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HELLO ALL…HOPING THAT 2011 HAS STARTED WELL. I’D LOVE TO HEAR YOUR NEWS AND, IF YOU HAVE ANYTHING EQUALITY RELATED GOING ON PLEASE POST IT ON THE PAGE.
THE BOOK IS ALMOST DONE ( I KNOW I KEEP SAYING THAT!) AND NBI ASSOCIATES ARE OPEN FOR BUSINESS.
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HAVE A GREAT FEBRUARY … I PROMISE TO LEAVE YOU IN PEACE FOR ANOTHER MONTH!!! I APPRECIATE YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT.
BEST WISHES, DAVID
NEVER BLEND IN
29 January 2011: NBI Associates are now on Skype. Add us for free consultation call and ongoing one to one support. Skype Username: never.blend.in
28 January 2011: Recent interviews for the book, NEVER BLEND IN, include Parvez Sharma (A Jihad for Love) http://www.ajihadforlove.com/home.html, Assemblyman, Tom Ammiano http://www.tomammiano.com/, Lt. Dan Choi http://www.ltdanchoi.com/, photographer; Mike Ruiz http://www.mikeruiz.com/ and the incredibly inspirational and candid, Liza Friedlander http://www.lizaproductionsnyc.com/.
14 January 2011: David E. Watters has been selected, by Vodaphone, from 11,000 applicants to take part in the World of Difference Program. He has chosen to support The Albert Kennedy Trust.
The application involved writing a detailed proposal, a telephone interview and references from at least two referees; thanks go to Mike Colby & Stuart Milk (The Harvey Milk Foundation) and Charles Robbins (The Trevor Project) for supporting this successful application. WHY? READ HERE: http://neverblendin.wordpress.com/2011/01/29/why-i-support-the-albert-kennedy-trust/
1 January 2011: Recent articles for http://www.ambiente.us; THE TREVOR PROJECT | REPAIRING THE WORLDhttp://www.ambiente.us/010011Trevor.html and EQUAL LOVE CAMPAIGN UK – ECHR LEGAL BID ANNOUNCED http://www.ambiente.us/010011EqualLove.html
31 December 2010: Article in http://www.10thousandcouples.com ; Expanding Equal Love in 2011 UK Style http://10thousandcouples.com/issue/january-2011/article/expanding-equal-love-in-2011-uk-style
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We can be part of society without blending in. To me it means living with 100% authenticty (as Dr Phil might say!). We shouldn’t compromise our identity to be accepted but everyone regardless of sexuality or gender identity has a right to fully live.
The community if such a thing exists is diverse but too many live in the shadows. My point is that self worth determines our potential and that blending in is a direct result of feeling “less than”, feeling ashamed of how God (whatever that means to you) made you.
Our BELIEFS inform our THOUGHTS, which in turn inform our CHOICES
Life need not be a self-fulfilling prophecy and by recognising that our “truth” has been shaped through our relationships, our environment and our experiences, we can begin to change our perceptions, heighten our self-esteem and move toward our personal and professional goals with clear vision and purpose….
| As a parent bringing up a straight and a gay child, I think one of our messages to our children was ‘be yourself’ in all things – think for yourself, dress for yourself, and don’t be afraid to stand up and be recognized for who you are or what you believe in. Never Blend In is all of these positive messages.
| …we are in the fight for our very lives. NEVER BLEND IN says that we are committed to living out in the open, as we have a right to do. NEVER BLEND IN, means never settle for second best or the notion that we are “second class citizens” I will NEVER blend in.
| We all have to carve out our own paths in the world. We can’t follow another person’s path, and contrary to opinion, we can’t wear someone else’s shoes. We have our destiny and ours alone to shape and control. While I am straight, I have friends that are not, and I want them to have the opportunity to carve their own paths and wear their own shoes without being ashamed, shamed, or abused. I want them to be able to live in the world with the same rights as myself. I hope your book makes a small step in the direction of that world. I think it will.
| Never Blend In is about more than being gay, straight, or whatever orientation. It’s about the importance of building a life appropriate for you–the real you. Harvey Milk encouraged us to give EVERYONE hope, and this work does just that, showing people that they can live happily and well no matter WHO they are.
I do not think I could blend in for anything. I know I love it, not all do, but I do
MARY SAN MIGUEL KRAUS
I have always been separated from the rest..I have always forged my own path despite the obstacles of being different. The true leaders in all social realms are the individuals. These are the people who are not afraid of closed doors, untraveled paths, and at the end leaders into uncharted territory..Thank you for allowing us to tell our tale. I am and always have been comfortable in my own skin although I know it’s not a suit most would choose to wear..Thanks for giving me the forum to express that. Best of Luck to you…(I know you don’t need it)
| NBI is likely to be encouraging to anyone who isn’t ‘normal’, with the vital message, Be Youself – normality is at fault! “:o)
| Adolescence is an emotional minefield for any boy or girl. For gay teens, navigating that treacherous minefield can be especially challenging.
NEVER BLEND IN is a wildly valuable source of comfort, support and inspiration for young people at this most vulnerable time in their lives. I applaud David Watters for providing a book that offers a valuable lesson to all young people, regardless of gender or sexual orientation: be comfortable in your own skin, make the most of your own unique assets and never fall for the trap that “being like everybody else” is better, smarter or easier.
I highly recommend NEVER BLEND IN: THE LEGACY OF HARVEY MILK.
| NEVER BLEND IN is a perfect title because as the book it requires you to surmise your own individual independent meaning. For me..To NOT be a follower…to think for yourself, and to be authentic and pure.
JAMES MICHAEL McCRACKEN
NEVER BLEND IN is not a negative title, it is a defiant title. It is almost like an elder’s advice – ‘Hey, Kid, Whatever you do & however you live remember – “Never Blend In!”‘.
In the world of “Lost Hope” for the youth of the World this book stands as a beacon of light that others have traveled the road before. “Be true to yourself” & “Never Blend In”.
JOEL FRAZIER, M.D.
| Blending in is compromising in all areas of who we are, whether it’s sexuality or not.
SALLY LINDA RUSSELL
| I always feel inspired by someone everyday. I think we should learn something new each day from anywhere or anyone.I’m inspired, right now, by you; answering your intelligent questions Mr. David Watters. It’s not often I get to answer some great meaningful questions. Often it’s always about sex or training. So Bravo!!!
| “Never Blend In,” is so absolutely crucial to our very survival. For when we first discovered our difference, we believed we were alone. This is why statistically, gay teen suicide attempts are four times that of heterosexual youth, and for every completed suicide by a gay youth, there are between 100-200 attempts that are made by other gay teens. Astoundingly, one-third of ALL teenagers who commit suicide do so because they are gay. In America, we have had as many as 11 teenagers a day commit suicide due to their sexual orientation! “Never Blend In” provides a guiding light for all LGBT people (in fact, for all non-LGBT people as well) because it demonstrates that not only are you not alone, but that you too can rise to attain your most desired dreams. There is nothing and no one that can hold you back. Harvey Milk paved the way for us all to be able to be ourselves and to simultaneously provide a role model for others. Whether you are the parent, uncle, or cousin of a gay child, or friend of a gay adult, the stories presented here give a unique insight into the relationships we cherish. You do not need to be gay to be inspired by the lives of these amazing heroes, whose stories are told, often for the first and only time, in “Never Blend In.”