Saturday, January 3, 2015

YOU CAN RISE ABOVE, by Gary Reed Jr.

~You Can Rise Above, by Gary Reed Jr.
Michael, I really hope you're doing better now, and I know the pain you experienced must have been grueling. Having gone through something similar during middle school, I know it isn't a fun time, but thankfully there were people who care about me to help me when needed, as I'm sure there has been for you. The pic here, based on the episode "Flight to the Finish," shows a similar situation involving Scootaloo, who is constantly being bullied for having no cutie mark, but also being unable to fly. Thankfully, Rainbow Dash here tells her that no matter what they say, she can rise above it. I know you'll rise above it too, Michael. All the best.

Monday, December 8, 2014

CONFORM OR DEVIATE, by Lollipop

~Conform or Deviate, by Lollipop
"A lot of people at my school get bullied for acting outside of the stereotypical behaviour that suits their gender norm. It makes me angry that to this day people still expect and put pressure on us to act in particular ways according to our gender; for example, girls are expected to like shopping and fashion, and also to be less intelligent, while boys are expected to like sports and some consider themselves to be "not allowed" to cry.
I took this photograph as a part of my recent art project and as a way of saying, "You know, people don't have to conform to your ideals." To do it I put on a short-haired wig and painted on myself with highlighter and lipgloss (which was a mistake, really hard to get off, don't try it). The overall idea was to convey a sense of gender-neutrality; to say, it's okay to act the way you want to and your gender shouldn't dictate that."

Sunday, December 7, 2014

STOP THE HATE, by Ali Hayman

She walks around with pain in her heart
The hate she's faced has torn her self-esteem apart
They call her horrible names
And then laugh because to them it's all fun and games.
We are also a part of the human race
But hate is not all we face
There is more to me than my sexuality
Take for example my unique personality
All I want is to be treated with respect
Why is that so hard to accept?
We fight to have the same equal rights
And the right to marry the person we love
But hate looms over us like a dark cloud from above
Love conquers hate
We will win this fight while those who hate on us will be met with their fate
~Stop The Hate, by Ali Hayman
"My submission is a poem I wrote after I was bullied relentlessly for my sexual orientation it helped to write the poem and get out my feelings I had been dealing with for a long time that I almost bottled up inside of me."