Ivan Coyote was invited to attend Breaking the Silence this year as our keynote speaker. Her down to earth stories and sense of humor speak directly to each person in her audience, making you forget the distance between the stage and yourself. As if sitting down for coffee with a friend who just needed to talk.
In the clip I’ve shared below, Ivan tells a story about Christopher, a much loved family member… about how her cousin inspired her to go into schools. About how we all shit, it’s the great leveler, and how a poop story can get students and others to identify and invest in Christopher. How it can get people to care.
Take a few minutes and watch Ivan tell her story. It won’t take long, but in those few minutes, you may change for the better… thanks to a little boy named Christopher.
I’ll be sharing more of Ivan and the Breaking the Silence conference in the next couple of days. I have more videos, more pictures, and more stories. All of which are so very worth sharing. So I hope you’ll keep coming back to see more. 🙂
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Today, on the 2nd Annual International Day of Purple (which has also become known as Spirit Day), we wore purple – just like last year. And before we hit the road for our seven block walk to school we pulled out the camera so we could tell the homophobic bullies of the world exactly what we thought of them. So bullies? This shots for you:
And for everyone else? Here’s the kid, looking cute in purple:
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How many of our youth need to die before enough people take notice and make change happen? This weekend another young person took their own life after experiencing all the homophobic bullying they could handle. Tonight we had our wrap-up meeting for Camp fYrefly 2011… and all I can think is that if this young man had the kind of community we’ve built here, perhaps things never would have gone that far.
Tomorrow, please wear purple. It’s a small thing we can do. October 20th is wear purple day. Wear purple in a show of solidarity against homophobia. Wear purple for equality. Wear purple to let our youth know that there are options. We can make things better RIGHT NOW. We don’t have to wait.
Someone in this young mans life may have been waiting for the right time to talk to him…. for the right time to tell him that he wasn’t alone.
Make it better.
read more about Jamie Hubley at: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/story/2011/10/19/ottawa-suicide-gay-teen-folo.html
In Saskatoon? Feel a need to be involved in something really important that could change lives for the better? Join us on Saturday evening for one hour in the park. Hold a candle, share a story, listen… and let kids know that IT GETS BETTER!
Today, people around the globe, were encouraged to wear purple in solidarity against homophobia, against bullying, and in memory of the several young people who have committed suicide in the last month because of homophobic bullies. In it’s simplest terms? Today we wore purple for equality.
Did you wear purple? why or why not?