May 29, 2012

BRAVO: I Applaud Those Who Rise Above And Do The Right Thing

Bravo or boo? You decide.
Are they worthy of a bravo or a boo?

Bravo or Booed?

I think it’s important to recognize when people do the right thing, or take a heroic stand, in fighting bullies, or promoting LGBT equality. I also think it’s important to call out those who promote bigotry, hatred, or inequality, or use lies to further their anti-gay agenda.

This is the first blog post, hopefully of many, that I’m going to call “Bravo or Booed.” I fondly remember getting TV Guide in the mail when I was a kid, and reading the "cheers and jeers" section. This is my version of "cheers and jeers" - and since TV Guide owns the "cheers and jeers" title, I’m calling mine “Bravo or Booed.” 

When a performer hears Bravo during a performance, it’s a great feeling. I’ve yet to be booed, but I imagine it’s awful to hear.

I’m going to put the Bravos in one post, and the Booed in a separate post. I don’t want to sully the names of those receiving Bravos - with those worthy of being booed.



BRAVO


Bravo to Middlesex County Superior Court Judge Glenn Berman

A hale and hearty cheer and BRAVO to New Jersey’s Middlesex County Superior Court Judge Glenn Berman, for weighing the facts in the Dharun Ravi case, and sentencing the defendant to a reasonable 30 days. Anything beyond that would be an injustice.


Bravo to Indiana Middle School Students Alexis Hammond, 13 and Kyndall Bowen, 13

A hale and hearty cheer and BRAVO to Alexis Hammond and Kyndall Bowden, both 13, of Muncie Indiana, who organized a protest against bullying, and a vigil in support of Tori Swoape.  "Stand Up! Speak Out: Stop Bullying for Tori" attracted national attention, and hundreds of people showed up to support their anti-bullying efforts.

Bravo to the University of Connecticut Hockey Teams

A hale and hearty cheer and BRAVO goes to the University of Connecticut Hockey teams for making statements, and taping video messages, in support of the You Can Play project. The You Can Play project is an anti-bullying initiative aimed at creating a more welcoming atmosphere for LGBT athletes. 

Admittedly, Rutgers and Uconn are bitter rivals in every sport - and in the wake of the Tyler Clementi tragedy - I wish that Rutgers was the university that I was cheering. But in this case Rutgers isn't worthy, and the University of Connecticut is.

Bravo to Marvel Comics and “Astonishing X-men”

A hale and hearty cheer and BRAVO to Marvel Comics for supporting marriage equality. In 1992, Marvel announced that X-men character Northstar was gay. He was the first out and proud gay superhero, in the mainstream world of comics. Marvel Comics announced that Northstar is going to wed his partner in an upcoming issue of “Astonishing X-Men.”

Bravo to the NAACP

A hale and hearty cheer and BRAVO to the Board of the NAACP, as they passed a resolution supporting marriage equality as a civil right. The resolution reads in part:

“We support marriage equality consistent with equal protection under the law provided under the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution. Further, we strongly affirm the religious freedoms of all people as protected by the First Amendment."



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