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YOUR SUPPORT IS INVALUABLE



Hello hello
Just a quick message of thanks to those who’ve generously written words of support for my NATIONAL DIVERSITY AWARD nomination.
Each endorsement helps in the shortlisting process so if you have 2 minutes to spare, please leave your endorsement here: 

https://nominate.nationaldiversityawards.co.uk/Nominate/Endorse/31145?name=David+Watters


DEAD DONKEY FOR SALE – #RND2017


We had a lot of fun for Red Nose Day, although I’m not sure we raised a lot of money. We did bring our school community together and smiling students are worth all the hard work. 


I’m thinking that I should perhaps be more creative next time and follow this boys lead:


A young lad buys a donkey for £100, but when the farmer delivers it, the donkey is dead and the farmer has spent the money. 
“I’ll take it anyway and raffle it off” says the boy. 
“You can’t raffle a dead donkey” says the farmer.
“Yes I can, I just won’t tell them it’s dead” says the boy. 
A month later the boy meets the farmer at a market and he asked what happened with the raffle. 
“I sold 500 tickets at £2 a ticket and made £900 profit!” 
“Didn’t anyone complain?” says the farmer. 
“Yes”, the kid replies 

“Just the guy who won… so I gave him his £2 back”. 
The kid is now an investment banker.


ALTRUISTIC ALLIES MATTER



SUPER SHERRI SUNDAY returns tomorrow morning but this time it won’t be a Sherri Song. What? What am I telling you? Well, tomorrow Sherri will be bringing you something a little different. This week, Sherri will be talking to us directly from the heart and you’ll be moved by her words of wisdom, compassion and humanity. In the meantime, as you wait, please enjoy and share these Sherri Songs from our playlist: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLCnKRBUWJLxKWFXCEqWiSqrKGOpVOPaqY


TIRED OF WINNING?


Trump Administration (60 Days):
❌ Draining the Swamp

❌ Muslim Ban I

❌ Muslim Ban II

❌ Defeating ISIS

❌ Locking “Her” Up

❌ Not Going on Vacation

❌ Not Golfing

❌ Not Collecting a Paycheck 

❌ Not Giving His Kids Security Clearance

❌ Building a Wall

❌ Making Mexico Pay for the Wall

❌ Repealing Obamacare

❌ Replacing Obamacare


LOST FOR WORDS @NDAwards ENDORSEMENT


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Anyone who knows me, knows that I’m never stuck for words but this endorsement from Sherri Gray, a dedicated equality advocate, songwriter and therapist who has gifted our campaign with numerous videos, has me at a loss for what to say. It’s difficult to comprehend that someone can think and feel this way but I will stay grounded and not let my ego inflate and carry me away!
 
Thank you Sherri.
 
Wednesday, March 22, 2017 – “I am a 76 year old peaceful activist myself so I learned about David Watters’ work a few years ago when I wrote a song in favor of marriage equality for my niece and her (then) fiancee. I’m also a licensed, very experienced therapist who has worked with many LGBT clients in my practice, so I became more active in my advocacy and created even more music relating to the shaming and discrimination this community experiences. The point is, one becomes quite familiar with the names of other folks who work for equality–and even if you’ve not officially ‘met’ them, you definitely feel a connection. Especially with social media, you can find out ‘who’ is working on ‘what’ issues and ‘where in the world they are’. As David says, our work can be very tiring, time-consuming, and exasperating. But I know, just for myself, I cannot NOT do it! There is a ‘drive’ inside you that keeps you “in the trenches, no matter what”. I believe David Watters has that internal motivation. As I began to learn more about him, I was in awe of how in the world he crammed so much into a single day. (As a therapist, I hoped he was taking at least SOME time to kick back and relax). Then I found out that he has been involved in diversity training and fundraising for a plethora of community causes for the past quarter of a century…so i figured he must be a human being who has learned to incorporate common sense and ‘balance’ into his life! I no longer worry about his getting ‘burnout’ — Obviously, his path is working well for him! I’m pretty skilled intuitively, and though I’ve not met this gentleman face-to-face, I admit I have a kind of “motherly affection” for him. I have read his posts on “Give Em Hope” and “Never Blend In”, watched his videos, seen news media stories about him and his work, and I am convinced that David Watters is truly ‘The Real Deal’. I don’t believe there is a phony bone in his body–he is “authentic” — what you see is what you get. It goes without saying that he is bright, energetic, handsome, articulate, and talented. He’s a fantastic motivator, and I know his students adore him. Beyond that, the comments on his sites expressing admiration and gratitude for his efforts are endless. People all over the world appreciate what dear David is doing for marginalized populations. He works for EVERYONE who has experienced ANY type of bullying or abuse…and he does so cheerfully, with patience, compassion, and professionalism. Yes, David has featured my LGBT-related songs on his site, but I promise you, even if he hadn’t, I would be writing this endorsement of his deservingness for your Positive Role Model Award. My training is in Psychology, and one of my favorite ‘virtual mentors’ is a gentleman named Albert Bandura, who developed the theory of “Modeling Behavior”. We humans are a social family, and we truly do learn to live in our world largely by watching others. I would be supremely happy for my children and grandchildren to be around David Watters on a daily basis, and, eventually, exhibit his determination, strength of character, and intelligence, as he pursues his daily mission to make our world a better place for every single man, woman, and child. So, we have actual, quantifiable evidence that David Watters does superb work–in many areas–with, and for many people. He is ‘wise beyond his years’, in my opinion — generous with his time and energy, but not a ‘pushover’. He is extremely serious about this ‘Equality Stuff’ — it’s not a ‘whim’ for him — it’s his life! I genuinely sense that, and I totally understand his commitment. But my final words will be about his heartspace. I don’t believe your Positive Role Model Award could be in the hands of anyone more worthy of it than David Watters. His life experiences, his track record, and his current work speak for themselves. He lives his life in a mature, responsible, balanced manner. He has earned the love and respect of folks all over our planet, but, with humility, always finds a way to give credit to someone else. A role model is someone about whom we elders whisper into young folks’ ears, “Psssst… watch that one… there’s someone from whom you can learn how to live a good life.” Then I’d nudge that young person to just follow wonderful DW around for a day or so…and my guess is, the young person would come back to me and say something like, “You were right, Sherri…he is everything you said he is. I can understand why he received that Positive Role Model National Diversity Award in 2017!” OH…and that heartspace I mentioned… that’s the foundation for it all. David Watters’ heart is big enough to love this whole wide world. I see it, and I hope you do too:). Thank you for celebrating diversity and unity! (about my ‘details’ — you have my name and email, I’m on Facebook,I have a youtube site, I live in Nashville TN, USA. If you require address and phone # or need to speak w/me, pls send email and I’ll get back with you. Hope that’s enough.) “
 
You can leave an endorsement too, but don’t feel you have to write quite as much!
 

VOTES OF CONFIDENCE 



Thanks for these endorsements today. You know who you are and I know who you are and you know I know who you are but who am I?

No-one achieves change alone… 

https://neverblendin.wordpress.com/2017/03/20/no-one-achieves-change-alone/

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 – “It has been my joy to know and admire David for over 25 years now. His commitment to truth and and equality knows no bounds. Over the past decade his online campaign ‘Give ‘Em Hope’ has gone global, allowing the marginalised a voice and hope of liberty. Also his work in schools in the U.K , educating staff on diversity issues is groundbreaking during these frightening times for minorities in the community.”

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 – “David Watters has created a much needed and valued diversity offering that has made a huge difference. ”
Tuesday, March 21, 2017 – “David – you deserve this award for the reason that you are a voice for those who cannot speak up for themselves, you campaign to stand up for the communities that have to keep fighting to be heard, you’ve helped change history in campaigning for same sex marriages which you know is extremely close to my heart because of my uncle and his partner and basically you are just one truly loving caring person in this crazy world we live in and you never ever take a bow for all the peoples lives you have changed for the better, that’s why. You are amazing”

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 – “Because David, lives, loves and breathes equality. I can’t think of anyone I have ever meet that truly embodies respect care and love for all. He selflessly commits 100% to ensuring the world becomes a fairer, safer and more beautiful world, by spreading positive messages, sharing positive stories and guiding young people through lifes difficulties. He truly is a positive role model in every sense. ”

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 – “I was working as a Teaching Assistant when David Watters joined our school as the Performing Arts Teacher. Right from the start we formed a very good working relationship. I found him easy to work with, talk to, share my thoughts with, and we both shared a strong empathy for others. David never judges or criticises. He encourages, supports, praises, no matter who or what the situation. He sees positive alternatives to negative situations, thoughts, and feelings. He’s very forthcoming in gently teaching our students to think about others in an encouraging and positive way. He explains things clearly and with reason, in a way they’ll understand. He teaches students to value one another. Everyone is different, as he knows only too well and he acknowledges this and treats everyone as equals in everything he says and does. David doesn’t have to think before he speaks. Everything he says comes from a very soulful voice. He’s a natural. David is motivated to make changes and to be honest I don’t know where he gets the time and energy from. But he has the drive and enthusiasm that I haven’t seen in anyone ever before. He’s involved in so many projects, as well as teaching and having a private life. David deserves recognition for all the hard work he has put into all the different projects that he is passionate about. My words to sum up my co worker, my friend Mr David Watters are:- Caring Considerate Determined Encouraging Funny Hard Working Light Hearted Modest Non Judgemental Organised Patient Personal Passionate Sincere Understanding Witty I feel honoured to have known and worked with such an Ambassador. I wish David every success in all his future campaigns. You Get My Vote.”

Shortlisting requires supportive statements. Your endorsement can be left here: https://nominate.nationaldiversityawards.co.uk/Nominate/Endorse/31145?name=David+Watters


No-one achieves change alone…


 

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No-one achieves change alone but one person is all it takes to encourage others to believe that they are valid and valuable enough to use their voice.

David E. Watters, is perhaps best known as one of the Marriage Equality pioneers who challenged U.K. marriage laws at the European Court of Human Rights, making it possible for many thousands of couples to realise their romantic aspirations since the laws were changed.

Perhaps you know him as the founder of the internationally acclaimed Give ’em Hope Campaign but did you know that he is also a teacher, motivational speaker and writer; a passionate equality advocate, committed to enhancing the lives of young people and adults who may feel marginalised or limited by labels?

As a teacher, currently working within a Special Educational Needs setting, he is committed to developing the whole person through creatively challenging students to embrace their unique value, and that of others, to encourage them to fulfil their full potential.

For more than 25 years, he has consistently embedded social development and community engagement within his teaching, delivering diversity training and events; in the process, raising funds and/or awareness for the Terrence Higgins Trust, MacMillan Cancer Support, Teenage Cancer Trust, Ichthyosis Support Group, Solent NHS Trust, Enham, Animals Asia Foundation, the Meningitis Trust, The Bruce Trust, Brave Hearts, the British Red Cross, Andover Community Responder Team, amongst others.

He has won a Vodaphone World of Change Award and was nominated for an Excellence in Diversity Award 2015, for his contribution to enhancing the diversity agenda within education and for two European Diversity Awards because of his work with the Give ’em Hope Campaign.

The inclusive, inspirational and international Give ‘em Hope Campaign is an online Oral History initiative which utilises all available social networks to encourage and uplift those who doubt their validity, feel isolated or limited by labels, through the sharing of written and video testimonies.

Contributions for the campaign have come from all corners of the globe, from a diverse range of contributors of all ages, genders, races, faiths and sexualities. The topics covered have shone a light on the commonality of our human experience, regardless of the particular labels an initial first glance may imply.

The campaign was honoured at the National Diversity Awards 2014 when it won the Community Organisation Award (Multi-Strand).

Watters was a key player in the Equal Love Campaign UK; taking the British Government to the European Court of Human Rights in 2010 and successfully achieving Marriage Equality for same-sex couples in the United Kingdom.

As part of the Equal Love Campaign, spearheaded by veteran Human Rights campaigner Peter Tatchell, David E Watters and Richard J Hull were the second same-sex couple to file for a marriage license in Greenwich back in December 2010.

Their application, as anticipated, was refused and this prompted them, under the banner of the Equal Love Campaign, to take their case to the ECHR (European Court of Human Rights).

This they did alongside 7 other couples, both straight and gay, claiming unfair treatment in access to marriage and civil partnership within the UK.

When a case, such as this, is taken to the ECHR the British government have a limited timeframe in which to respond and take action.

As we now know, marriage equality, in terms of gay couples having access to civil marriage was achieved.

In a statement made prior to their own historic wedding in August last year, Peter Tatchell, who coordinated the Equal Love campaign from 2010 to 2013, noted:

 

“I am delighted that David and Richard are getting married and offer them my congratulations. Together with three other gay couples, they played a very important role in helping secure same-sex marriage and in winning public hearts and minds. I am so proud of them. They were great ambassadors for marriage equality. I wish them every happiness.”

When interviewed by Katie Oakes for ITV London News, this is what the couple had to say: https://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=NQVZIYJuIEs

David: “We are both thrilled to have played a part in successfully challenging the UK marriage laws and to have helped make it possible for others to  realise their romantic aspirations.

Our goal was never selfishly motivated and we always wanted, through our involvement with the Equal Love Campaign, to be a voice for others.

It has been hugely rewarding to see others take up the opportunity to marry or to “upgrade” their previous Civil Partnerships.

We have gone on an enriching personal journey which has meant talking to the media both nationally and internationally, in a bid to raise awareness, and this has had untold benefits to those who struggle to accept their sexuality or who live within cultures where they may face severe discrimination.

Publicly sharing our stories and taking part in challenging inequality is the only way that social progress can be made.

There is no longer a sense of gay shame and there is no shame in being gay. We are thankful to have played a part in changing the law and in challenging perceptions.

It was presumed that couples would immediately marry when the law changed but we decided to wait, to do it in our own way and in our own time.

The Equal Love Campaign taught me a great deal and has inspired me to continue striving for social change.”

I know how it can get, when you struggle, seemingly fruitlessly, against resistant forces and feel that your efforts are having no impact.

I know how important it is to develop patience, to be be creative, tireless and tenacious.

I also know how important it is to develop and implement self-care strategies so that you can balance your life, maintain a healthy and positive attitude and, when necessary, step back, relax, refresh and return galvanised for the next round.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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