Guys, I’ve always been pretty resistant to the whole NoH8 photo movement, feeling as though it was one big vanity project.
However, the cause does bring great awareness to civil and marriage equality: these two issues have become very hot-headed debate points in today’s society. The NoH8 movement has made great strides in bringing people of visibility and social stature to a place where they can share their stance and support for a movement centered upon equality. I finally agreed to have my NoH8 photo taken when Tim Sullivan, Director/Writer of Chillerama and “I Was A Teenage Werebear” requested personally that I come on board with him and my costar Anton Troy in doing a video meant to help integrate horror fans, queer fear lovers and denizens of the gay community on a front that would communicate our support and love for our worlds that meet at the convergent point that “I Was A Teenage Werebear” has become.
I’d like to get very much to share the message we are bringing to everyone in our video, so thank you in advanced to enbedding it to your Facebook profiles and pasting the link in to your Twitter pages.
I agreed to include myself in this video clip in the hopes that the message would ring loud and clear to any person suffering from prejudice or hate:
While we may not be there enduring it at your side, we’ve all felt like the outsiders, the minority, or even weak for our differences. I merely want those suffering to know that each and every one of us has the right to find our way through it and discover our place of happiness and love. I grew up feeling as though my position as an outcast in my high school, and even my family, would never end. That I would never find my place in the world. I even began to think that there wasn’t a place for me – that being alone forever was inevitable and that I would never have anything special to impart upon the world. And then one day I stood up and realized only WE can fix ourselves, change our lives, and make the kind of difference that will matter on an individual level.
It doesn’t get better until we make it better for ourselves.