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INCLUSIVE CAMPAIGN TO CELEBRATE DIVERSITY AND PROMOTE LIVING LIFE UNLIMITED BY LABELS
I’m hoping that you’ll share your inspiring and positive energy with the world through my Give ‘em Hope Campaign; an inspirational online video initiative to inspire and uplift those who feel marginalised or isolated. We exist to bring hope to those who need it most.
The purpose of the campaign is to encourage the benefits of living authentically. We should not be limited by labels that are imposed by others, if these labels are negative and wrong; especially when it comes to stereotyping and when the result may be lowered self-esteem and a possible impact upon an individuals ability to fulfil their personal potential.
Make us a video or write about this. Your story or your video can have such an impact and would be a welcomed addition to this campaign. Here is a link to the fb group for more info: https://www.facebook.com/groups/GiveEmHope/
THE GIVE ‘EM HOPE CAMPAIGN
IS FOR EVERYONE -
INCLUSION IN ACTION
DELIVERING DIVERSITY DIFFERENTLY
Hi there Ellen.
At the risk of stalking you Ellen, being that I have followed your work for many years and have admired your equality advocacy and ability to live a truly successful and authentic life, I’m hoping that you’ll support my Give ‘em Hope Campaign by partnering and promoting the work that we do internationally to support the LGBTQ community and beyond.
The Give ‘em Hope Campaign is an inspirational online video initiative to inspire and uplift those who feel marginalized or isolated. We exist to bring hope to those who need it most.
The campaign was founded by David E Watters in early 2011 and has grown, with the support of numerous international cheerleaders and proactive participants. Stage Two of the campaign has included written stories of HOPE from those who have freed themselves from limiting labels and who can now celebrate their individuality.
We have successfully asked contributors to write their story or make and send a video to: DavidWatters@nbiassociates.co.uk
Here is a link to the fb group for more info: https://www.facebook.com/groups/GiveEmHope/
Please join us in publicizing this campaign and help us to continue helping many more people feel that their lives have value and purpose.
Best wishes, David Watters
NBI ASSOCIATES – Change Begins Within
PROFESSIONAL EMAIL: DavidWatters@nbiassociates.co.uk
PERSONAL EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org
AUTHOR – NEVER BLEND IN
Kindly shared with the Give ‘em Hope Campaign by our newest and most welcome brother, Gary R. Blaylock
A FATHERS DUTY
Written by Gary R. Blaylock
My name is “DADDY”, I have HIV and I am not ashamed, I am not a monster and I’m not society’s “little skeleton in the closet.” to be forgotten. The stigma that has been attached to HIV/AIDS is nothing more than an attack by society in order to try and control those of us that have been infected. I have noticed that the information and stigmas on HIV/AIDS around the world is as adverse as the people that are affected. I as an individual have been ignored and pushed aside. Society and the HIV/AIDS community acts the same way in this respect. I have been accused of being too loud and abrasive, to forth coming with my condition or (get this) unwilling to let things be. “It is not your place to tell people to get tested nor get educated and become active in the fight against this illness”.
Since I have been infected I have made friends from around the world. To make my point, here are a few examples, of the stigmas surrounding HIV/AIDS. (1.) Only gay or bi-sexual men can get HIV. (2.) It is a drug user’s problem, not mine,” I don’t do drugs”. (3.) Touching someone with HIV can make you sick. (4.) From Kenya; you can only get HIV if you’re a prostitute and sleep with white people. These are some of the things I have heard just this past year. I have talked to teachers, doctors, lawyers and other professionals whom after a ten question survey told me they thought they were smart. “When a person is taught wrong, they are smart wrong.” It is sometimes easier to teach someone who know nothing, than change the mind of someone who thinks they know everything.
I have 5 wonderful children and each of them touch my heart in their own unique way. I didn’t feel like a hero or superman any more it was just the opposite. The kids didn’t know what was wrong just that dad didn’t feel good and was always tired. I had really lost a lot of weight at first that along with the meds had made me only half a person. I felt that way most of the time as it was and if I wasn’t getting sick, I was so tired I couldn’t hardly do a thing, people who didn’t know what was going on would call me lazy and say I was an unfit father for not doing more for the kids, there wasn’t a day that went by I didn’t exhaust myself completely taking care of my kids. I have always worked and done my best for my family and now just getting out of bed some days was too much for me. The Ex and all our friends would say I’m fine I’m just trying to get sympathy or get them to do everything, so I could sit around and be lazy. The kids are smarter than people think and would ask me, “What is wrong daddy?” ”Why are you sick?”, “Why do people stay away from our house?” “Why have our friends stopped playing with us, and started calling us names and picking fights with us?” How do you tell them “Kids you have done nothing wrong.” “It is all daddies fault because I’m sick.” How do you look into the eyes of your kids and tell them any of it without wanting to hit someone or something. The depression was getting worse and worse by the day. The kids were miserable and unable or unwilling to even go outside most of the time for fear that the other kids in the neighborhood would start fights with them and call them names. My Duty as a father is to protect my kids. Now I have to protect them from me, from my illness or should I say the stigmas society has created. Telling a seven year old not to help when daddy cuts himself cooking or trying to keep a three year old out of your blood, when all they are trying to do is help their daddy and you push them away for their own safety to protect them. I still hear them crying in their rooms “cause daddy is mad for no reason.” “No one likes them anymore not even daddy.” You never hear anybody talking about that in the meetings or how to explain to a thirteen year old why she can’t tell her friends or wait until daddy gets better to have sleepovers and when she asks someone else about HIV/AIDS they tell her only gays and drug addicts get it so she is safe. The day she asked me if I was a drug user or gay about ripped out my heart.
My Duty as a father is the same as any other father out there that part is true. Make sure they are safe, watch over them, feed them and love them with all your heart. I do that every day for my kids, just not right there with them. I do it from an hour away cause until I moved out from where they still live. They hated life and starting to hate me. The neighbor kids now play with them and no longer make fun of them so they are happier, Isn’t that what all parents want for their kids to be happy and healthy, I know it is, so then tell me why do I feel like it is going to kill me every day I’m away from them and can’t hold them or love them. I have your answer “Society is still closed minded and undereducated about HIV/AIDS.”
I have been told to be quiet don’t tell people that I’m infected, that I have HIV/AIDS. I ask you, is that for my protection or theirs? I am now pushed to the point that I would scream it from the rooftops, if I thought people would just stop long enough to listen and realize. I’m just a dad who misses his kids and wants nothing more than to make them happy. Please I beg of you. Get educated, get tested and get involved. Let me be the father they need and let me do My Duty.
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“Everyone has questions about HIV. We are here for you, to answer your questions and offer support to you and your family. We know that children, parents, spouses and life partners of those that are infected are affected as well. People are scared and lost when they first get the news. ”How do I tell my wife, my kids or my parents? What will they do or say? Will they abandon me?” Your support system is there for you but who is there for them? We want you to know that we understand and we are here for all that are affected.
We are doing our best to provide everyone with the information and support they need to keep their heads up and stay strong. To us it does not matter if you have just found out you or a loved one has tested positive or it has been that way for years we are here for you all. The strongest of people needs help at some point in their lives, we are here.
We are working non-stop for all of you from chat rooms, blogs, information on several subjects, to taking your comments and suggestions. To make this a friendly home for all of us. Only by supporting each other can we as individuals and as a country move forward in educating everyone on to the severity of HIV and its impact on the World”.
One man can make a difference, but a small group can change the world!
Hi there. I’m hoping that you’ll share your inspiring and positive energy with the world through my Give ‘em Hope Campaign. The Give ‘em Hope Campaign is an inspirational online video initiative to inspire and uplift those who feel marginalised or isolated. We exist to bring hope to those who need it most. The campaign was founded by David E Watters in early 2011 and has grown, with the support of numerous international cheerleaders and proactive participants. Stage Two of the campaign has included written stories of HOPE from those who have freed themselves from limiting labels and who can now celebrate their individuality.
Write your story or make and send your video to: DavidWatters@nbiassociates.co.uk
Here is a link to the fb group for more info: https://www.facebook.com/groups/GiveEmHope/