What Makes an Activist?

OK Boys and Girls, and Everyone in between…
What makes an activist? Is it a fierce anger that drives them?
Is it hatred for the status quo that has allowed what they deem as a travesty to occur? Is it sadness for the loss of a loved one in the process of protesting or celebrating a moment in social justice history?

Yes. To all of the above and more. Let me relate a short example from my own life.

When the Original STONEWALL RIOTS happened, I was a fresh faced ALMOST teen of 12 years old. I was NOT a virgin. I had been having “sex” with boys for a couple of years by that point and knew inside me that (1) This was a Major part of who I was and (2) This was something that people would hurt me for, if they found out. [ Editors Note – Remember, this happened in 1969.] We didn’t KNOW about being in the closet because we so far in it we couldn’t see the door.

Then I heard news on the radio and reports on Television of a Police raid on the Stone Wall Inn, in Greenwich Village in NYC. It was July 30th, 1969. The police had arrested homosexuals who were patronizing the Stone Wall Inn and were naming them in the newspapers to shame them. Even at that age, I understood what was going on. Police, for whatever reason, were hurting PEOPLE LIKE ME, for Being people like me. (I Still couldn’t name myself as a homo at that time). I heard that many of these homosexuals were fighting back, some of them being injured rather severely by the police. I WANTED TO BE THERE. I wanted to fight back against what I saw as wrong behaviour by the police.

This was the day the activist in ME was born. I made a silent pledge to myself that from this moment forward I would stand up, IN SOME WAY, for other “homos” like myself.

Fast forward 44 years. I am standing in front of the Reflecting pool at the NY State Fair grounds. about to marry the man I have loved for more than 30 years. We will be LEGALLY Married, Equal in all aspects (or at least 2000+ ways more than the day before) to our heterosexual friends, and it dawned on me. THIS IS A MOMENT OF ACTIVISM! I am marrying my fiance, IN PUBLIC, in front of witness’s I know and do NOT know. That was my first REAL moment of Social Justice activism as a gay man.

It was LIBERATING! It was TERRIFYING! It changed my whole world view.

Now I run an online theatre company that does audio books and plays about Gay, Lesbian, Transgener, Bisexual youth and young adults. We do not stereotype them. They are now the comic second banana’s. They are the stars. They have the adventures aided by their straight friends. And People Listen. They learn that GLTB+ people are the same as they are.

What maked an Activist? Many, many things. But you will know you are an activist in your own time and space.

Just my two cents for today.

Rob Watson’s DESIDERATA FOR THE BULLIED

Desiderata for the Bullied
Written by Rob Watson

Desiderata for the Bullied

Your host is Mark Bruzee

The series is produced, directed and post produced by Mark Bruzee

Music for Manatees Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
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Desiderata written by Max Ehrmann
This has been a LEAP AUDIO production.desiderata

October is ANTI Bullying Month

Schools should be a young person’s primary center for learning, growing, and building a foundation for success in the world. High school can be challenging for any student, but LGBT youth face additional obstacles of harassment, abuse, and violence.

  • Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender bullying is alarming.  In fact 9 out of 10LGBT students reported being harassed and bullied last year.
  • Over one-third of LGBT students are physically assaulted at school because their sexual orientation and gender identity are different than those of heterosexual students.
  • About two-thirds of LGBT students reported having ever been sexually harassed (e.g., sexual remarks made, being touched inappropriately) in school in the past year.
  • Over half of all students report hearing homophobic remarks often at school. More than 30% reported missing at least a day of school in the past month out of fear for their personal safety.
  • LGBT students at schools with comprehensive policies on bullying and harassment are much more likely to report harassment to school authorities who, in turn, were more likely to respond effectively.
  • The average GPA for students who were frequently physically harassed because of their sexual orientation was half a grade lower than that of other students.
  • LGBT students are twice as likely to say that they were not planning on completing high school or going on to college.
  • Gay teens are 8.4 times more likely to report having attempted suicide and 5.9 times more likely to report high levels of depression compared with peers from families that reported no or low levels of family rejection.

The language used against LGBT students is unconscionable. LGBT Students, like any other students deserve to be treated with tolerance, respect and dignity because the reality is, it should never matter what your sexual orientation or identity is.

Principles guiding the rights approach on sexual orientation relate to equality and non-discrimination. Human rights advocates and other activists seek to ensure social justice and guarantee the dignity of LGBT’s because like anyone else an LGBT student is a person just like you are. The ONLY difference is their sexual orientation.

Maybe you’re different because you’re tall, underweight or dress differently than others. NO MATTER what our differences are everyone one deserves to be treated with respect and dignity!

  • We cannot accept ignorance
  • We cannot accept intolerance
  • We cannot accept name-calling
  • We must all respect each other
  • We must all accept others
  • We must all be tolerant of others
  • We must all be allies

We are ALL the same – NO MATTER™! We are ALL people!

Let’s create a world of love, kindness, compassion and respect. There is no reason to call someone a name for any reason! If you don’t understand an LGBT’s sexual orientation — learn more. Educate yourself! Educate others!

Creating a safe environment for all students – LGBT and straight alike – begins with being acceptance, tolerance and respect.

CELEBRATE our differences and HONOR our similarities! NO MATTER™!

– From stompoutbullying.org

Something VERY Special

Well, We have been away for a while, I know. We’ve been working on new stories for you, but until that time, we’ve found something VERY SPECIAL for you to enjoy.

Prince Henry

A Gay Fairytale for Children

Pop’n’Olly bring you ‘Prince Henry’ – A Pro-Gay family fairytale. The King and Queen think it’s time for their son to choose someone to marry and spend his life with, but are they surprised by who he chooses? Watch and find out!

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NEW SERIES

bayside MANSION

Halloween Reunion
Written by Tarheel Writer
Adapted for Audio and directed by Mark Bruzee

Featured in the cast were:
Jack Ward… as the Narrator
Romeo Morales… as Jayme and Donnie
Mason Quales… as Timmy
Bob Feesur… As Kyle
and SPECIAL GUEST STAR
Katie Gomez… As Sara

The episode was produced and directed by Mark Bruzee
Post Production by Mark Bruzee
Music and sound effects courtesy of
FreeSFX.Co.UK

The executive Producer for LEAP AUDIO is Mark Bruzee

This has been a Leap Audio Production.

We are FINALISTS!

AVA_2015_FINALIST_MEDIUMOur Christmas Play
THE DAY BEFORE CHRISTMAS

has been made a FINALIST in the AUDIO VERSE AWARDS 2015!

A HUGE thank you for all who voted us as a finalist.

Voting is now open to help us Win this prestigious award.

PLEASE VOTE!

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