However, my day took a remarkable twist.
Mid morning I received a phonecall to say that Sir Ian McKellen was en route to York to deliver an important message to 2 local schools and would I like to come along? In a very high pitched positive squeal, the poor person on the other end of the phone eventually got the jist that – YES I absolutely would love to come along.
So by 3pm in the afternoon, there I was….stood next to Sir Ian. Not wanting to miss an opportunity, I expertly picked up a copy of the It Gets Better book en route to the school in the hope Sir Ian would do us the great honour of signing the book. Sir Ian was only to happy to oblige & congratulate the Forum on our plan to make the Schools Book Donation an annual event. (Who knows, he might come back next year for more signings!)
On a more serious note, Sir Ian’s message to the Students and Staff was strong yet simple – we are all different! Some people wear glasses, some people are tall, some people have never been on a plane before, some people have brown hair, some people are gay. There is room for everyone BUT what there is no room for, is bullying!!!
For some, the effects of bullying can have a profound and long lasting impact. We all have a duty to take action and stamp out not just homophobic bullying but all forms of bullying. There simply is no place for it in our society.
By signing a pledge to ourselves, our schools, our workplaces, our families, our friends and ourselves, we can stamp it out.
So – what you waiting for…. listen to Sir Ian and sign the Stonewall Pledge today….
” I WILL NEVER BE A BYSTANDER TO BULLYING AND TEASING LANGUAGE. IF I HEAR IT, I WILL CALL IT OUT AND IF I CAN, I WILL STOP IT. BY ADDING MY NAME I PROMISE TO STAND UP FOR FAIRNESS, KINDNESS AND NEVER BE A BYSTANDER”