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5
Dec

love to you, Jonah Mowry

When I have a moment to check in to Facebook (which is not too often lately), it’s usually a treat because I stumble across things in the news that move or anger me, but are always educational.

I stumbled upon this video and I am so glad I did.  It is moving and lovely and hopeful…well, you will have to see it to appreciate what I’m attempting to say here.

The young person in the video is 13-year-old Jonah Mowry. He’s pretty special, as you’ll see.

Sadly, this is an all too typical story.  Every day kids and teens are bullied for being different enough to stand out.  Jonah’s bullied for most of his young life.

What’s wonderful, though, is we get to see his raw and emotional transformation into person-hood.  He realizes that before the tyrants who bully him will stop, Jonah has to first accept himself for who he is.

Bullying in the schools should not be a rite of passage for kids to endure and suffer through.   Young kids, or teens like Jonah need to be allowed to grow naturally into incredible young people.  They have a lot to deal with in the coming out process.  Young men and women like Jonah who must come to grips with who they are, have a tough enough time, the schools shouldn’t be where humiliation and torture are condoned.

After posting this video to his friends, the video went viral and everyone fell in love with him, myself included.  You will love him too, I’m sure.

Bravo to Jonah for his courage, grit, and ability to stand up for himself – refusing to allow the coward bullies to hurt him anymore.   The wonderful outcome of his video is the fact he has undoubtedly given hope to many, many young people like Jonah who are facing what it means to come out.

We can only hope that every young person with the courage to come out will do so with the incredible grace of Jonah Mowry.

The text below is what Jonah left on his YouTube page.

UPDATE, PLEASE READ
To all my friends and supporters,
I made this video 4 months ago just before school was about to start. I was 13. It was a very emotionally dark time in my life. I made the video at 4:00am in the morning; I hadn’t been sleeping at night for a long time, too many things going on in my head. I was dreading going back to school and I had not come out to my family yet. Only my closest friends knew. I didn’t know how to say what I needed to say. All I could think about were all the bad things that had been happening at school last year, every year for that matter. I just couldn’t bare to go through that anymore. I was done being fake happy, pretending hateful words didn’t hurt, done hiding it from my family.
So this video was made for my friends that had moved on to High School who were worried for me, to say to them that I was going to take a stand, and to the haters at my middle school that I’m not going anywhere. I am who I am. I posted the video here and told people were to find it. That was it.
My friends were moved by the video and thought I did something important. I was encouraged to upload it to my Facebook page so more people could see it. Maybe it could help someone else going through the same thing. So I linked it Dec. 1st. My Parents saw it for the first time Dec, 2nd.
Then….. all this happened.
I never expected in a million years that it would have such a wonderful impact on so many people. I am truly humbled and truly thankful for all the love, encouragement and support from people all over the world. It’s been incredibly overwhelming. I don’t know what to say. Thank you so, so much!
Lastly, yes you have seen me happy in a couple short videos replies I posted; I would think that would be a good thing, and yes I do have friends, my High School friends, and I have made friends because when I came out they realized that they had hurt me and that they fealt sorry. The video is real, and true.
In the last few months everything eventually came out in the open, I felt a huge weight off my shoulders; I’m happy, I’m excepted for who I am, I’m more confident and feel stronger every day.
Thank you all, Love and peace to all who are hurting.
Jonah Mowry

Let’s encourage children to spread love, not hate.  Speak peace, kindness, appreciation for all our differences so kids and teens understand that being gay is not a curse.  Rather it’s a journey – a long one perhaps, but a good one, too.

What a remarkable young man Jonah Mowry is.  And, what a wonderful outcome, not only for him, but for the countless kids who are feeling the same way.

28
Nov

HOPE for a BETTER WORLD

This is a short, but powerful, video featuring one of the most famous speeches by Harvey Milk, given in 1978.

Listen to Harvey Milk.  Listen to his message of  hope, peace, equality and justice for all.

We are all one people in this wide world.  Let us stop bullying each other.

Our classrooms are filled with children who, because of ignorance on the part of their parents, condone Gay hatred and thus we have young people committing suicide.  Young people who were born Homosexual but are too young to understand what it means to be Gay.  They are too young to know that being Gay is RIGHT for them.  Children who are too young to appreciate that no one should care about an individuals sexuality because it belongs to the individual.

There is no right or wrong in being Gay or Straight.  One is not better or worse than the other.  Believe this.  Live this for the sake of our children.  For the sake of children who will grow up to be lovely human beings, not necessarily because of their homosexuality, but because they will have grown up with a sensitivity that will become a lovely sensibility.

Believe this.  Stop the hatred.  Stop the bullying.  Condone kindness, empathy, and appreciate the different colors and the different sexuality that others own.

Live your own life without fear or judgment.

Just.  Live.

Say no to fear.

Somewhere in Des Moines or San Antonio there is a young gay person who all the sudden realizes that he or she is gay; knows that if their parents find out they will be tossed out of the house, their classmates will taunt the child, and the Anita Bryant’s and John Briggs’ are doing their part on TV. And that child has several options: staying in the closet, and suicide. And then one day that child might open the paper that says “Homosexual elected in San Francisco” and there are two new options: the option is to go to California, or stay in San Antonio and fight. Two days after I was elected I got a phone call and the voice was quite young. It was from Altoona, Pennsylvania. And the person said “Thanks”. And you’ve got to elect gay people, so that thousand upon thousands like that child know that there is hope for a better world; there is hope for a better tomorrow. Without hope, not only gays, but those who are blacks, the Asians, the disabled, the seniors, the us’s: without hope the us’s give up. I know that you can’t live on hope alone, but without it, life is not worth living. And you, and you, and you, and you have got to give them hope. -Harvey Milk, 1978

19
Feb

it’s not only about Uganda, it’s about how far it can go. An important article written by Kathleen Parker, The Washington Post, Thursday, February 18, 2010

Who will stand against Uganda’s brutal anti-gay law?

map of Uganda courtesy of Lonely Planet.com

Thankfully, Kathleen Parker has written a piece discussing the atrocities occurring in Uganda.  It’s a good piece, and provides links and references to other aspects of this story.  I would encourage you to read it.

I have been hearing about these atrocities in Uganda for a few months now, not in the main stream press so much, but NPR has had a few stories, and now Rachel Maddow, the Goddess that she is, has pointed to this article in today’s Washington Post.

The scary thing about this is there is some evidence that some folks in the American government, or in lofty positions in politics, are well aware of the hate and the murder of anyone purported to be gay in Uganda.

This is a must read.  But, what can we do about this when there are so many problems in the world – Haiti chief among them?   What can we do?  Knowledge is key, I think.  With knowledge of this we can talk about it and air the dirty complicity of some in the American government and others like Rick Warren who not only turned a blind eye to it, is said to have championed the cause.  Warren denies any involvement.

Now, what is so frightening about the killing of homosexuals is the fact that it is a LAW.

According to Kathleen Parker, we (U.S.) have done our part to fan flames to “help stop the homosexualization of the country” (Parker, WP, 2010).

Gays in Uganda already face imprisonment for up to 14 years. Under a bill proposed last October by David Bahati, the government could execute HIV-positive men and jail people who don’t report homosexual activities.

You know what?  If the religious fanatic right can do this in Uganda, what part of the world will they influence next?  How long before this  spreads to all parts of the world?

I think we need to pay close attention to Uganda.

Wouldn’t you agree?

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