MAKERS Honors Spirit Day
We couldn't dress our site in purple, but in honor of Spirit Day, a day in which people wear purple to show support for the LGBT youth whom have been victims of bullying, we've put together this playlist from some of our MAKERS sharing positivity for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities.
Ellen DeGeneres made sitcom history when her TV character came out of the closet in 1997, overcoming bullying to become the first-ever gay lead character on television. She's since continued to have a hugely successful and much loved career as a comedienne, host and actress. She shared with MAKERS her hope for a society in which we embrace individuality. "It would be lovely to celebrate our individuality and celebrate our uniqueness."
Labor activist Dolores Huerta, who has fought for the rights of farm workers, shared a powerful quote she lives by and her belief that there should be equality for all people, regardless of race, sex or sexual orientation-- "Respecting other people's rights is peace."
Breast cancer pioneer Dr. Susan Love recalled how she and her wife contributed to the fight for same-sex marriage when they realized that only one of them had rights as a parent to their daughter. "I had all the rights as a birth mother but Helen had none, so we came back and we sued that Helen would be able to adopt Kate, and it was close. I forget if it was 5-4 or 4-3, but it was a very close decision in our favor, and it was just wonderful."
Lastly, digital reporter Kara Swisher shared with MAKERS the very positive experience she's had being a gay woman in the field of journalism and how she is not alone. "Actually, there are a lot of lesbians in very high ranking positions in newspapers."
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