As a mother, I can only imagine how devastating it would be to lose a child. So I was shocked and saddened when I heard that several young people had taken their own lives recently after being bullied for being gay — or because people thought they were gay.
No one should ever feel so hopeless or tormented that they take their own life. Bullying of any kind, for any reason, is unacceptable. As adults, it’s our responsibility to create a safe environment for our children. That includes setting an example of respect for one another — no matter our differences.
That’s why I’m writing to you today. In the wake of these terrible tragedies, thousands of Americans have come together to share messages of encouragement and hope with LGBT youth across our country who might be having a hard time in school or in their communities. And I wanted to share with you the video that Barack recorded to join his voice with all those who have told their own personal stories:
Middle school and high school can be tough for any kid. But it can be especially wrenching if you’re taunted or harassed by your peers, if you are made to feel worthless or alone because you don’t look or act like everybody else. And if you’re in that situation, it can be hard to imagine that things will ever change. But they will.
If you’ve been bullied, you need to know that this is not your fault. There are adults — whether in your family, your school or your community — who can help. Most importantly, you need to know how special and valuable your life is not just to your family and friends but to the entire country. You truly have a bright future ahead of you.
If you’re a parent worried about your child being bullied, or a young person who’s being bullied by their peers and aren’t sure where to turn, you can learn more here:
Please take care of yourselves and of one another.
First Lady of the United States
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WHERE IS PRINCESS DIANA?
A (translated) Review by Prof. Rade Bozovic, Former Dean of the Philological Faculty of the University of Belgrade and presently Professor of Oriental Studies. He is a member of the Serbian Writers Union.
We have plenty of reasons for stating that Slobodan Radojev Mitrić is a skilled writer of true crime novels. In his book "Help! They’ve Kidnapped Me! Lady Di" he writes not a single unnecessary sentence nor does he give a any unnecessary description. In fact, the novel focuses above all on the dialogue that exemplarily fits every situation. When it needs to be lyrical, it is so; when it should be satirical, it is so; when deemed advisable for the dialogue to inform the reader, it does so. The dialogue is almost theatrical. The story line is skillfully guided to the end, which is not your standard happy ending of a crime story. Finally, the outcome is surprising and somewhat intriguing. Where is Princess Diana? Is she really dead? Moreover, what happened to her lover Dodi al–Fayed?
This short but very fast moving novel is not at all your ordinary run of the mill crime story. It is rather a smoothly rendered gift with criticism of the secret services that are obviously involved in the sinister actions of the underworld. For anyone with knowledge concerning the latter, Slobodan Radojev Mitric has succeeded in writing an interesting crime story.
Had I not predicted what road your Lady Di book would take – that it will become a world bestseller!
With pleasure, I read your press release about the appearance of your book in the United Kingdom. It is a natural approach, and translations in all countries of the world will pile up. I’m sure the book will enjoy the largest circulation in the world that an author has ever experienced.
For you, the ultimate joy and for the Serbian people a great honor to realize that it has such a powerful and spiritually strong personality in its ranks. So shall it be. I hope that here [in Serbia] institutions will ensure that the honor for writing this book will be given to the Serbian people. Because, you are the only person in the world worthy of representing our people; something that has not happened to Serbia since the days of Ivo Andric.
It was an honor for me to belong to the first Serbs, who personally received the book as a gift, for which I thank you with joy.
Permanently fascinated by all this, I remain,
Dusan Tesic Luzanski
P.S. David Strossmayer, added the following sentence to this appraisal: “I agree with everything you have said and have absolutely nothing to add to it, perhaps ‘AMEN’, LET IT BE In Hebrew.”