12/10/2010



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11/365 - “Other People” - Nine youth committed suicide this past September after being bullied for being, or being perceived as being, gay. Here are some other shocking numbers: 9 out of 10 LGBT students have experienced harassment at school. More than 1/3 of LGBT kids have attempted to commit suicide. LGBT youth with “highly rejecting” families are 8 times more likely to attempt suicide than those whose families accept them. Today, October 11th, was National Coming Out Day. By showing support on this special day, we are helping to create a world where everyone can live openly, honestly, and without fear of discrimination or harassment…no matter how small the step may be. So, as a tribute to today and to the recent tragedies in the LGBT community, I asked my writer/director friend Matthew Barbot to write a “poem about equality”. Matthew, a straight male, born and raised in NYC, has friends, just as I do, that are affected by the injustice and inequality happening right now in our country. The poem below is the original. So, why is showing your support important? Well, here is a great way to sum it up: Each action you take serves as a reminder to LGBT people of all ages and degrees of self-acceptance that [they] are surrounded by support, and helps to change hearts and minds in the broader community.” Show your support by spreading love to those that feel there is none. 


I dedicate this song to Seth Walsh, Raymond Chase, 
Justin Aaberg, Billy Lucas, Asher Brown, Tyler Clementi, and all those in the LGBT community that have ever been affected by cruelty or harassment. You are a human being and you do not deserve that. You are not alone and it gets better.

 

Other People
"He was great," she told reporters,
"I wish I could have helped in some small way."
She used to pass him in the hall
Without a shred of all this sympathy.
The prom king said he was surprised
As if he’d known the guy himself.
Now he champions this latest cause
With friends who put the kid through hell.

Aren’t other people awful?
If only someone had done something.
Aren’t other people awful?
But it’s easier to do nothing.

Today the student body grieves
The same that spurned and kicked and spit.
They mourn a candle that they’ve snuffed out
But never fought to keep it lit.
They deny they’ve made this martyr, 
It was his own blood he spilled,
But they pretend they loved him all along
To assuage their killer’s guilt.

'Cause aren't other people awful?
If only someone had done something.
Aren’t other people awful?
But it’s easier to do nothing.
 

t takes one look, it takes one hand
It takes one daring final stand
We can smash walls with just a touch
When brittle words are not enough
Hold firm until the light of day
Or else we’ll keep on sadly saying

Aren’t other people awful
If only someone had done something
Aren’t other people awful
If only someone had done something…
 

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