Saturday, December 11, 2010

Give a little respect

One of my favourite groups since the 1980s is Erasure. They’ve just taken their 20-year old song, A Little Respect, and released a version called A Little Respect (HMI Redux) as a fundraiser for the Hetrick-Martin Institute and the True Colors Fund. The video is above.

The Hetrick-Marin Institute is the oldest and largest LGBTQ youth service organization in the US, and the home of the Harvey Milk High School in New York City: “The Hetrick-Martin Institute creates a safe and supportive environment in which lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth, ages 12 to 21, can reach their full potential.”

The True Colors Fund “was co-founded by Cyndi Lauper to inspire and engage everyone, especially straight people, to become active participants in the advancement of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender equality and to raise awareness about and bring an end to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth homelessness.”

The video features many of the youth from Hetrick-Martin, whose youth chorus also provides the backing vocals. I admit I don’t recognise the folks in the cameos (apart from Michael Musto), but they’re not really the point.

The song is available on iTunes (99 cents in the US, $1.79 in New Zealand; follow the link, click on “View in iTunes” and iTunes will take you to your country’s store). It’s a small donation—very small—but added up it can do a lot of good. I don’t often ask others to donate to good causes, but this is so little that even if you don’t like the song or Erasure, I ask you to buy the song anyway.

How great would it be if the song raised a lot of money? Imagine: Some at-risk youth, kids at much greater danger of experiencing violence, victimisation, substance abuse and suicide, might actually get a little respect—despite the best efforts of those who work hard to deny them even that. A Christmas miracle, indeed.

Soul, I hear you calling
Oh baby please give a little respect to me…

1 comment:

Roger Owen Green said...

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