I only made one really serious resolution this year. To do as much as I can to try to stop gay kids, and other children, from being mercilessly bullied in our schools.
But what to do? How do you get people to understand what's really going on? How do you get schools to take the problem seriously? And of course, and above all, how do you save the kids? And punish the guilty. All of them.
Then I saw that the British government is trying to do something about the problem.....by issuing this anti-bullying advisory to all schools in Britain.
"The advisory said that students who taunt gays need to be disciplined and that if detentions and suspensions do not work police should be called in to deal with the problem. It also reminds schools that homophobia is a crime."
"It further suggests that schools set up online reporting systems to allow pupils and parents to make referrals direct if they feel the school is not taking the issue seriously."
And I was ashamed to be a Canadian.
How lucky those gay kids in Britain are to have a government that cares about them. Instead of a government like Stephen Harper and his theocons who HATE them.
Harper and his evil gang of thugs have opposed every measure designed to make our schools safer and happier for gay children. Harper believes that homosexuality is a behaviour rather than an orientation.
Like so many other morally bankrupt Canadians he probably thinks that a little pain in the playground can straighten a boy out. Instead of destroying him.
That's why there are so many bullies in Canada. And so many victims. If you want to know how bad our bully problem is just read this. And scroll down to the red and blue charts.
Isn't that great? Canada's SHAME. What does it say about the kind of people we really are?
I don't know if it's the macho bullshit left over from our wilderness and colonial past. Or the thug part of our hockey culture. Or the kind of fucked up thinking that believes you can make a man out of a boy by torturing him. But something sure STINKS in this country.
What's the good of fighting The Great War on Terror in Afghanistan? When thousands and thousands of Canadian children are terrorized every day?
And even the gay community can't do much about it.....because we've been worn down and impoverished by other battles. So gay kids in Britain have all kinds of anti-bullying sites..... like this one
And our kids only got this...
So little....so humble....so depressing.
Unfortunately until we can get rid of this homophobic Harper government.... and the monstrous religious fanatics are told to stay out of our schools.
Our poor children are going to have to help and save themselves.
And many will die. Or be damaged beyond repair. But a good way to start is doing what this kid did....
It's not much. And of course it's a little more complicated for gay kids. When talking about why they're bullying you...... can be the same as coming out.
But it's a start. And at least the ad was Canadian. We just have to do so much more.
As I said before....if we can't even protect our children.
What kind of a country are we?