Hate 2000 Newsletter May 17, 2006
This month's Newsletter is coming out on the International Day Against Homophobia. Being an activist takes courage. Making a difference is not for the faint of heart. Courageous youth are making a difference. They are taking positions on human rights issues that will make the world a much better place.
One of those courageous young people is Matthew Keys. April 26, 2006 a march to support safe schools for gay, lesbian, bisexual and
transgendered students was held in Sacramento, California. Matthew
photographed the event and created a short video of the Day of
Silence march. Matthew describes the video production as a one-man
project. His video is titled "Project Soundwave." Matthew says he chose the title Soundwave, because,'Soundwave' is a play on words, since the event
was called the 'Day of Silence', emphasizing on the lack of audible
words emitting from human beings on that day who stood up in support
of GLBT teens and safer schools.
Most of the video pans across still shots of the people in the march. Photos of pride flags, people, and couples appear in the video.
Closeups of people holding hands symbolize the unity of people
speaking out in an effort to make schools safer places. The video
ends with a shot of many different people posing for a photograph. In
the photograph is a large pride flag. At the front of the photograph,
people are holding a large banner that reads "Day of Silence."
The lyrics of one of the songs of the video is very appropriate. They match the theme of the Day of Silence. The songs bring the message that "only kindness matters" and that "we are all
We encourage people to watch the video and to email Matthew to let him know you watched his video. Matthew Keys' video is on the YouTube.com
web site. We hope this video be the kind of video people will watch
in twenty or thirty years to celebrate the fact that queer people
have gained complete equality and safety in society and in the
schools of our land.
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Eleven years ago this month, a young bisexual man took his life. The teenager took his life not long after he was assaulted, because he
was not straight. That teenager, was Bill Clayton. Bill's painting
"Hold Back the Dawn" reminds us of the cost of hatred and hate crimes. The world lost a talented young man, because of hate. We remember Bill's life and appreciate how Bill's story has touched people's lives.
Bill's mother, Gabi Clayton, maintains an excellent web site that tells Bill's story and
provides resources. Gabi Clayton started a blog. We encourage you to bookmark Gabi Clayton's web site and her blog. Should you lose a links to the web sites, there are links to the web site and the blog at the on the Stop Hate web resource page.
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A few new religious resources have been to our links page. We now have links to a Muslim Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, Muslim
Gay Men and Queer JiHad web sites. A link has been added for the
Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, a group that tries to reduce discrimination against Catholics. Those internet resources, along with numerous other web resources can be found on
the Stop Hate web
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A few of the news stories we have been following appear below:
In Cameron, the police arrested a number of men at a nightclub that is popular in gay and lesbian circles. Nine of the men arrested were acquitted on charges of homosexuality. The government is appealing the court decision. The PlanetOut
article about the trial states that In Cameron homosexuality is
punished by up to five years in prison.
People vacationing outside of their country need to carefully check on the laws regarding homosexuality and the attitudes toward homosexuality of the country they are visiting. In an editorial on the PlanetOut
system, Wayne Besen calls attention to the level of anti-gay
violence in some of the Caribbean countries.
Jen Christiansen, in a PlanetOut
article, says gay students are five times more apt to have skipped
school because they did not feel safe. The article points out that
harassment in schools has long-term impact on students. Christiansen
reports those students who were harassed are twice as likely to skip
college. This article should cause people to pause and reflect on the cost of homophobia and transphobia to society. Hate costs money! The world
pays the price for homophobia and transphobia. Canada and the United
States desperately need skilled laborers. At a time, when countries
must have a highly educated,technically skilled society to compete in
the world economy, very talented students are dropping out of school
or are not pursuing advanced education, because they experienced
hatred, abuse and harassment in school.
A December 2004 article in the Jewish
News of Greater Phoenix discusses hate crimes. According to the
article, the rate of religiously motivated hate crimes is not
increasing in the United States, but religious hate crimes are
"overwhelming directed against Jews and Jewish institutions."
The book, Pink Blood, was briefly mentioned in other newsletters. We are mentioning it again in this newsletter, because the book is a must read for people interested in homophobia-based hate crimes.
Information about the book can be found on the Pinkblood
web site. The book can
be purchased at www.amazon.ca
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