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A Girl’s Life

Posted in Human issues stories, inspirations on March 15, 2008 by boychick1

A Girl’s Life …a very inspiring video. Click HERE to watch the short film online. When I get caught up in some drama of feeling sorry for myself — I think about stories like this one. How could I tell a girl in Nepal that I have a hard time (or difficult life).

“Once upon a time there was a girl whose name was Sabina Timilsina…”

So begins “A Girl’s Life” in the sing-song broken English of a 9-year-old who lives in a village outside Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal. It’s the voice of a girl narrating her own life. A girl with a mother, a father and a brother. A girl who rises at dawn, brushes her teeth, and goes to school. A girl who likes to play volleyball and badminton, but most of all loves to read.


Notable Human Beings.

Posted in Human issues stories, Music, Natalie Merchant on February 24, 2008 by boychick1

Such a talent and inspiration, Natalie Merchant!

Some Kill Themselves, Some Just Kill Parts Of Themselves

Posted in Human issues stories, Queer Issues on February 19, 2008 by boychick1

In London Belinda Allen tied a scarf around her neck and hung herself from a tree. She killed herself because she was being teased and bullied. Classmates called her a “dyke” and teased her about her clothes.

A 10 year old child, this one identifying as transgendered, kills himself.

A 14 year old boy picks up a gun, goes to school and shoots his 15 year old classmate in the back of the head twice for identifying as gay. Two lives destroyed in a few seconds.

Children are not born learning to hate, not themselves or others. We teach children to hate because we are full of hatred ourselves.

Some of us just kill parts of ourselves – we hide in the closet, or become estranged from our families. The same homophobia is more subtle, but just as insidious as we deny and kill parts of ourselves, our relationships. Maybe we just drink a little too much, or start smoking to relieve our stress, or eat just a little more then we need.

Intolerance kills.

The security we think we receive by labeling others as different from “us” creates a “them”. And it creates chaos, violence, hatred, separation, death. The death of others, the death of ourselves. We are instead insecure.

White, black, male, female, queer, straight, Muslim, Jew…

We are human, human, human, human. We are the same, not different.

We all live, we all laugh, we all love — especially in a world that is free from bigotry, hatred, intolerance and the insecurity caused by labeling others as different from ourselves.

How can we end this madness?

We can start early teaching that gender expression is o.k. We can encourage children to express their emotions and cry (even little boys). We can watch our language by not using expressions like “boys don’t cry” or “girls aren’t pushy”. (or by the way not referring to people as “100- yarders” or “bull dykes” or “baby dykes” or “lipstick lesbians” or “Queens” or “twinks”…sound familiar? What color is that pot?) One can offer children a variety of toys – so what if a little girl wants a dump truck or a boy wants a doll?

Ritch C. Savin-Williams, author of the Gay Teenager says “Allow kids to be open and positive about peoples’ differences. Even if you aren’t tolerant of gay or transgendered people, your children live in a world that’s very different than it was even 20 years ago. Teach your child about the world that will come, not the one you were raised in.”

Unfortunately for Belinda, or Lawrence, or ________________ that world did not come soon enough.

But you are here, you are here, YOU are here. You can pick up the fractured and scattered pieces of yourself and you can live, and you can live to create a better world.


More On Oxnard Shooting.

Posted in Human issues stories, Queer Issues on February 16, 2008 by boychick1

More information from the L.A. Times.

I am still wearing a heavy cloak of sadness surrounding this incident and the hateful things I read on the “Godlike” message board remain in my consciousness – I found this video on You Tube.

Let us never forget — let each person do something to make sure it never happens again.

Today I wrote a check, tomorrow I’ll do something else.

On Peace

Posted in Human issues stories on February 6, 2008 by boychick1


I’ll see you in the return line…

Posted in Human issues stories on December 27, 2007 by boychick1

I’ll see you in the return line. Of course the Walmartization of America has profound consequences for the world and for humanity.

This is a FANTASTIC video that anyone can understand – from child to adult. A great project. Go watch…