OPEN LETTER TO ALL CONTRIBUTORS


 

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It has been some time since I made contact with you and perhaps you’ve forgotten how we are connected.

The reason for this email is to keep you informed of progress with my book, NEVER BLEND IN, and to assure you that your valued contribution has not been forgotten. Unfortunately, after a great deal of initial research and intensive interviewing, I hit a trying period of personal challenges; with redundancy, followed by a period of unemployment and then almost two years of commuting to a teaching job in Hampshire. I’m absolutely not complaining and definitely not making excuses but, as you will appreciate, life can so easily get in the way of really living.

It’s been a tough few years and I am disappointed in myself for not yet finishing this HARVEY MILK inspired book, but anyone who knows my long commute to work and exhausting schedule will understand. The sister campaign, GIVE ‘EM HOPE, however, has gone from strength to strength and follows Harvey Milk’s vision of inclusion and the celebration of diversity as well as fighting the common causes in a bid to achieve equality for all.

I’m relieved and breathing deeply, with a few weeks off work to focus on what matters most; to look at moving life in a better direction, by editing the book and promoting the campaign to a wider audience.

I am incredibly blessed to have had your support and I am immensely thankful for your patience and understanding. It is my hope to have the book edited in the next few weeks; at which point I will send your, probably long forgotten, words to you for approval (and perhaps addition).

With respect to you for all that you have done for this project and for all that you do in life to influence positive change in the world.

Please see below for more information on the project. Once again, thank you for your generous support and patience.

Best wishes, David E Watters

NBI ASSOCIATES –

Change Begins Within

http://www.nbiassociates.co.uk

NEVER BLEND IN WEBPAGE: http://www.nbiassociates.co.uk/Never-Blend-In.html

NEVER BLEND IN ON FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/groups/106980051654/

NEVER BLEND IN ON WORDPRESS: https://neverblendin.wordpress.com/

 

PROFESSIONAL EMAIL: DavidWatters@nbiassociates.co.uk

PERSONAL EMAIL: david.equality.watters@gmail.com

SKYPE: never.blend.in

 

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NEVER BLEND IN is the first in a potential series of books on achieving personal authenticity.

 

This ground-breaking, inspirational and vital book of exclusive celebrity and deeply personal non-celebrity interviews, is aimed primarily at a young lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or questioning audience.

 

The book, however, is also of value to educators, parents, family and mental health professionals seeking insight into the LGBTQ experience.

 

Role models from education, entertainment, law enforcement, medical and emergency services, politics, religion and sports have participated in this accessible and much needed discourse to illuminate the reader’s journey of self-discovery and to illustrate that living a life unlimited by labels will lead to personal, professional and spiritual fulfilment.

 

These candid stories and wise words are a powerful toolkit to encourage, inspire, uplift and give hope to those who need it most; those who may feel disenfranchised or who may lack self-belief.

 

Inspired by the life of Harvey Milk and hopefully still with a foreword by his patient nephew Stuart Milk, this book includes original and insightful interviews with actors Alan Cumming OBE (Cabaret, Spy Kids, The Good Wife), Stephen Fry (Peter’s Friends, Wilde), Anthony Rapp (Rent), Colton Ford (The Lair), Marcus Patrick (My Wife & Kids, CSI: Miami, Passions and Dancing With The Stars), Scotch Ellis Loring (Frasier, Malcolm in the Middle, 24, Alias, Touched by An Angel) and Adele Anderson (Fascinating Aida); key equality advocates, educators and influencers of policy Sue Sanders (Schools Out), Charles Robbins(CEO, The Trevor Project), Stephen Williams MP, Jack MacKenroth (Project Runway, Queens of Drag: NYC), Rabbi Denise Eger, Lt. Dan Choi and veteran human rights campaigner, Peter Tatchell; filmmaker Parvez Sharma (A Jihad for Love); musicians Darren Hayes (Savage Garden) and Levi Kreis (Tony Award winner for “Best Featured Actor in a Musical” for his role as Jerry Lee Lewis in the Broadway musical Million Dollar Quartet) ; sporting greats, NBA star, John Amaechi (author of Man in the Middle) and Olympic swimmer Bruce Hayes; transgender trailblazers Calpernia Addams, the Rev David E. Weekley (author of In from the Wilderness) and Jamison Green (author of Becoming a Visible Man); Mental Health professionals, Gladeana McMahon, Antoine Spiteri and Dr. John Shafer; writers Tom Robb Smith (Child 44, The Secret Speech), Leslea Newman (A Letter to Harvey Milk), Linda Goldman (Coming Out, Coming In), Michael Musto (The Village Voice);  Del Shores (Sordid Lives) and Stephanie Silberstein (Shades of Gay); representatives from organizations including The Trevor Project, The Harvey Milk Foundation, PFLAG, FireFLAG, The Gay Police Association and SchoolsOut and colleagues of Harvey Milk; Anne Kronenberg, Daniel Nicoletta and Tom Ammiano.

 

These stories of living authentically, with dignity and unlimited by labels will help readers to understand how self-esteem determines the path they choose and that life need not be a self-fulfilling prophecy when they improve 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.

 

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About neverblendin

David Watters, a graduate of Napier University, Edinburgh, Trinity College of Music, London and the Institute of Education, University of London, has worked internationally within education and Educational Management for more than 20 years. He has taught extensively within many socially and culturally diverse settings; most recently as a Head of Performing Arts within Further Education. He is a personal and professional development associate with The Pacific Institute (www.pacificinstitute.co.uk), personal coach, freelance writer and founding member of NBI Associates. He is a writer on social equality issues, is a key player in the Equal Love Campaign UK and author of the forthcoming book, NEVER BLEND IN which features key voices from the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community and which aims to inspire and encourage those who may lack self-esteem or who question their validity. David is currently promoting a youtube campaign"Give 'em Hope"and is asking individuals, couples and groups to make and share videos telling about the benefits of living with personal authenticity. He has shared a platform with Stuart Milk and Peter Tatchell and is a supporter of 17-24-30, The Trevor Project, Schools Out, The Terrence Higgins Trust, The Albert Kennedy Trust and numerous others. His background in arts and education, combined with a solid understanding of Cognitive Behavioural Strategies, and his passion for Equality Advocacy drive every aspect of his work as a personal development facilitator, motivational speaker and writer. View all posts by neverblendin

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