Sometimes those who are different can make all the difference.
I purposely waited to publicize my response to seeing Selma. And after much thought, I still have “no words,” for lack of a better phrase to describe such a moving experience. However, there are words that came to the forefront of my thought, and I gladly share them with you: For me Selma is a reminder of the formidable human spirit, our strength, courage, unity, dignity, persistence, and Love. I am freshly inspired by and have utmost respect for leaders, then and now, who are seemingly born with a specific purpose and “take up the cross” for humanity. It served as a reminder that progress is forever unfolding, and that our human footsteps — sometimes blood, sweat, and tears — as well as our faith is necessary as we conscientiously move forward, ALL of us; no one left out. I pray that application of this thought will be considered as we continue to vote for laws that determine who should enjoy basic human rights and privileges, and the shared responsibilities that go along with those, in our communities/country/world.
Rhonda Key Youngblood
Alan Turing is a hero for the LGBT community. He stood alone, against unimaginable odds.
President, Human Rights Campaign
Nominations were announced for the 87th Annual Academy Wards and included
nods for LGBT – inclusive films.
The 87th Annual Academy Awards hosted by Neil Patrick Harris and produced by Craig Zadan and Neil Meron will air live Sunday, February 22 at 7pm EST/4pm PST on ABC.
Selma, based on the 1965 voting rights marches from Selma to Montgomery, picked up two OSCAR nominations in Best Picture and Music (Original Song). The film’s character ensemble features Bayard Rustin, an openly gay man who worked as an advocate for human rights. Rustin was a leading strategist for the civil rights movement from 1955 to 1968 and the chief organizer of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom where Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his historic “I Have a Dream” speech.
The Imitation Game’s Benedict Cumberbatch is OSCAR nominated in Actor in a Leading Role for his portrayal of Turing. The Imitation Game is also OSCAR nominated in Best Picture, Directing, Writing (adaptive screenplay), Film Editing, Music (Original Score), Production Design, and Actress in a Supporting Role for co-star Keira Knightley. “The Imitation Game is an incredible film that shows how hugely destructive anti-LGBT culture can be, and an important historical perspective that preserves LGBT history,” GLAAD President & CEO Sarah Kate Ellis said of the film.
The Beauty of Diversity
By E. T. Wolfe
From the February 10, 1997 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel
Suppose the rainbow was all one color, the garden one color, the mountains one size and shape, the forest one color, one height, one length of limb? Reality, God’s creation, is not like this. Spirit is expressed in diversity—in contrasts, different colors, shapes, hues. Diversity gives scenes beauty.
For many years I thought of people’s differentness from me as something to fear, something that could hurt me, and this state of thought produced constant intensity, defensive alertness, and competitive strife. The ideal solution? If everyone thought as I thought and acted as I acted, everything would be fine. Then I realized how boring and unnecessary so much in life would be if everyone were exactly like me! For the first time I became grateful for differences—different viewpoints, approaches, cultural and ethnic backgrounds. This diversity hints at the infinitude of the one Mind, one Love, one Life—our Father-Mother God. I recognized more fully the glory of God and His handiwork.
Then followed the most remarkable change in my thinking. I felt a oneness with God and thus with the universe and with my fellowman. This feeling of oneness brought a marvelous spiritual light and a warm sense of completeness—of being in and of God’s diverse universe.
In mathematics, the numeral 1 is different from 2, 2 from 3, and so forth, yet each is absolutely necessary to the practical use of arithmetic. Just so, each individual idea of God, regardless of how different, is absolutely essential in God’s kingdom. God “saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good” (Gen. 1:31). This absolute viewpoint is a law of annihilation to the hostility and conflict arising from the human mind’s fear of diversity.
- T. Wolfe
Vero Beach, Florida