Day: April 19, 2018

19 Apr

Helping Out a Friend Helps me

I am devoting this blog to educating readers about LGBT rights in general and about oppressed populations throughout the world. I care about making people better allies and better activists. I’m a huge supporter of the idea that all people can make a difference, even if it doesn’t seem that way at first. I am not interested in blaming people. Helping people to move forward can make all the difference in the world. Hopefully, reading some of my writings will help a little. With this introduction to today’s blog, I will go on to tell you about a recent effort my friend and I made in the local community.

One way to educate people is to hold events and invite speakers who will draw a good crowd. Publicity, publicity, publicity. It is more important than “location.” I you want to convert your neighbors into activists, tell them how it is done and what causes need their support. While there is plenty of news in the online media, most people are too busy to pay much attention. They would agree with you if you explained all the injustices out there. Beyond this you want them to recruit others and encourage them to participate when the time is ripe. With all the progress we have made in gay rights, for example, there is still more to do. There are so many cases of bullying and numerous examples of blatant hate crimes. We should stand by without protest.

To make this clear, let me tell you about an event I held at my friend’s house in his backyard. He has a covered patio perfect for hosting meetings and rallies. We could fit more people in since the yard is a large space. Not long ago, he asked me to assist in installing a new outdoor ceiling fan from Ceiling Fan Choice. It will help to cool off the space while it adds a touch of décor. Now it is the focal point of his yard. On the patio under the ceiling fan, the speaker’s podium was strategically placed. I planned to spark some real emotions in the listeners and encourage them to “take to the streets” as a form of protest. We were angered by a recent event at a local high school at which a gay student was denied entry to the football team. We wanted to add to the parents’ objections and make it a public issue of outrage.

The event did its job. Everyone in sight became part of the effort. The group at the house began a kind of mass parade, marching directly to the high school gymnasium with enormous signs. We intended to shame the coach and waken the principal to something that cannot be ignored. It was my idea of public education focusing on a real live case in point. I am appreciative of my friend with the patio outdoor ceiling fan for obliging me. Helping him has certainly helped me.