It has only been one short week since a very special someone, whose name I must not divulge, nominated me for a National Diversity Award.
The endorsements are now what will help secure that award and that hoped for success will bring even greater credibility to my mission to encourage the celebration of diversity.
In the past week, I have received some of the most humbling endorsements from people across the world; many only know me through my presence on social networks, my constant cheerleading for the marginalised. It’s an obsession and it’s what, beyond anything else, gives my life meaning.
Here are some of the selected endorsements that I’ve received. Posted here to remind me that I’m doing ok. And by the way, you are doing more than ok too.
Thank you for all the love and support.
Votes and Endorsements
Tuesday, February 3, 2015 – “David has been a shining example of hard work,compassion, love and caring,not only for the lgbt community, but for all individuals who feel descriminated against and alone. He reaches out across the world to make a difference. He is inspiration personified!”
Monday, February 9, 2015 – “From the moment I read David Watter’s words on a Face Book post, I knew he would be a force to be reckoned with. His continuous support and encouragement is evident on his public pages, and in his private notes. David chooses to share most of his daily life with us and by doing so shows that he faces the same struggles we do. From a terrible commute, to a head cold and through to an equality march; his charm, charisma and true gift of belief that there is a place for everyone, David is the man I would love for our children to emulate. He truly is the example of “practice what you preach” All of us can learn from the glimpse into his life he offers daily. For our family, David has been a source of both information and inspiration. He has offered encouragement, support and advice to our daughter with her writing and has been an unending blessing to my husband and I as we learn to deal with our uniquely gifted son. Knowing that David is willing to provide so much of himself to those who need him is a comfort that almost cannot be described. Would that there were more men and women like him! If I were to choose someone to emulate, it would be David Watters, I try each day to recall something he has said and work to live out that truth.. Thank you David, for all you have done and continue to do in order to Give ‘Em Hope! ”
Sunday, February 8, 2015 – “David Watters is the most engaging person I know on FB. He seems to just bubble over with kind words, encouraging thoughts and seems to always think of the other person first. I know I always feel better after having a chat with David.”
Sunday, February 8, 2015 – “The sheer amount of work and time David has committed to achieving LGBT equality is staggering. I fully supported the Equal Love campaign in its efforts to achieve same sex-marriage, and David’s hard work no doubt contributed to this success. I’ve never been someone who’s afraid of being different – I’ve been proud of it, in fact – but many do and I can’t stress enough the value of that message – what David is doing by spreading it to people across the country, young and old, is of vital importance. The particular educational focus of David’s work is the key reason I’m voting for him above others. Sex education at my schools – primary and secondary – were awful when it came to LGBT matters. There was brief reference to gay sex in the form of warning men how they might be raped; there was nothing about consensual relationships, and no mention of lesbian, bisexual or transgender sex/relationships whatsoever! I am determined that the next generation receive a far better education, and David is contributing to this. I’m only too pleased to give him my vote.”
Saturday, February 7, 2015 – “Read his bio – David tells us what we need to know. He is the knowledgeable fellow when it comes to knowing about living as a gay man. Simply live as a man and the gay part will take care of itself. Your family giving you difficulties because if your “gayness”? David can help you either get them on your side or learn to live with them as they are. (wishing I could come up with more words to help David – I just can’t seem to find the words to tell people about my friend, David!)”
Saturday, February 7, 2015 – “www.shermanswilderness.org ”
Saturday, February 7, 2015 – “David Watters is a selfless advocate for transgender rights, and safety.”
Thursday, February 5, 2015 – “David has such passion for breaking down the barriers that exist within society – not just actual barriers but perceived ones as well. He is supportive, caring and friendly but also driven to face up to inequality of opportunity.I’m not sure if he knows this, but he was rather influential in my decision to come out as openly transgender, and at one level that decision changed my life, and at another it didn’t change it at all!I believe that David realises what many people in my situation don’t – that labels that stereotype people are psychologically damaging and unhealthy, and serve no purpose. The real thing is that sometimes the fear that arises from being labelled as something can be debilitating for the individual. David helped me break through that fear and after opening up to one and all about my need to live as a woman, I found that the wider community was very accepting; up to that point I had been afraid for over 40 years of not being accepted.David is a groundbreaking individual who really does believe in the person, not how they’ve been labelled by others. The time and effort that he puts into his equality programmes is amazing, and he single-handedly raises awareness of diversity and equality issues to a wider public.”
Thursday, February 5, 2015 – “David has a heart of gold and wants only good for those he supports and makes contact with. He is passionate about diversity and equality.”
Thursday, February 5, 2015 – “David has proved himself to be a role model to many diverse groups of people but his actions, not just spoken words. He gives his whole heart and spirit to help and to educate the world about equality,love, kindness, respect. In his efforts to follow in the footsteps of such great leaders as Harvey Milk and MLK,Jr., He shines above all by unselfishly giving hope to anyone who feels hopeless and alone. If anyone deserves this award, he certainly does!”
Thursday, February 5, 2015 – “The concise version of my reason for voting for David, he is a positive role model. If I have to elaborate, amongst his many personal traits he is, modest, patient, and caring. He also possesses the ability to listen to and communicate with people from all backgrounds and walks of live. He is an all round great guy and in my humble opinion I can not think of anyone who deserves the award more than him.”
Thursday, February 5, 2015 – “Nominating Mr. Watters because of the work he does in several Facebook and other web pages. Seems like everyday I find another page he’s done, where he’s helped another person, usually a young man or woman who couldn’t go home. Even if they believe in themselves, the rest of the family doesn’t believe in them.”
Wednesday, February 4, 2015 – “David is quite simply one of the most inspirational people I have ever met. He is a superb teacher, not only for his subject knowledge, but for his care and passion and his extraordinary ability to work with some incredibly judgemental children! Not only that, but his tireless work with Never Blend In and Give ‘Em Hope has given so much hope and support to people – and perhaps more importantly, a voice that they recognise to realise that they are not alone and that even if they cannot find support within their own lives, there is still support out there for them.”
Wednesday, February 4, 2015 – “Pioneer in International LGBT Social Media collectives. #NeverBlendIn”
Wednesday, February 4, 2015 – “Though I have never met David in person, and he is “just” a Facebook friend, he has had a profound influence on my life and the way I perceive people and situations.”
Tuesday, February 3, 2015 – “I am nominating David E. Watters for this award for the very simple reason that he speaks out on issues that others would prefer not to hear about. In spite of his rigorous work routine, he continues to support those who are different and down-trodden in our modern society. In an age where civil partnerships and gay marriage are widely accepted by most of society, many of those who these modern day institutions were designed to help find themselves marginalised by their own fears of being different. David reaches out to these people, he makes them believe in themselves as individuals, which is a wonderful achievement in itself. I believe that David knows his work will never be finished, that he must plough on helping every new and disenchanted, disillusioned, and disenfranchised soul that he comes across, in the hope of giving them a clearer and happier path forward to a complete and individual life.”
Tuesday, February 3, 2015 – “david to me is a positive role model in the LGBT comunity and beyond .He is nurturing supportive and a very positive person he does not discriminate in anyway . His role in the Give em hope campaine is evidance in its self for the good work he does but i feel he deserves an award in his own right ”
Endorse David E Watters for Role Model LGBT Award here: https://t.co/y61jCDU4vR