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Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by MIJ-VI, Nov 23, 2010.

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  1. MIJ-VI

    MIJ-VI Banned Supporting Member

    Jan 12, 2009
    ...a message of hope if you're being bullied:

    It Gets Better Canada

    À l'intention des Canadiens-Français victimes de bullying:


    A Discussion Thread:

    Bullied for being gay?



    Reconciling Ministries Network
    "Creating space at the table for all God's children."

    Courtesy of a tip from TB'er iamlowsound, here's a link to 3 churches in Toronto, Ontario, Canada which reach out to LGBT youth (please click on the name of each church for a Google map of its location):



    The LIKE ME Organization
    "To provide support, resources and education to LGBT individuals, and their families and friends."

    Search The Gay Web LGBT Web Directory

    The Giant Thread of Support / Advice / Comfort / Equality and other Videos

    A collection of links to various LGBT organizations in western Canada

    outwords glbt resource directory



    CenterLink Community Center Resources


    - A Searchable Directory of LGBT Community Centers for United States, Canada, China, Guam (U.S.), Israel, Japan, Mexico, and Peru.
    - An LGBT Community Center and gay-, lesbian-, bisexual-, and transgender-friendly Jobs (in the U.S.)

    "GlobalGayz is a gay-owned travel and culture website focused on les-bi-gay-trans life in countries around the world. It is based on actual visits to far and near countries. Here are Stories, Links, News & Reports and Photo Galleries for more than 190 countries."


    A relevant TalkBass thread from 2009

    I finally came out of the closet

    As well...

    Gay Musicians

    How or where did you make your first gay friend ?


    A more secure Internet access for those who live in regions which are hostile to LGBT people

    PLEASE NOTE: Do some research and learn how to use this software properly before relying upon it to preserve your on-line anonymity.

    Tor (anonymity network)


    How To Install TOR In Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat [Repository]

    Torbutton (for Firefox)


    Illegitimis non carborundum kids! :)
  2. SamanthaCay


    Nov 16, 2008
    Denver, CO.
    If life hands you lemons..............
  3. MIJ-VI

    MIJ-VI Banned Supporting Member

    Jan 12, 2009
    Graeme Taylor on the Ellen DeGeneres Show
  4. MakiSupaStar

    MakiSupaStar The Lowdown Diggler

    Apr 12, 2006
    Huntington Beach, CA
    Yeah. These are great. I hope they help. Just curious, based upon your last couple of threads, are you involved with this on a personal level? I don't mean to pry, but you have a passion for your advocacy and I was just curious as to what might be motivating it. :)
  5. Linas


    Jan 6, 2005
    George Takei speaking out. pretty bad ass.

  6. MakiSupaStar

    MakiSupaStar The Lowdown Diggler

    Apr 12, 2006
    Huntington Beach, CA
    You are a douchebag! :D Love it.
  7. Nappa


    Dec 20, 2006
    Fargo,North Dakota
    One from Texas.
  8. That's awesome!
  9. Sulu FTW!
  10. MIJ-VI

    MIJ-VI Banned Supporting Member

    Jan 12, 2009
    In the winter of '92 I was at the tail end of a 6 year-long booze and cocaine-tinged binge when early one morning I went to a tiny all-night coffee shop in downtown Toronto known as a hangout for street-level drug dealers and prostitutes. I wanted dope.

    Three young guys in drag came in to buy coffee. They looked (to me) like they were dressed up for a costume party. One of them was so young I was staring at him and asking myself if his parents knew where he was at such an hour. They bought their coffees and left.

    Nearly four and a half years later I was sober (finally) and walking down the street fully absorbed in how I was going to arrange a MIDI string part once I arrived home. For some reason I glanced down at a Toronto Sun newspaper box. I was stunned breathless to see the front page plastered with a photo of the same boy (except that he looked older) and a headline stating that he was one of three prostitutes murdered the night before. It was only then that I learned his name: Shawn Keegan. He had just turned 19.

    I later learned that he ran away from his Belleville Ontario home just before his 13th birthday and had hitchhiked to Toronto. He was openly Gay. I don't know why he ran away from home but I do know that it's unlikely a 12-year-old boy would leave a home where he felt loved and safe.

    If I had my life in reasonable order at the time I first saw him in that coffee shop I may have been able to help him when it would've done some good. But instead I was a pathetic, suicidally depressed, psychotic drunk who had recently been fired and was 2 weeks away from being evicted & homeless for the first time ever. In failing myself I insured that I would also fail others.

    However, preceding my failure was a sequence of events contributing to Shawn Keegan's avoidable demise--starting with the concerted actions of those whose conduct drove him to leave the security of his family's home when he was just 12 years old.

    In contrast to Shawn Keegan's response to widespread rejection due to his sexual orientation, 14-year-old Brandon Bitner, pictured above, was sufficiently driven to escape his torment by running into the path of a transport truck.

    LGBT people: the most universally hated and persecuted minority on Earth, bar none.

    UN deletes gay reference from anti-execution measures * * * UPDATE * * *

    Islamic schools ‘teaching pupils that gays should be executed’

    US shaken by sudden surge of violence against gay people

    Gay activists attack Ugandan preacher's porn slideshow

    Teaser Uganda : Killing in the name.. .mov

    Americans’ Role Seen in Uganda Anti-Gay Push

    Some U.S. Christians Push Back Against Ugandan Anti-Gay Bill

    Iran set to execute 18-year-old on false charge of sodomy

    Kenya PM orders gays' arrest

    Anti-Gay Violence on the Rise in Senegal, Rights Group Says

    Dan Savage - Gays Most Targeted Minority
  11. MIJ-VI

    MIJ-VI Banned Supporting Member

    Jan 12, 2009
    Awesome! :hyper:
  12. MakiSupaStar

    MakiSupaStar The Lowdown Diggler

    Apr 12, 2006
    Huntington Beach, CA
    Wow. Great post. Thank you for sharing. I understand now. :)
  13. MatticusMania

    MatticusMania LANA! HE REMEMBERS ME!

    Sep 10, 2008
    Pomona, SoCal
    There is a lot of truth in this statement. Im lucky to live in an area of the world that is more tolerant of one's sexual orientation.

    I remember talking to my mother about Prop 8, and how making marriage legal for homosexuals is a good thing, a positive step for humanity. She went on to use the oft-repeated phrase that a lot of, how do I put this delicately... 'bible bigots' use, that "marriage should be between a man and a woman". I was not 'out' over my sexuality at the time, though my mother is not daft and Im sure she knows more than I have ever let on. Anyway, I went on to tell her shamelessly that "****** is the new n*****," and how Prop 8 is a civil rights issue, not one that anybody's religious ideals should be concerned with. But still, it rings true.
  14. kesslari

    kesslari Groovin' with the Big Dogs Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2007
    Santa Cruz Mtns, California
    Lark in the Morning Instructional Videos; Audix Microphones
    and a salute from me as well, MIJ.
  15. MIJ-VI

    MIJ-VI Banned Supporting Member

    Jan 12, 2009
  16. I'm really glad people like you exist. :)
  17. MIJ-VI

    MIJ-VI Banned Supporting Member

    Jan 12, 2009
    Suicide Warning Signs:

    * Appearing depressed or sad most of the time.
    (Untreated depression is the number one cause for suicide.)

    * Talking or writing about death or suicide.

    * Withdrawing from family and friends.

    * Feeling hopeless.

    * Feeling helpless.

    * Feeling strong anger or rage.

    * Feeling trapped -- like there is no way out of a situation.

    * Experiencing dramatic mood changes.

    * Abusing drugs or alcohol.

    * Exhibiting a change in personality.

    * Acting impulsively.

    * Losing interest in most activities.

    * Experiencing a change in sleeping habits.

    * Experiencing a change in eating habits.

    * Performing poorly at work or in school.

    * Giving away prized possessions.

    * Writing a will.

    * Feeling excessive guilt or shame.

    * Acting recklessly.

    It should be noted that some people who die by suicide do not show any suicide warning signs.

    But about 75 percent of those who die by suicide do exhibit some suicide warning signs, so we need to be aware of what the suicide warning signs are and try to spot them in people. If we do see someone exhibiting suicide warning signs, we need to do everything that we can to help them.

    If you or someone you know exhibits several of the suicide warning signs listed above, immediate action is required.

    Always take suicide warning signs seriously.


    First of all if your are feeling suicidal call someone, anyone, even call them on a cell phone and don't hang up. Stay on the phone until they get there or call 911

    These are international hotline numbers.


    2-538-194 or 2-538-197







    ~Costa Rica~

















    46-48-889 / 800-93-93


    ~New Zealand~





    ~Republic of Ireland~


    24 hrs / 7 days

    ~Southern Africa~
    24 hour Crisis Number

    ~South Korea~


    ~Sri Lanka~

    ~St. Vincent~




    ~Trinidad & Tobago~

    0487-327715 / 0482-226565

    ~United Kingdom~

    ~United States~
    1-800-Suicide OR 1-800-784-2433
    24 hours a day, 7 days a week

    National Youth Crisis & Suicide Hotline 1-800-621-4000



    Please note that I borrowed this info from a post in another forum I'm a member of.

    Since the original poster didn't provide a link to the source of the above phone numbers I have no way to confirm their accuracy.

    Would those TB'ers who live in the above-named countries be so kind as to test the number for their area and PM me a confirmation or a correction? :)

    Thank you.
  18. anyonefortennis

    anyonefortennis Supporting Member

    Jun 28, 2005
    Lincoln, NE

    One from some very smart dudes...
  19. MIJ-VI

    MIJ-VI Banned Supporting Member

    Jan 12, 2009


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