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Ricky Martin, Elton John and Wanda Sykes Help Fight Hate Crimes


Cyndi Lauper called on some famous friends, including Ricky Martin, Elton John and Idina Menzel, to help fight hate crimes as part of her LGBT-inclusive "Give a Damn" campaign.

"Whenever I hear about a hate crime, I am shocked and saddened," insists John, while Martin continues, "One of these acts of violence and intimidation occurs approximately every hour of every day."

Lesbian comedienne Wanda Sykes jumps in, telling the audience, "Imagine walking down the street and wondering if this is the day that you will be beaten up or even killed simply because of who you are." Actress Rachael Harris then introduces the gay angle, "Gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people constantly face this fear, sometimes with devastating results." The group concludes by urging the public to pay attention and "Give a Damn" to stop the hate.

"We as parents, as people, as a nation need to stand up and say enough is enough. We will not tolerate hate any longer,” said Lauper in a press statement. “Hate is learned and we need to teach our children that being different is okay."

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  1. I applaud this video as a tool to increase public awareness of bullying - which I'd guess affects almost every single GLBT child.

    Now all I want is for Ricky to give up that homie-bad-ink look. Yeesh.

    Posted by: Steve | Oct 5, 2010 10:21:36 AM

  2. Naked Ricky with more (virtual) ink:

    Ricky Martin Intro Backdrop

    Posted by: Matt | Oct 5, 2010 10:40:25 AM

  3. I appreciate Ricky Martin's participation and do find him sexy, but couldn't he put a shirt on before he filmed this? It just looks kinda silly to film a PSA in a wifey.

    Posted by: Dave | Oct 5, 2010 10:59:13 AM

  4. Can't Elton get some money from Rush Limbaugh and Eminem to help fund stuff like this? He's so chummy with homophobes.

    Posted by: Roscoe | Oct 5, 2010 11:31:12 AM

  5. It is good these videos are now made. It is important society stands against (all kinds of) hate crimes.

    Posted by: Matt26 | Oct 5, 2010 11:44:07 AM

  6. Yes, Roscoe. It was all good except for Elton. Why do we continue to consider his voice as one that represents the GLBT community?

    Posted by: randall | Oct 5, 2010 12:09:11 PM

  7. Fuck Elton John! Doesn't he know he has directly profited from homophobia!? What a fucking hypocritical ass bag! ARG!

    Posted by: Mr. E | Oct 5, 2010 12:13:10 PM

  8. Ricky Martin should start wearing real shirts (or no shirt at all). That tank focuses too much attention on those so-so tats.

    Also, I'm kind of tired of Elton John. Performing for Rush Limbaugh - who is a major and very vocal enemy - should have never happened, and I wouldn't mind if he was shunned for that.

    Posted by: Joe | Oct 5, 2010 2:29:33 PM

  9. I knew that if I clicked through to see the comments I'd inevitably find a few queens too concerned about ink and looking thugish to really applaud these celebrities for speaking out. Thank you, Towleroad commenters, for not disappointing our community.

    Posted by: sugarrhill | Oct 5, 2010 3:07:59 PM

  10. Bigotry of all kinds and types will never end until the State and Federal Governments start prosecuting the Religious leaders that preach these hate speech sermons every week in their churches. Naturally, if they do, many of the churches will go out of business because their members only support them because they DO preach the hatred that the members want to hear. After all, hatred is bred in the churches because that is all they have to offer their members. Take away the hate, and what is left? Absolutely nothing.

    Posted by: Jerry6 | Oct 6, 2010 9:22:02 PM

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