So, share a memory with us, tumblr! When, in your childhood, would your parents have been most able to get the death penalty for your?
A 14 year old (well, her father) posted a video appeal to Maryland legislators today, asking them not to legalize same sex marriage. I will not post the video, they don’t need any more hits, but I will respond, point by point. It borders on tragic - that parents are so willing to teach hate and intolerance to their children AND that their children lack the intellect to investigate and formulate their own opinions.
On with things…
Today is my 14th birthday and it would be the best birthday present ever if you would vote NO on gay marriage.
Really? The best birthday present in the world?
I really feel bad for the kids who have two parents of the same gender.
It’s bad for them you say? Why, explain to us what’s bad about it. You’re 14 years old, clearly you must have earned your degree in marriage and family therapy or psychology by now, yes? Please inform all of us what it is that makes you “feel” that it’s “bad”. (Because your parents or the bible said so don’t count as answers. Sorry.)
Even though some kids think it’s fine, they have no idea what kind of wonderful experiences they miss out on.
What wonderful experiences would they miss out on? Perhaps YOU have no idea what wonderful experiences you’re missing out on by having two married parents of the opposite sex. Did your father ever let you consider that? And how do you know so much about the experiences other people aren’t having?
I don’t want more kids to get confused about what’s right and okay.
Please, Miss Moral Authority, tell us what is “right” and “okay” and also, please provide the rubric you used to determine the statuses.
I really don’t want to grow up in a world where marriage isn’t such a special thing anymore.
I’m anxiously awaiting your videos to Britney Spears, Kim Kardashian and Newt Gingrich - surely their drive thru, 72 day, and multiple unfaithful marriages are making marriage “less special”. Let us know when you get those videos posted. Also, in the meantime, let us know what magical type things you think happen when people get married. Do they involve unicorns? Leprachauns? Fortresses? DO TELL!
It’s rather scary to think that when I grow up the legislature or the court can change the definition of any word they want.
Oh my gosh! The big ol nasty legislature is no considering itself a modern day merriam webster! NO. You know what’s really scary - to think about a world governed by the hatred and intolerance you and your family exhibit.
FYI, sweetie, wikipedia defines marriage as such ” is a social union or legal contract between people that creates kinship. The definition of marriage varies according to different cultures, but is usually an institution in which interpersonal relationships, usually intimate and sexual, are acknowledged.” Don’t worry. No definitions are going to be changed. You won’t have to live in terror.
If they could change the definition of marriage then they could change the definition of any word.
Will cats become dogs? And dogs shoes? And shoes elves? What will poop become?(Probably your shitty video.)
People have the choice to be gay, but I don’t want to be affected by their choice.
Um. No. Do you even go to school? 100 times no. I’m sorry your father told you that and I’m even more sorry that at 14 years old you haven’t developed the intellectual curiosities necessary to verify what your father tells you, but they don’t choose it. Oh, and P.S. - You aren’t affected by anyone else’s sexual orientation. It’s absolutely terrifying to think that at 14 years old, you think someone else’s sexual orientation affects your life.
People say that they were born that way, but I’ve met really nice adults who did change.
You’ve met really nice adults who were shamed and abused into taking on a persona as to not feel ostracized. Fixed that for you.
So please vote no on gay marriage. Thank you.
Please stop being too old to be such a dumb shit. Thank you.
Hey all - I fell behind in my 30 days of giving due to end of the semester nonsense (test, project, etc.). But I’m here to make up for lost time. For the last few days I’ve missed I’m going to give you a few worthy organizations built on a theme. Word?
Without further ado…
DAY 20 - In honor of #10forTebow here are some women’s health organizations that could use some holiday love from you…
Sister Song - from the website - “amplify and strengthen the collective voices of Indigenous women and women of color to ensure reproductive justice through securing human rights.” You can…Donate, Sign up for the e-newsletter.
DAY 21 - Paying homage to my arts education roots…consider helping a child immerse him or her self in the arts…
Princess Grace Foundation - identifies and assists (via fellowships, scholarships and apprenticeships) new talent in theater, dance and film. You can…donate, or support the organization through various online shops (see website).
DAY 22 - Access to healthy food…
Community Food Security Coalition - this national coalition advocates for healthy, local food, creates networks to inform people about access to healthy food and making healthy choices and sponsors a farm to cafeteria program, among other things. You can…Donate. Join the mailing list.
Share our Strength - Their goal is to end childhood hunger in America by 2015. How you can help - Donate. Participate in events. Volunteer. Become a sponsor. Get your organization involved. All info here.
DAY 23 - Bereavement. I know this is morbid. I just watched several movies in a row about parents losing children. Heartbreaking. They need our/your help as much as anyone, especially around holidays.
The Compassionate Friends - from the website: “assist families toward the positive resolution of grief following the death of a child of any age and to provide information to help others be supportive.” You can…Donate (in a variety of ways, check the link); Support those who may need it; Start a chapter.
DAY 24 - At risk children.
Casey Family Program - from the website: “we are committed to our 2020 Strategy for America’s Children – a goal to safely reduce the number of children in foster care and improve the lives of those who remain in care.” You can…Donate, advocate, provide care, volunteer.
Youth Law Center - from the website: “a public interest law firm that works to protect children in the nation’s foster care and juvenile justice systems from abuse and neglect, and to ensure that they receive the necessary support and services to become healthy and productive adults.” You can…Donate.
Sorry, frans. I didn’t get to doing my 30 Days of Giving post yesterday, so there will be two today.
Please excuse the late/double post.
For yesterday, please check out Communities in Schools.
Who they are - A nationwide network of professionals who work in public schools to build communities of support for students with the objective of empowering them to stay in school and work towards achieving their goals.
What they do - From the website: “works within the public school system, determining student needs and establishing relationships with local businesses, social service agencies, health care providers, and parent and volunteer organizations to provide needed resources. “
Why it’s important - As it is, many children and students have the odds stacked against them for socioeconomic or geographic (or both) reasons. To top it off, plenty of crazies seem to be coming out of the woodwork suggesting that these students deserve this, or aren’t that bad off and don’t need any special attention or help. (In one extreme case, a certain GOP candidate for US president suggested that students, like those helped by Communities in Schools, should essentially be made indentured servants at their schools.) These kids need our/your help!
30 Days of Giving - First seven days recap
On the Friday following Thanksgiving I started a 30 Days of Giving project. The intent is to help people find alternative ways to spend their money, time or resources during the holiday season.
I fear that because I often post later in the day a lot of people won’t see the posts, so today I figured I’d offer a quick recap of the first seven organizations that I’ve highlighted.
Day One - PFLAG (Parents and Families of Lesbians and Gays)
Day Two - (DC) Books to Prisons
Day Three - Polaris Project
Day Four - SIECUS (Sexuality Information and Education Council of the U.S.)
Day Five - Veterans for Peace
Day Six - Palestinian Children’s Relief Fund
Day Seven - Population Services International
I’m looking forward to another 23 days of giving. My posts are always tagged with “30 days of giving” so please be on the lookout!
As some of my followers know, since the day after Thanksgiving, I’ve been posting non-profit organizations that can use your help (either your time, resources or donations).
Since today is World Aids Day, I’ve dedicated Day Seven to:
Who they are - A global non-profit founded in the 70’s and dedicated to improving reproductive health using commercial marketing strategies.
What they do - From the website - “Working in partnership within the public and private sectors, and harnessing the power of the markets, PSI provides life-saving products, clinical services and behavior change communications that empower the world’s most vulnerable populations to lead healthier lives.”
In addition to working to stop the spread of HIV, they also have programs aimed at improving reproductive health, increasing the survival rate of children in developing areas and providing tuberculosis services
Why it’s important - tons of reasons of course. Not the least of which is that a healthy global community will lead to a healthy global economy. I’m sure you can think of tons of other reasons their work is important.
Today I hope you will check out…
Who they are -paraphrased from the website - concerned people in the U.S. attempting to address the medical and humanitarian crisis facing Palestinian youths in the Middle East and other Middle Eastern nations like Iraq, based only on their medical needs.
What they do - attempt to identify and gain access to treatment for children in the Middle East (not exclusively Palestine) who need surgeries or other medical care they can not get locally.
Why it’s important - While you are entitled to your own opinion of any of the various conflicts, uprisings and wars in the Middle East, it’s indisputable that NO child asked to live in remote violent areas where they are unwittingly subject to atrocities of war. It’s always important to put aside partisan feelings in favor of aiding children who have no control over their living situation.