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NEVER BLEND IN – DAVID E WATTERS


 

Harvey Milk and supporters children along with his openly GLBT nephew Stuart Milk.

Harvey Milk and supporters children along with his openly GLBT nephew Stuart Milk.

We, as a community, are under or misrepresented in the media and this impacts upon how individuals are perceived and treated by society. Positive, inspirational role models from the LGBT community can have an enormous impact on addressing this and can give hope to individuals who feel less valid and disenfranchised from society.

The “community” if such a thing exists is diverse but too many live in the shadows. My point, with this book, 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”.

Harvey Milk’s legacy, for me, is the growing number of proud LGBT individuals who refuse to live lives limited by the judgment of others.

We can be part of society without blending in. To me it means living with 100% authenticity (as Dr Phil or Oprah might say!). We shouldn’t compromise our identity to be accepted and everyone regardless of sexuality or gender identity has a right to fully live.

Life need not be a self-fulfilling prophecy and by recognizing 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….

 

EQUALITY, DIVERSITY, CULTURAL CHANGE - MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKER

EQUALITY, DIVERSITY, CULTURAL CHANGE – MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKER

 

The book sets out to highlight and challenge social perceptions of the LGBT community; to understand the causes of low self-esteem and suicide ideation felt by many LGBT individuals and, through a unique collection of inspirational interviews with well known and everyday people, to inspire and encourage the younger generation, or anyone questioning their validity, to lead a balanced, fulfilling and dignified life.

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 self- efficacy.

Openly LGBT and successful role model figures can play an enormous part in highlighting the wealth of possibilities available to young people. These people, who are successfully modelling admirable qualities and character traits such as determination, diligence, vision and consistent effort, can only serve to inspire and encourage the younger generation, or anyone questioning their validity, to lead a balanced, fulfilling and dignified life.

 

Notable voices in the book are Harvey’s colleagues, Anne Kronenberg and Danny Nicoletta; actors Stephen Fry and Alan Cumming; musician Darren Hayes (Savage Garden); Sordid Lives writer Del Shores; Michael Musto; filmmaker, Parvez Sharma; Calpernia Addams; NBA star John Amaechi and authors Lesléa Newman and Tom Rob Smith. 

 

For young people coming to terms with their sexuality it’s really important that they have positive, high achieving role models as a way of boosting their self esteem and confidence. This kind of book shares the experience of a very diverse group of LGBT people. Individual and collective experience offers the inspiration and motivation for LGBT people to do something worthwhile with their lives and live their dream. 

Peter Tatchell 

 

It’s no shame to get help and inspiration from others, which is why David Watters ‘Never Blend In’, is so timely.

Trisha Goddard  

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON DAVID WATTERS AND NEVER BLEND IN:

FACEBOOK:   https://www.facebook.com/groups/106980051654/

PRE- PUBLICITY

AMBIENTE.US, NEVER BLEND IN ARTICLES:http://www.ambiente.us/05509JohnAmaechi.html
http://www.ambiente.us/08009ChrisMason.html ANDhttp://www.ambiente.us/04510JackMackenroth.html  

      POLARI ON SPRINGS ARTICLE:http://www.polarimagazine.com/?p=794 

      PIRATE CAT RADIO (INTERVIEW  WITH CONTRIBUTOR SIMONE CAMPBELL, MARCH 2010):http://www.piratecatradio.com/   

MANCHESTER MOUTH (INTERVIEW APRIL 2010):http://www.manchestermouth.co.uk/index.php?action=content&content_id=27  

10thousand Couples LLC (ARTICLE MAY 2010):  http://10thousandcouples.com/issue/may-2010/article/never-blend-in 

INTERVIEW WITH KIERAN PROUT,  ’Reporting to you from outside of the closet’:  http://www.mediafire.com/?lghmymnbgan  

      NEVER BLEND IN IS CITED, BY ANTOINE SPITERI PhD, AS BEINGLITERATURE THAT GAVE BIRTH TO GAY EXILES:http://www.antoinespiteri.com/exile.htm 

BLOGS: 

WORDPRESS: https://neverblendin.wordpress.com/ 

MILK.COM: http://harvey.milk.com/forum/topics/prop-8-equality-and-other 

BLOG.HOLLYWOODPORTRAITARTIST.COM (James Michael McCracken):http://blog.hollywoodportraitartist.com/2009/04/11/interview-with-mr-david-watters-londonengland.aspx 

 

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BOYS DON’T CRY


NOT THAT YOU NEED TO KNOW BUT: I’ve just finished work; blooming parents evening, so I’m just heading home now. Some days I think it would be easier to sleep under my desk to save the hassle of going home. The plus side is that I have a sandwich and some treats to make me feel less resentful that my life and probably my soul have been sold to my employer!! Maybe I will watch a film on my iPod. I downloaded BOYS DON’T CRY – has anyone seen it?

Boys Don’t Cry is a 1999 American independent romantic drama film directed by Kimberly Peirce and co-written by Andy Bienen. The film is a dramatization of the real-life story of Brandon Teena, a trans man played in the film by Hilary Swank, who is beaten, raped and murdered by his male acquaintances after they discover he is anatomically female. The picture explores the themes of freedom, courage, identity and empowerment. The film was distributed by Fox Searchlight Pictures and was released theatrically in October 1999.

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Silent T?


The T in LGBT was NEVER silent – do I even have to mention Stonewall? Come on people!!! If we are united, we will not fail. #giveemhope

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INVITATION TO “GIVE ‘EM HOPE”: 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

The purpose of this campaign is to encourage the benefits of living authentically. My view is that 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 or something along these lines. Your story or your video can have such an impact and would be a welcomed addition to this campaign. Respect to you for all that you do. David E Watters

Here is a link to the fb group for more info: https://www.facebook.com/groups/GiveEmHope/


IN FROM THE WILDERNESS


The Rev. David Weekley has been an inspiring figure in my life for a number of years. His personal journey and considerable insight made him an ideal candidate for inclusion in this role model book. He is a guiding light, on what is often a dark path, for those who follow in his footsteps. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qSjfmhx2Otg  His wife, Deborah, is also, of course a great inspiration and I am so blessed to know them both.

Valued and inspirational NEVER BLEND IN contributor, David E. Weekley is an ordained United Methodist clergy. He received his BA in Psychology from Cleveland State University in 1976 and entered seminary at Boston University School of Theology, where he earned an MDiv in 1982. He has served churches in the Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference for twenty-eight years.

He has just published an incredibly valuable book of his own, IN FROM THE WILDERNESS.

The Rev. David Weekley: “I am very positive about sharing my story, because I believe it is the best way to help educate our society about transgender persons; there is so much misinformation out there, and fear, that it seems imperative to become active. Because some segments of the Church  are responsible for a portion of this misinformation and fear, it seems even more critical for others to hear a positive and personal faith story from a transgender person.”

ISBN#978-1-60899-544-8 WIPF and STOCK Publishers, 199 W. 8th Ave, Suite 3, Eugene, OR 97401

The Book is available now (February 24th at 2:30pm)!!!!!

By phone, email or fax….the cost is $18.00,

In another week it will on their web site, and in 6-8 weeks through Amazon, Barnes & Noble etc.

In From The Wilderness (She-R-Man), by, David E. Weekley/United Methodist Clergy

The stories of transgender people reach back to the beginnings of recorded history. At this particular point in time the psychiatric, medical, and secular worlds are beginning to appreciate the authenticity of Lesbian, Gay, Transgender, Bisexual, and Queer people. Sadly many Christian churches and denominations continue to oppress and vilify the LGTBQ community.. This is the story of a transgender man who has been an ordained elder in The United Methodist Church since 1984 and has quietly served his congregations for twenty-eight years before sharing his story and spiritual journey with his congregation, denomination, and the world. This is the story of a Transgender man, a Christian, an ordained minister, a loving husband and father~a human being. It is his challenge to his denomination and to all Christians and spiritual seekers to consider the truth of gender identity and sexual orientation as God given gifts.to be celebrated and embraced among all other gifts.

ISBN#978-1-60899-544-8
WIPF and STOCK Publishers, 199 W. 8th Ave, Suite 3, Eugene, OR 97401
Phone: (541)344-1528
FAX: (541)344-1506
Orders@wipfandstock.com
“Questions about whether a transgender pastor can have a successful ministry have been resoundingly answered in the affirmative in this story of three decades of effective and inspiring pastoral ministry, while keeping secret from the church and society his gender reassignment surgery.
Remarkable~courageous~encouraging!”

BISHOP CALVIN D. McCONNELL, Retired, Portland,OR

“From the time David was appointed my pastor in the 1980’s, to the compelling revelation of his challenging circumstances, he has sustained his integrity, his courageous, creative, inclusive ministry and hope-filled spirit. His personal story offers liberation to others trapped, either in their bodies or in gender roles defined by society.”

VELMA DUELL McCONNELL, Lay Pastoral Care, Portland, Oregon

“David Weekley shares his wilderness journey in this warm and honest autobiography. In the wilderness(both past and present), David has encountered deep loneliness, powerful mentoring and friendship, unbearable pain, and profound joy. Through it all, he has journeyed with a courage that will inspire courage in his readers. As a teenager, David could not speak of himself as “I” but only as “i.” He gradually learned to honor himself and to form deep and honest relationships, which have shaped his powerful and compassionate ministry with others. Thank you, David!”

MARY ELIZABETH MOORE, Boston University

THANK YOU TO DAVID AND TO HIS DEVOTED AND EQUALLY INSPIRATIONAL WIFE DEBORAH FOR ENHANCING MY LIFE, FOR LIVING AUTHENTICALLY AND WITH COURAGE.

MY LIFE IS RICHER THROUGH KNOWING YOU BOTH.

GOD BLESS, DAVID E . WATTERS

http://www.nbiassociates.co.uk

USEFUL LINK: http://transandfaith.wordpress.com/


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