In what would have been Harvey Milk’s 80th year, a book celebrating his life and legacy is born.
Never Blend In: The Legacy of Harvey Milk by British writer David Watters, and with a foreword by Harvey’s nephew, Stuart Milk, is a timely and unique collection of inspirational interviews with well known and everyday people who represent the great diversity within the LGBT Community.
The research, supported by PFLAG, The Trevor Project, FFLAG (UK), The Gay Police Association (GPA) and Schools OUT (UK), investigates the disenfranchisement often felt by marginalized members of the community and offers inspiration, through interviews with positive role models, and practical guidance toward developing self-esteem.
A second book, The NBI Workbook, based on the NBI Program will also soon be completed.
Notable Voices in the book are:
Harvey Milk’s colleagues, Anne Kronenberg and Danny Nicoletta;
actors Stephen Fry, Alan Cumming and Marcus Patrick;
musician Darren Hayes (Savage Garden);
Sordid Lives writer Del Shores;
Michael Musto (Village Voice);
filmmaker, Parvez Sharma;
NBA star John Amaechi;
Olympic Medalists, Ji Wallace, Mark Tewksbury and Bruce Hayes
designer Jack MacKenroth,
political activist, Peter Tatchell
authors Lesléa Newman, (57 books including A Letter to Harvey Milk), Linda Goldman (Coming Out, Coming In) and Tom Rob Smith (Child 44, The Secret Speech).
A FULL ALBUM OF CONTRIBUTORS CAN BE FOUND @ http://neverblendin.wordpress.com/
Global interest already exists and I am confident that there is a large and diverse market for the book.
POLARI ON SPRINGS ARTICLE: http://www.polarimagazine.com/?p=794
PIRATE CAT RADIO (INTERVIEW WITH CONTRIBUTOR SIMONE CAMPBELL, MARCH 2010): http://www.piratecatradio.com/
MANCHESTER MOUTH (INTERVIEW APRIL 2010): http://www.manchestermouth.co.uk/index.php?action=content&content_id=27
10thousand Couples LLC (ARTICLE MAY 2010): http://10thousandcouples.com/issue/may-2010/article/never-blend-in
INTERVIEW WITH KIERAN PROUT, ’Reporting to you from outside of the closet’: http://www.mediafire.com/?lghmymnbgan
NEVER BLEND IN IS CITED, BY ANTOINE SPITERI PhD, AS BEING LITERATURE THAT GAVE BIRTH TO GAY EXILES: http://www.antoinespiteri.com/exile.htm
Each celebrity interviewed has their own following and the name of Harvey Milk is now internationally recognized and respected through the multi award winning movie, MILK.
David Watters, a graduate of Trinity College of Music, London and the Institute of Education, University of London, has worked internationally as a singer, director and teacher for more than 20 years and has taught drama and music within socially and culturally diverse settings.
He is a personal and professional development associate with The Pacific Institute (www.pacificinstitute.co.uk), personal tutor, freelance writer and founding member of NBI Associates and Tech Queens.
David, who regularly writes for www.ambiente.us, One Nation and Polari, has been championed by Stuart Milk, nephew of Harvey Milk and Equality Advocate, who has said: “I love your work, which is vital to show the richness of embracing and celebrating our wonderful diversity. As Harvey would say, you’re bringing medicine into the world that the world needs! Thank you!”
His background in arts and education, combined with a solid understanding of CBT, and his passion for Equality Advocacy drive every aspect of his work as a personal development facilitator and a writer.
More information on the book and the author’s NBI Program can be found here:
Email David at: email@example.com
SYNOPSIS: OVERVIEW OF CHAPTERS
NEVER BLEND IN: THE LEGACY OF HARVEY MILK
About the author
About the book
FOREWORD: Written by Stuart Milk
|CHAPTER ONE: GIVE THEM HOPE|
The importance of role models for LGBT youth, the LGBT community and the wider society
THE IMPORTANCE OF ROLE MODELS
ME, SUICIDAL? (Abridged) by DAVID CHAYIM
STEPHANIE SILBERSTEIN INTERVIEW
CHARLES ROBBINS (THE TREVOR PROJECT)
ANTOINE SPITERI BS, MSc, PhD (Psychology)
DR JOHN R. SHAFER
|CHAPTER TWO: HARVEY MILK (PART ONE)|
- BIRTH IS THE BEGINNING
|CHAPTER THREE: WHO AM I?|
The Authenticity Audit – “Truth” v Perception
JUSTIN REED EARLY
SARA DAVIS BUECHNER
|CHAPTER FOUR: WHY AM I?|
Self-Esteem and the Environment
4.1 INTERVIEWS WITH PARENTS, FAMILY & EDUCATORS
| LINDA GOLDMAN (Coming Out, Coming In)
RAYMOND & IRENE MILLER
4.2 INTERVIEWS WITH FAITH CONTRIBUTORS
Reconciling faith with sexuality and gender identity
| REV. DAVID WEEKLEY
RABBI DENISE EGAR
REV. JO HUDSON
CHRIS BUTLER (GCN)
RICK BROWN (GCN)
R.J. BROWN (SGI-UK Nichiren Daishonin Buddhist)
4.3 INTERVIEWS WITH MEDIA CONTRIBUTORS
BEN PATRICK JOHNSON
SCOTCH ELLIS LORING
|CHAPTER FIVE: THE DEADLIEST OF SINS|
A Cross Burning in Willacoochee
ROY KIRKLAND & DOUG SEBASTIAN
|CHAPTER SIX: HARVEY MILK (PART TWO)|
- MY NAME IS HARVEY MILK#
|CHAPTER SEVEN: WHAT DO I WANT?|
Personal or Professional Goals
| ARMANDO DIAZ
JOEL FRAZIER, M.D.
| KEVIN FREEL
KIERAN JAMES PROUT
|CHAPTER EIGHT: WHAT’S STOPPING ME?|
Our BELIEFS, THOUGHTS and CHOICES
Self-Talk, Self-Image and Goals
Labels and Limitations
8.1 “GOOD SPORTS” INTERVIEWS
|8.2 INTERVIEWS WITH POLICE, SOLDIERS
MICHAEL P CARNEY
|CHAPTER NINE: HOW DO I GET IT?|
Reprogramming, visualising and taking affirmative action
- Mind Control
- Thinking Traps & Comfort Zones
- Affirmative Action
- Thinking Traps & Comfort Zones
|CHAPTER TEN: MORE GLITTER – LESS BITTER|
ANDREW JAMES HASLAM
JAMES MICHAEL MCCRACKEN
|CHAPTER ELEVEN: HARVEY MILK (PART THREE)|
- HOPE WILL NEVER BE SILENT
The enduring legacy of Harvey Milk in the words of those he knew and those whose lives he influenced.
DUSTIN LANCE BLACK
GUS VAN SANT
|CHAPTER TWELVE: COME OUT, COME OUT…WHEREVER YOU ARE|
Some inspiring people who walk the path that was laid by Harvey Milk and his generation.
CLIVE HARVEY FOX
JOHN R. SELIG
MELISSA SUE ROBINSON
|APPPENDIX ONE: BIOGRAPHIES OF CONTRIBUTORS
APPENDIX TWO: RESOURCES, SUPPORT & USEFUL LINKS
APPENDIX THREE: GLOSSARY OF TERMS
|APPENDIX FOUR: INTRODUCING THE NBI WORKBOOK
|INTRODUCING THE NBI WORKBOOK|
Did anyone ever tell you that you have unending potential?
Even if they did, did you believe them?
Do you always miss out on that promotion at work? Is dating disastrous and do your romantic relationships derail? Does this sound familiar?!
So often, and this is not uncommon, people start with the premise that something is impossible to achieve, that things won’t go their way and that these negative outcomes are predetermined.
Well, of course they are predetermined! Not because these people are undeserving losers but because their inner dialogue is telling them that they will fail and this is outwardly reflected in their words and actions.
Wasn‘t it Henry Ford who famously said, “”Whether you think you can or whether you think you can’t, you’re right.”?
Many of us feel trapped in circumstances which make us unhappy or unfulfilled but resign ourselves to thinking that we are unworthy of more.
If the decisions that you are making – accepting an abusive relationship for example – are not bringing you happiness then you need to take a look at your self-concept. The belief that an abusive alliance is what you deserve, whether this be a bullying parent, partner, peer, spouse or a domineering work colleague, needs to be addressed.
Our BELIEFS inform our THOUGHTS, which in turn inform our CHOICES
Understanding the origin of your BELIEFS, challenging their accuracy and redefining those which are creating limiting THOUGHTS will empower and enable you to make CHOICES to say and do only those things which bring you closer to emotional, intellectual and spiritual fulfilment.
Since childhood, we have been conditioned to see the world and ourselves in terms of the attitudes and beliefs of those around us. The influence of parents and family in the early years has an immense and so often underestimated impact on the developing identity. We learn from their example and, as the first models of attitude and behaviour that we encounter, they have a moral obligation to offer a balanced view of the world and our place in it.
What this program does is to give you the tools to understand how self esteem determines the path you will take but that life need not be a self fulfilling prophecy when you improve your self-concept, drive out fear and embrace new challenges as opportunities to learn and grow, eliminate self imposed limitations and cease dependence on others to provide validity