Millions of Americans wear purple on Spirit Day as a sign of support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth and to speak out against bullying. Spirit Day was started in 2010 by teenager Brittany McMillan as a response to the young people who had taken their own lives. Observed annually on October 20, individuals, schools, organizations, corporations, media professionals and celebrities wear purple, which symbolizes spirit on the rainbow flag. Getting involved is easy — participants are asked to simply “go purple” on October 20 as we work to create a world in which LGBT teens are celebrated and accepted for who they are.
Bullying of all kinds is a very prevalent theme in Take Me Out. Bullying from the popular guys to the new, awkward guy. Bullying in the form of homophobia and racism. The smarter guys bullying the dumber ones and vice versa. The self-righteous bullying those they deem to be living less ethically. It all goes to show that bullying is a cycle. Often people think that it starts in childhood, but sometimes kids learn this behavior from the adults around them. It’s reaching a fever pitch lately and, sadly, is resulting in extreme actions, like suicide.
What are you doing to prevent bullying or educate those around you of tolerance? One very popular movement to help with this is the “It Gets Better” Campaign run by The Trevor Project which was created by Dan Savage (advice columnist, writer, and activist) to inspire hope for young people facing harassment. Many celebrities and people of power have made videos with encouraging messages for this cause, including sporting teams. Several Major League Baseball teams have also contributed videos, which is encouraging, because it is widely known that most sports stars don’t come out or won’t until they have retired. Hopefully, these attitudes can change in the sports realm, too.
For more information on The Trevor Project and suicide help resources: http://www.thetrevorproject.org/
It Gets Better Baseball Videos:
Take Me Out
By Richard Greenberg
Directed by Matthew Randall
Produced by William D. Parker
Darren Lemming, the star center fielder of the world champion New York Empires, is young, rich, famous, talented, handsome and so convinced of his popularity that when he casually announces he’s gay, he assumes the news will be readily accepted by everyone. It isn’t.
Like a good ball game, Take Me Out offers the fans a winning combination of drama and suspense, memorable personalities (and physiques), and occasional agony alternating with bouts of exhilaration. True to Dominion Stage’s mission to remain “Anything But Predictable” this entertaining production is the perfect opportunity to take someone out.
NOTE: The production includes male nudity, strong language and adult situations.
Thursday, Oct 20 @ 8 p.m.
Friday, Oct 21 @ 8 p.m.
Saturday, Oct 22 @ 8 p.m.
Tickets are $18 in advance, $20 at the door. So make sure you visit the Dominion Stage website to buy your tickets now!