Mike Manning, the bi guy from Real World DC, in January posed for photographer Adam Bouska’s NOH8 Campaign, joining some 4,000 souls who’ve dealt with ripping duct tape off their bare skin. So inspired by Bouska’s work, he’s now going to copy the entire project.
Manning is planning his own “End Hate Campaign” — which, depending on how you look at things, will either compete with or compliment Bouska’s work.
Why is Mike launching his own project? Aside from all the activist fuzzies he’s feeling after interning with HRC? Because “we can’t use the trademarked NOH8 design … so we’re creating our own,” he writes on Facebook. So his idea will be “customized” and “with a few changes. … [E]veryone will write ‘I want to End Hate___’ and then write something about their own lives. (i.e. For my brother, because of my mom, because it’s wrong, etc.)”
So how will Mike’s be different? “It will be colored tape and the personal sign. Then afterwards we will make it into a video, put it on Youtube, and everyone participating will change their FB profile pics to the End Hate pic. And everyone can make their own videos and pics and participate.”
Asks Mike of his Facebook fans: “How does that sound?” It sounds brilliant! So brilliant Adam Bouska, uh, already did it. But hey, to each his own.
Mike’s “story” is part of what actually inspires people to think again about LGBT-issues. It is a helpful part of the cultural conversation.
+70% of people with FaceBook Accounts support our equality – because they are under the age of 30. I hope he goes beyond the Facebook gimmick and tries something more meaningful. I never saw the show, but I think he’s a “gay-Christian.” Christianity is still the primary source of bigotry in America. Maybe he could speak up in that community.
Parents are another story. His Mom should talk to other Moms and teach them about love.
@MikeCManning: Assuming this comment is legit . . . Do YOU believe HRC is effective? If so, why?
HRC has spent +$550 million during the last 30 years and they don’t have much to show for it. They earn a good living, but they have spent the majority of their funds on lobbying, and we’ve never passed a single law in the US Congress. (Holding the Defense Budget hostage to get the Hate Crimes Bill approved is not affirmative passage.)
I’d like to hear your thoughts.
@MikeCManning: I simply asked if HRC was effective. Your answer was “they’re taking me around to speak.” Enjoy your travels, that should be fun.
I conclude from your comments that you don’t actually believe HRC is effective. I guess if any of us donate to HRC, it would help pay your travel expenses. Do you have to share a room with Joe?
Well said, both of you.
We need to encourage anyone who is willing to “come out” and be proud of it. I hope Mike’s story continues because it’s this type of sharing that can change minds.
I raised the issue of HRC’s effectiveness because of Mike’s recent experience working there. He chose not to answer that question and it’s understandable – he’s still working with them. Fair enough.
While I share the belief that HRC is almost completely ineffective, it doesn’t mean that I do nothing. Many of us gave up on HRC years ago, recognizing they were inept and that there wasn’t a “political solution” to our equality.
There are many ways to effect change – the most important way is to change the cultural conversation and to get people to join us. I hope Mike’s projects add to that equation.