Using words like ‘bullying’ or ‘taunting’ or ‘teasing’ when someone is being tormented and tortured is like referring to rape as ‘severe flirting’” – Jackie Beat (via Divine Grace, NYC)
Bambi Weavil, Do Gay Americans Deserve To Be Happy, opinion, commentary, Out Impact
Each of us has a story to contribute to this world by the testament of our lives. I grew up in a beautiful small Coastal town known on The Weather Channel as a Hurricane hot spot, in the NBA as Michael Jordan’s hometown, and in pop culture, as the home of Dawson’s Creek: Wilmington, North Carolina. Though that’s not where my story started, I spent a brief period of time in what I refer to as Hell from ages 4 to 5. As my father was a police officer in a small town called Rose Hill, NC, I was once tricked by our neighbor’s children and held down and beaten during a game of “school” when I went over to play. I dealt with the indignity of having your pants pulled down to show red marks on your butt, all a result of kids being taught to beat and hate that which they don’t understand, all because my father wrote someone in their family a ticket- prompting my family’s move to Wilmington.
I thought it’d be in broadcasting after watching Peter Jennings nightly, or writing for a big newspaper after falling hard in love with the written word (I’m still smitten)…but I never thought it’d be founding my own national online gay magazine. I never thought my personal life would contribute to my career when journalism teaches you not to be personally involved with the story, but I also thought I wasn’t going to live beyond my mid-20s either.
Sometimes, you have to be willing to be the voice for the voiceless.