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Bromo of the Week: Anderson Cooper

5 Jul

“The fact is, I’m gay.”

As we’re sure most of you know by now, Anderson Cooper has come out and said that he is gay.

In a blog post on his friend Andrew Sullivan’s blog, Anderson was asked to weigh in on the topic of gay people in the public eye and whether or not they should come out publicly.

In his reply, Anderson disclosed to the public that he is, in fact, gay and he explained a bit why he kept it quiet for so long.

On being a journalist:

” I’ve always believed that who a reporter votes for, what religion they are, who they love, should not be something they have to discuss publicly. As long as a journalist shows fairness and honesty in his or her work, their private life shouldn’t matter.”

On why it’s the right time to come out:

“It’s become clear to me that by remaining silent on certain aspects of my personal life for so long, I have given some the mistaken impression that I am trying to hide something – something that makes me uncomfortable, ashamed or even afraid. This is distressing because it is simply not true.”

On being gay:

“The fact is, I’m gay, always have been, always will be, and I couldn’t be any more happy, comfortable with myself, and proud.”

On bullying:

“…the tide of history only advances when people make themselves fully visible. There continue to be far too many incidences of bullying of young people, as well as discrimination and violence against people of all ages, based on their sexual orientation, and I believe there is value in making clear where I stand.”

Anderson is a well-known and respected journalist who kept his sexuality a secret for professional reasons. We are glad that he was able to come out publicly though, because he shares a very important message: you should never be ashamed of who you are.

And for that, Anderson Cooper is our Bromo of the Week.

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Bromo of the Week: Kameron Slade

20 Jun

Kameron Slade, a grade 5 student at PS 195 in Queens, NY, won a class competition with a poignant speech in favour of gay marriage. He was meant to deliver it in front of the entire student body for the school-wide competition when his principal stepped in. Kameron was told that he was not allowed to deliver his speech because it was deemed inappropriate. Furthermore, he was told by his principle that he would be removed from the contest entirely if he did not change his topic.

“Like President Obama, I believe that all people should have the right to marry whoever they want,” his speech begins. “I believe that same-sex marriage should be accepted worldwide, and that parents and teachers should start to discuss these issues without shame to their students.”

After getting some publicity from local news channels, the school’s chancellor, Dennis Walcott, stepped in and gave Kameron permission to deliver his speech at a special assembly for 5th graders.

Kameron is our Bromo of the Week for his courage and understanding of love. Here is his speech in full, delivered to NY1:

Thank you Kameron and congratulations on a well-written speech!

Bromo of the Week: Scott Heggart

19 Mar

Scott Heggart’s public journey as a closeted teenage jock is serving as both inspiration to kids in similar situations and as a stark and emotional reminder as to why initiatives like You Can Play are so important.

“I was ‘out’ at home, in the closet at school. So I spent all my time at home,” he recalls. Every coming out story has its challenges, and being a part of a team where locker-room homophobia encouraged was not easy for Heggart.

Heggart documented an entire year of his journey on YouTube anonymously. When the time came to come out, he did so quietly, and on Facebook. The response was overwhelmingly supportive. “[His teammates] recognized how much courage it took and they recognized how much trust he was putting in them.”

Now a communications student at the University of Ottawa, Heggart’s videos focus more on political activism and drawing attention to the inequalities that gay people face. Especially moving was his commentary on the suicide of Jamie Hubley, which has garnered him some significant attention.

For having the courage to share his personal story with thousands as a teenage boy and turning into an eloquent (and attractive!) young man, Scott Heggart is this week’s Bromo of the Week.

A Young Heggart on Coming Out:

Read more at the Ottawa Citizen.

Bromos of the Week: Jarrod Chlapowski and Alex Nicholson

12 Mar

We salute you, gentlemen.

Jarrod Chlapowski and Alex Nicholson, US Army veterans and the founders of Servicemembers United, are this blog’s first Bromos of the Week. Continue reading