By Richard Ammon
October 25, 2010
In addition to raising consciousness about bullying, offering prayers and sympathies to families effected and writing supportive blog and holding vigils, we LGBT people also need to get tough and bully back to the criminals and idiots who want to hurt us.
LEARN MARTIAL ARTS TODAY!
There are many kinds of self-defense practices, from karate, to aikido, to taikwondo, to gym strength training, Jiu-Jitsu, kick-boxing, kapap and Krav Maga, and the US Marine Corps’s Marine Corps Martial Arts Program, boxing…
(see more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martial_arts).
AND DEVELOP HEALTHY AND STRONG EGOS with therapy, self-awareness workshops, confidence-building programs, self-esteem classes…
(see more: http://www.google.com/search?q=confidence+workshops&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a)
AND MAKE NOISE ABOUT THE BULLYING TO THE SCHOOL BOARDS, to the PTA, TO THE POLICE, TO YOUR POLITICAL LEADERS
Remember how Act Up invaded the public eye and social conscience about AIDS and got more government funding and better care!
AND DEMAND YOUR SCHOOL OR COLLEGE OFFER A GAY-STRAIGHT ALLIANCE CLUB
Learn how to do it here: http://gsanetwork.org/
There are many bullies out there and there are also many strong queers who are not afraid to stand up and fight. Become a fighter even if you are afraid to fight. Getting in a good punch to the face or a kick in the balls of a bully will make him mad but it will also make him think twice next time before bullying you. (But don’t carry a weapon; it will be worse for you. Maybe mace.)
The public project going around called ‘It Gets Better‘ is good for general awareness.
But personally we need to ‘Get Strong’.
Read my other blogs about the recent suicides: http://globalgayz.blogspot.com/