Bullying Awareness Month: Diana’s Story

Written by Diana Fusella I was bullied for most of my childhood, except I didn’t even realize that’s what it was until I started reading the stories. I lead a very sheltered life as my parents were strict, so I was a bit naive to it all, I just thought that was the way things were.  At first I was bullied because of my nationality, even though I was born in Australia, my parents were born in Italy, so I {Read More}

We Are All Human

Written by Lara Antoine           3 men walk into a bar; A Russian, an American, and a Mexican. They all order a beer and sit down to drink. The Russian drinks his beer first then throws it out the window. The bartender asked him “why did he throw out his beer?” The Russian said, “he had a lot of those in his country.” The Mexican drinks his beer and throws it out the window too. The {Read More}

Interview With A Dancer

Interview by Dana Jacoviello It is a sad thing to have to say when people are so afraid to speak out on their experiences for fear of judgement or shame. The bullying stories can often lead to more bullying, but if we do not fight that fear, we are not able to help anybody else see that is OK to stand up for yourself. It is OK to speak out. It is at times we lose people for these reasons. {Read More}

A Mother’s Love: My Son Is Gay

Interview by Dana Jacoviello Many of us hear of heartbreaking stories of LGBTQ youth being thrown out of their homes and left homeless on the streets. In fact, there is a good portion of homeless youth due to this epidemic. Even as adults, the LGBTQ community is still struggling with acceptance and human rights as we see every day on the news and social media. There are a plethora of stories that we read on a regular basis. It occurs far {Read More}

Picking Up The Pieces

Anna Labor and Bellamy Young at Paley Fest   Like so many others I was bullied all through school, but it was middle school when it got really bad — all because of a rumor another girl decided to spread about me and a fellow friend. I never knew this girl very well ( I barely had any classes with her) but somehow she decided to spread a silly rumor and helped others make my life a living hell. Rumors {Read More}

Triumph Over the Bully

Photo Courtesy of Rita Parker Rita Parker is 26 years old and Founder and CEO of Keep True, which is a non-profit organization to provide affordable and accessible opportunities in the arts for military families. This is Rita’s heartbreaking story of being bullied through school and her triumph to the successful strong woman she is today! I am proud to call her a friend and an inspiration of strength. Mark Leitao: What made you want to share your story? Rita {Read More}

My Story by Anonymous

A Story Submitted by Anonymous with permission I wanted to share part of my story regarding my experience of bullying. At primary school I got bullied because I’m partly deaf. I used to have to wear hearing aids and a hat all the time. My bullies would take my hat off my head and knock my hearing aids out, call me names, and once pushed me in the local stream. Only one person ever stood up for me. I became {Read More}

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