagline “Come As You Are”, the ad shows a high school student sitting in a McDonald’s booth gazing at his boyfriend in his class picture, then calling him to tell him he misses him.
The teenager’s father then returns with a tray of food and says “Is this your class picture? You look just like me at your age. Let me tell you I was quite the ladies’ man! Too bad your class is all boys … you could get all the girls.”
The high school student responds with an ironic grin.
It finishes with the slogan “venez come vous etes,” meaning “come as you are.”
It is interesting that finally the whole area of being gay is becoming something that people don’t shy away from, that people are actually prepared to discuss and have attention drawn to. One day, who knows the whole slang thing of using the word “gay” as in “That is so gay” will die a death that will fill me with joy. As I say to the boys I work with every day, “so gay means stupid?” causing them to backtrack when they realise they might have offended me.