So I think it’s been long enough that I should come out of the closet. Some of you may already be aware of a major project I have been working on to get off the ground called “The Diversity Project.” (This is also the reason I have been a little MIA.) The Diversity Project is first and foremost a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting Diversity, Education, Understanding and Compassion for not only the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) community but for anyone who has ever felt out of place or like they don’t fit in.
I launched the project on February 1st of this year and we have been getting some awesome attention. I was interviewed on CBC radio The Early Edition with host Rick Cluff, we’ve appeared in The Now, Tri-Cities News, Vancouver’s Xtra! and a few other publications including GayVancouver.com. One of the best things to come so far is the sponsorship from the local radio station The Beat 94.5. We have been working with them to create a PSA (Public Service Announcement) for the project to launch within the next month. I’ve heard it and I can tell you it’s AWESOME!
This is a quote from me explaining why I started this project:
“I started The Diversity Project because I felt like I needed to do something more for the community. I wanted to actively go out into the world and make a positive change on it and the people that I met. When I started this journey to create a Gay-Straight Alliance at my old high school I had no idea that it would impact my life so drastically. I feel like the more positive I am about the project the more great people I meet and the better everything is looking day by day. I can’t predict what the outcome will be for The Diversity Project but my hope is that it can help people in a positive way to create positive change in their lives and communities. I believe that education, understanding and compassion are the key to future generations living in a homophobic-free and diverse world. I made a promise to myself when this all started to never take no for an answer, there is always a way if you’re willing to work hard enough and put in the effort that it takes.”
Another reason I started this project was because back in September I lost my full time job and found myself lost in the world with no idea as to what I should do. I didn’t want to go back to serving or a job I didn’t care about simply to make money. I was watching about all those teen suicides in the U.S. in October when it hit me in the face, and thus The Diversity Project was born.
It’s now coming to the end of me living on unemployment insurance and I have no idea how I’m going to pay my rent or bills next month but I’m keeping faith that something will happen to help me in that department. What’s important to me right now is making sure this project takes off and that I can continue doing the work I am now. Every Tuesday and Thursday that I have my meeting with the kids in the GSA club I started all of my worries melt away into the background because for that hour that I’m there, I’m making a difference.
I would really appreciate if you reading this right now could help the project out by “Liking” us on Facebook, following us on Twitter, subscribe to us on YouTube and be sure to share us with all of your friends, maybe even make a donation! If you really like what I’m doing go crazy and send a letter to Ellen DeGeneres telling her about the project and how you think we’re awesome! Thanks everyone for your support! Now take a look at two videos I have for you. The first is a message from me and the second is the event I organized for Centennial SS in Coquitlam where I launched this project.
If you would like to contact me about the project e-mail me:
Message from Calan:
Performance event at Centennial SS: