Jake Weinraub

Don't Stand for Homophobic Bullying

Filed By Jake Weinraub | April 08, 2011 7:00 AM | comments

Filed in: You Gotta See This
Tags: BeLonG To, bullying, ireland, lgbt awareness, lgbt youth, stand up

An awesome and extremely well-made anti-bullying message for teens, as part of BeLonG To Youth Services' annual "Stand Up!" LGBT Awareness Week in Ireland.

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I saw this one Jake. It is a good message. Thanks for sharing it.

AWESOME public service announcement! I've said it for years. Only students themselves are capable of stopping anti-homo bullying. Parents, teachers and administrators are seldom present when Bullying occurs... The norm is for students to look the other way, keep on walking, don't get involved. Yes, even fellow tribe-members tell ourselves"it's not my problem."

The "hand holding" reminds me of Sub-Commander Marcos, the quintessential anti-leader of the Zapatista movement in Chiapas, Mexico, who insists that his black mask is a mirror that enables him to see through the eyes of the victimized so that he is "gay in San Francisco, black in South Africa, Asian in Europe, Chicano in San Ysidro, an anarchist in Spain, a Palestinian in Israel, a Mayan Indian in the streets of San Cristobal, a Jew in Germany, and a single woman on the Metro at 10 PM."

So the next time you see someone being bullied, for whatever reason, try looking at it through their eyes instead of your own. Don't just pass it by, STEP UP: move toward the incident and not away from it. STAND BY the victim for moral support. SPEAK OUT! Engage the victim in conversation to blunt the bully's impact on their self-esteem. And STAY PUT: Don't until the bully backs down or an authority arrives.

Bullies flourish because the rest of us walk on by and look the other way.