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A Mildly Relevant (and explicit) Christmas Special

By: ORosieFactor Sunday December 19, 2010 1:36 pm

What are the holidays without Christmas Specials (besides “better off”)? Especially a Mildly Relevant Christmas Special from YouTube satirist Joe Baur?

It may not be Bing Crosby and David Bowie singing “Little Drummer Boy” (surely the most surreal holiday experience of MY childhood) – but it DOES have a catchy song you can download on iTunes (it even got an EXPLICIT tag)!

Without further ado:

 

Mildly Relevant View of the Rally

By: ORosieFactor Tuesday November 2, 2010 4:34 pm

Well, here it is – the documentary that I helped produce on the Rally to Restore Sanity last weekend.
 
The crew worked so hard and even though hampered by a budget that wouldn’t cover a meal at McDonalds and equipment that was “iffy” at best – I’m really proud of the end product.

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It Gets Better When?

By: ORosieFactor Monday October 25, 2010 10:49 pm

I have known Cheeks for quite some time now and his intelligence, wit, energy and positivity are a constant inspiration to me.   He is truly a gifted young man and I am so proud of him for sharing his personal experiences with LGBT youth.

He tells them not only that “it gets better” -  he dares to tell them, “when”.

Are Good Intentions Obscuring the Real Story?

By: ORosieFactor Friday October 1, 2010 8:17 pm

In the wake of the spate of suicides by LGBT youth, we have seen the media and celebrities both focusing on the supposed "fact" that these deaths were caused by bullying of gay youth and homophobia in general.

While there is certainly no place for the bullying of anyone regardless of race, color, creed, sex or sexual orientation acceptable in our society, and we are right to be outraged that it is a common occurrence, the simple truth is that bullying did not cause these deaths.

These deaths, like the thousands of suicides and attempted suicides that occurred on the very same days worldwide, were caused by ignorance, shame, apathy, stigma and a lack of infrastructure in our society to deal with mental illness.

According to the National Institute of Mental Heath (NIMH), "In 2007 (the latest year accurate statistics are available), suicide was the third leading cause of death for young people ages 15 to 24."

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) reports figures compiled by the World Health Organization show that, "Each year approximately one million people in the world die by suicide. This toll is higher than the total number of world deaths each year from war and homicide combined." The leading reporting agencies also estimate that there are 10-20 suicide attempts for every suicide completion.

Suicide is not a normal response to stress. It is often said that persons with severe mental illness will seek severe solutions. Suicide is most certainly a severe and abnormal solution to any problem. AFSP reports that "95% of college students who commit suicide suffer from mental illness, most commonly Major Depressive Disorder (MDD).   . . .

Defending Dr. Laura

By: ORosieFactor Saturday August 21, 2010 12:38 pm

Namecalling is childish and anyone who does it, defends it or excuses it is just…wrong. This is nothing new for Dr. Laura as she is wrong more times a day than a broken clock.

It doesn’t really matter where Dr. Laura takes her nutty ideas, radio/TV/internet because regardless of where she spews her venom she’s still going to be paid 25% less than her white, male hatemongering counterparts and that’s just because she’s a "c" word. (Maybe I just should have use THE word, Dr. Laura would have – just to make a point of course).

Multi-media artist Cheeks opens up the discussion in his own unique style.

Don’t Be A Dick

By: ORosieFactor Wednesday August 18, 2010 2:20 pm

Multi-media artist Cheeks addresses the reaction to the Prop 8 ruling in West Hollywood’s predominantly young, gay male community.