Fans of "The Stuph File Program" and also of my old radio gig, know Ben Patrick Johnson as "the voice" of the show. He is an amazing L.A. based voice talent, plus he is an author, activist and over the years he's also become a good friend.
Ben put together a touching video that speaks from his heart about taunting and discrimination. I urge you to see it and pass it along, because if there's anything I've learned, it's that you don't have to be a member of a particular group in order to feel it's pain. History has shown that if it can happen to any group, it can happen to you too. This in the wake a recent suicide of a young man. Before you check out the encoded video, here is Ben's preamble, in his own words:
"There has been much reporting recently about gay teen suicides following taunting or abuse. Whether there's a sudden uptick in incidents or whether a heightened sensitivity to the subject matter has caused news outlets to run more stories is a matter for discussion. But many of us in America, and perhaps most surprisingly in the gay community, are seeing the magnitude of this problem for the first time. Some of us have been struggling with how to respond. Journalist Dan Savage came up with an idea. It's fantastic, even if it's just a jumping-off point. He calls it the IT GETS BETTER Campaign.
He's encouraged adult lesbians, gay, bisexuals and transgenders to post videos on YouTube talking directly to LGBT teens, especially those who feel trapped in bad situations. Dan asked us to talk to the teens about the various traumas around being gay we faced growing up, and how we now have rich adult lives."
So now that you've seen his words, hear his voice:
That's the Stuph - the way I see it