Thursday, March 5, 2009

Speak Up, Spread Love, Start Now

The following is a guest post from Stefanie Miller (pictured).

In the wake of Prop 8, I have found my voice as an ally to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. I have been blessed with many LGBT friends and have often longed for a way to support these amazing people. I've finally found a way, and if you would like to help, I would love to include you in this movement.

I encourage you to write a letter, draw a picture, write a paragraph, a journal entry, or in any other way share your thoughts with someone in your life who is LGBT or connected to the LGBT community - a son, daughter, mother, father, friend, co-worker, partner, role model, someone who helped you in times of struggle . . . anyone, even yourself.

You can write about anything - even things you haven't had the courage or opportunity to say to their faces. Your thoughts/writings don't have to be long, just whatever you have in your heart that you want to share. I want to gather as many words of advice, wisdom, encouragement, shared experience and support as I can, and compile them in some way. I'm not sure what this final product will be . . . perhaps a book for LGBT centers at high schools or colleges? The possibilities are endless and I'm very open to suggestions!

I understand that what I am asking is very personal, and that some of you may not be comfortable contributing to this compilation. For this reason, I ahve set up an email accoutn that you can log onto and upload or copy/paste your letters into completely anonymously.

I wish I had millions of dollars, eons of time and massive political power to put toward changing out world. But I don't. What I do have is my voice and, hopefully, the support and voices of people like you. Together, we will be heard.

Speak Up, Spread Love, Start Now.

Here's how:

1. Email your submission directly to me at millersd@uci.edu.

2. Log onto our email forum on gmail.com to submit anonymously. Just go to http://www.gmail.com/ and use username speakupspreadlovestartnow and password startnow123.

3. Or, to send your submission by snail mail, email me privately for my home address.

And remember: Speak Up, Spread Love, Start Now.

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