I Give a Damn. Do You?

by - April 02, 2010

So, I don't know how much news stuff you guys follow. I personally follow a lot of different news sites. That doesn't mean, however, that I know everything that's going on in the state I work in, the country or the world. I just like to have a general knowledge of what's going on.

Getting slightly off topic... it actually really bugs me when people hear/see/read something, whether it's political/sports/local/national, and they don't know what it is so they automatically call or text me to ask and then if I don't know they get mad. If I had a dollar for every time I've heard, "You work in the news. You should know!", or something along those lines, I'd have a pretty nice chunk of change.

Back to the point, here's something I have noticed recently, via Yahoo news, the AP wire, someone's blog, etc. A lot of celebrities are coming out of the closet so to speak. Not that it was that much of a surprise, but Ricky Martin just came out a few days ago, and just this morning I stumbled on this headline:

So I clicked on it, like I'm sure you'll do, to discover that Paquin has announced she's bisexual through a public service announcement for Cyndi Lauper's Give a Damn Campaign. It's a campaign to raise awareness of hate crimes against people who are of sexual orientations other than heterosexuality.

I'm not going to get into my opinion on sexual preferences. I'm straight. I like men. I have a wonderful boyfriend. But that doesn't mean I'm not supportive of this cause, and I think that everyone knows and/or cares about someone who has already suffered or could possibly suffer from this type of crime.

Your sexuality is your business, just as my sexuality is my business. We all have to face the consequences of our choices including our choices of who to love, but being the victim of a hate crime shouldn't be one of those consequences.

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  1. Wait, so you don't get access to a secret underground network of news once you start working in the news? :(

  2. First of all, Anna Paquin is bi? I'm pretty sure I called that somewhere before now. :) Lol.

    Secondly, treat people like they're people. Sexual orientation doesn't make them any less human, you know?

  3. Richard: Unless you want to consider "tip" callers or staticky police scanners that get stuck on the ambulance channel a news service... nope. We rely on ourselves for local stuff and national wires for national stuff.

    Christina: It didn't surprise me that she was, just that she announced it. Anna Paquin is usually loathe to talk about her personal life, and she chose a very "loud" way of opening up her closet for the world to see.