Thursday, March 10, 2011

Cousin Joey Goes to The White House Today! (Yes. THE White House.)

It's a proud day for our family. 

This morning, our cousin Joey has a meeting at The White House - yes, The White House.  As a Student Ambassador for GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network), he's bringing his personal story of bullying and his message of change right to President Obama himself.  He and others (including his mom, who introduced me and my husband) are part of today's White House Conference on Bullying Prevention.

For those who are new readers to the blog, Joey is actually my husband's cousin's son ... but we're all cousins in this family, regardless of whether we're related by marriage (like me) or blood (like the husband).  We only deal in seconds and thirds when it comes to food, and we're only removed geographically (although Facebook helps with that).

I've written about Joey and his story of extreme, horrific bullying (because he is gay, because at 16 he is living his life out loud) here on several occasions ("Be the Change," "One More, In the Name of Love").  He is an extraordinary, compassionate, and brave young man. 

You can watch the White House Conference on Bullying Prevention live at  I believe it begins at 10:35 a.m., but the White House site has the details. 

We're already incredibly proud of you, Joey, today and every day.  We love you and we always will.   

Now, go rock the House.

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Kate said...

Congratulations to Cousin Joey!!!!! It is, indeed, a proud day for your family. A visit to THE white house, and dealing with a very important issue.

Adam said...

Wow, that's amazing! I'm so excited for him. I wish I would have had the opportunity to participate in something like that, back in the day. I'm sure it will be an incredible experience for him. Many congrats to the family - and thank you for supporting him; I can't express how enormously important that is.

Melissa said...

Thanks, Kate and Adam! The family support has been extraordinary; we've rallied around him (it took some time for his dad to come around initially, but he's his biggest fan now). His parents are divorced and they've united with him on this too. It's provided some "teachable moments" for my 9 year old twins, too.

K A B L O O E Y said...

That's incredible! What an amazing kid. He is saving lives. I'm so glad he got to live to see the "it gets better" in his own life. Such a strong young man -- you must be so proud.

Elizabeth said...

How awesome!