Greetings, Gentle Readers.
You regulars here at the blog know that yours truly generally refrains from discussions of a potentially controversial nature.
Today, that changes.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock lately I’m certain you’ve heard stories in the media of gay and lesbian teens who have been driven to suicide by bullies in their lives. The most recent one that I’ve heard about is the story of Iowa teen Kenneth Weishuhn. I’ve experienced a growing horror after each new story, but Kenneth’s is the one that was the final straw. Want to know why? Because I saw a link to Kenneth’s Pinterest board (I don’t know how long this link will remain active) — a board where he was planning his future wedding. And the thought that this poor young man wasn’t going to get his special day with the one he loved…well, I lost it.
So. That brings us to today. I’ve decided that the only real way I can help (other than by teaching tolerance and respect to my girls!) is via my wallet. Readers will know that one of my books, Higher Learning, contains a bullying plot element that affects the heroine’s life. From this day forward, I will be donating 10% of my royalties (divided in half) from sales of this book to two different charities.
The first charity is one that noted sex columnist Dan Savage promotes — The Trevor Project — which (per the website) is:
[…] is the leading national
organization providing crisis intervention and
suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay,
bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth.
And because I am a Canuck, I would like to also support a Canadian organization, so I’ve chosen Youthline, an Ontario peer-based, toll-free phone line also for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, 2-spirited, queer and questioning youth.
So here’s my plea, gang: talk about this with your friends and family. Buy my book. Or if you already have the book, please consider making a donation to either charity. Let’s end intolerance. I don’t want to read any more stories about teens who felt they no longer had a choice. No one should feel that way. Ever.
Thanks for reading this today.