I had a great opportunity to meet one of the faces of the LGBT movement who has made a difference through a project called the “It Gets Better” Project, Dan Savage. He started the “It Gets Better” Project last year in September in response to the string of LGBT youth related suicides from bullying. He came to Florida International University’s Biscayne Bay Campus to talk about his project, and he also shared his life story.
I am very happy that I had the opportunity to meet him and I got a picture with him. When I met him, I was speechless and forgot what I had to say, and the words that came out of me were “Hi, thank you Dan for what you do, and can you please take a picture with me?”. Attending this lecture was a great experience, and I hope that I will be able to contribute to the LGBT community, especially other LGBT youth like me, in letting all LGBT youth know that things will get better, we will be stronger, and that they are not alone.
Below are some pictures from the event:
“My Excited Face While Holding My “It Gets Better” Ticket And Flyer” Photo: All rights reserved 2011.
“Crowd Gathering” Photo: All rights reserved 2011.
“Picture with Dan Savage of the “It Gets Better” Project Photo: All rights reserved 2011.
“Dan Savage Talking To The Audience After Lecture” Photo: All rights reserved 2011.
“Florida International University Podium Flag” Photo: All rights reserved 2011.
2010 just passed by as if it was yesterday, and now that 2011 is here, we are given a new opportunity to do great things in life. With little things and big things and everything in between, we have the power to make a difference. We have the power especially is we be true to ourselves.
With that said, I came across this song that brings a message of hope and encouragement for everyone. The song is called “The Best Thing About Me Is You” by Ricky Martin.
You are very awesome because of your waffle fries. That is all. However, your good food is overshadowed by the fact that you are extremely homophobic. I do not like that. Before when my LGBT activist friends told me that Chik-Fil-A is bad, I did not know what they meant before. But then after doing some research and a couple of orders of your #1 on the menu (chicken sandwich, waffle fries, and a drink), I feel bad buying from your fast food chain.
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Yes, fast food is not healthy, but more importantly, I do not support the causes that you support. I do not like where you use the money I use to buy from you. I am saddened when I found out where my money goes to. I do not support any homophobic organizations, and sadly, this shall apply to you too Chik-Fil-A. Yes, I will miss your food items, but at the same time, I do not want to indirectly support organizations who are against people like me.
So, Chik-Fil-A, farewell. You probably don’t care about me anyways. Well, forget you. I am moving on to McDonald’s ha!
This year in 2011, I chose to do something different. Instead of making the usual list of New Year’s resolutions, I will not make any this year (for now, that is). I always break most, if not all ofmy resolutions in my long list that I make every year. So this year, I have decided to just make goals to accomplish this year. Some of you may think, what makes that any different?
Resolutions are different than goals in my opinion in a sense that goals seem to be more achievable than resolutions, well at least, that is how I see it. For example, one common resolution people make is this classic one:
“I want to lose weight and look good by the time summer comes”
A goal would look something like this:
“Every week, I would like to lose 1 lb. Eat a balanced, healthy diet. Avoid junk foods and all those empty calorie munchies. Continue working out (ahem P90x) and be consistent with it.”
With that said, I want to share with you all my goals.
Appreciate life more by being active in it instead of being a couch potato. I am a couch potato if I am not working. I watch TV or spend lots of time online (ahem, Facebook). Ya know, the whole “stop and smell the roses” thing? For once, I need to start listening to that again. I admit that I am guilty of being lazy. Also, I always end up wasting a lot of time instead of nurturing my hobbies and other skills that are sadly rusting and collecting dust at this time. With that said, I will go ahead to number 2.
Time management and learn to use my time wisely. I always waste time. I feel like at this point in my life, a big chunk of my lifetime so far here on earth has been wasted in front of a computer. When I went to the Philippines for vacation last year, I realized how much I have been missing out on because of frequent computer use. I miss stopping and enjoying what is around me. I missed hanging out with my family back there, and living simply. This year, I will make sure that as much as possible that I will spend my time on more important things in life, such as friends, family, my hobbies, passion, and helping others.
Be healthy and fit. I admit that I am not the fittest that I can be because of being a couch potato. I also tend to eat a lot despite people saying that I “look like a stick”, but I am not a “stick”. The foods that I have eaten before are making themselves known. As a church friend of mine said, “Jelly donuts: Once it touches the lips, it never leaves the hips.”
Pursue hobbies and passions that I have neglected for so long. I am a person of many trades. I cannot do just one thing. I like doing many things. For example, I play musical instruments, I blog, I work in the healthcare field, I love technology. I also like to collect U.S. State Quarters and letters given to me by family, friends, etc.
Let my creativity flow. It has been a while since I have released my inner creative self and do crazy creative things. I used to sew, draw, make clay sculptures, play piano. I haven’t done any of those for fun in a very long time, and I think it is time to resurrect those fun activities that once defined part of my childhood.
Be more active within the LGBT community. I sometimes feel that I am not active enough in the LGBT community so I plan to contribute my energy and time more this year by blogging more consistently, making more youtube videos, helping and collaborating with other LGBT activists, friends, colleagues, and hopefully future individuals and/or organizations I will come across this year and have worked with before.
Make friends and do fun stuff like hanging out and laughing your heart out doing something fun. This is pretty explanatory. Want to be friends?
I hope this year 2011 will be a great one, and so far, it has started off on a good note for me. I wish everyone a very Happy New Year to All! So, what New Year’s Resolutions do you have for 2011? Any goals you have in mind?