Please Check Out My Featured Charity

I plan on changing charities from time to time, and my first choice for my new blog is the Trevor Project. LGBTQ rights is a subject close to my heart as several important people in my life are gay. Please read the following to learn a little more about the Trevor Project. Then, if you are able, please click on the link to the right and donate to this worthy cause.

The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth.


The Trevor Project is determined to end suicide among LGBTQ youth by providing life-saving and life-affirming resources including our nationwide, 24/7 crisis intervention lifeline, digital community and advocacy/educational programs that create a safe, supportive and positive environment for everyone.


A future where the possibilities, opportunities and dreams are the same for all youth, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.

Organizational Values


Inclusiveness is one of our mantras. We are rooted in the belief that everyone should be treated like a human being regardless of their sexual identity, gender, or race. We as an organization will not turn any one away who asks for help. We will show them compassion. And, in recruiting staff and volunteers we will reflect the diversity of our community.


We promise to deliver the best 24 hour 7 day a week telephone counseling for youth in crisis. We promise to create a safe space, through our lifeline and online, for LGBTQ youth. We promise to deliver our message of suicide prevention in schools throughout the country. We promise to hire a highly qualified and professional staff and providing them with incentives. We promise to operate our board, our committees, our lifeline, our offices and our events with the utmost integrity.


We have been and will continue to be pioneers in reaching out to youth in crisis; whether it’s in schools, on the lifeline or online. We will be stewards in nonprofit fundraising (events, Circle of Hope, direct mail campaigns). We will be innovative in our recruiting and retention of staff, volunteers, and board members.

History of The Trevor Project

The Trevor Project was founded by writer James Lecesne, director/producer Peggy Rajski and producer Randy Stone, creators of the 1994 Academy Award®-winning short film, Trevor, a comedy/drama about a gay 13-year-old boy who, when rejected by friends because of his sexuality, makes an attempt to take his life.

When Trevor was scheduled to air on HBO® in 1998, the filmmakers realized that some of the program’s young viewers might be facing the same kind of crisis as Trevor, and began to search for an appropriate support line to broadcast during the airing. They discovered that no such lifeline existed, and decided to dedicate themselves to forming what was, in their view, a much-needed resource: an organization to promote acceptance of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth, and to aid in crisis and suicide prevention among that group. Thus, The Trevor Project was born, and with seed funding provided by The Colin Higgins Foundation, The Trevor Lifeline was established and became the first and only nationwide, around-the-clock crisis and suicide prevention lifeline for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth.

Today, in addition to operating the crisis and suicide prevention lifeline, The Trevor Project provides online support to young people through the organization’s Web site, as well as lifesaving guidance and vital resources for educators and parents.

Daniel Radcliffe was honored by The Trevor Project with the Trevor Hero Award during “Trevor LIVE”, an annual show benefiting the life-saving work of The Trevor Project. Radcliffe has been involved with The Trevor Project since 2009, appearing in public service announcements and making public statements in support of LGBTQ youth. The Trevor Hero Award recognizes an individual who serves as an inspiration to sexual minority youth and increases visibility and understanding of the LGBTQ community. Also honored at the show were Ernst & Young LLP with the Trevor 2020 Award. The event’s presenting sponsor was ING.

Tattoo #4

Freshly inked!

So while I was on vacation in Ontario last week, I visited SideShow Tattoo in Georgetown. I had chosen the artist, Shantelle MacDoanld, a month or so before hand after looking at her portfolio online. We had been texting about the design for awhile, and she graciously offered to come in on her day off to work around my schedule!

We created the final design, putting all of the element’s together, once I was at the shop. Shantelle is a perfectionist, and the actual tattooing took about 2.5 hours. Luckily Shantelle was cool; we chatted and listened to my iPod (Rammstein and Metallica). The pain was pretty intense during the last 1/2 hour and I’m sure my finger impressions are still visible on the chair! But as you can see, the final result was worth it!! I couldn’t be happier.

It’s in the middle of healing right now…very itchy and still some areas with scabs. I should also point out that I was bent forward when the picture was taken, so the text is not actually curved, but in straight lines!

The design is based on the song “Rosenrot” (Rose-red in English) by the German band Rammstein. The song is one of my favorites, and has a great video. The line quoted translates as “Deep waters don’t run still”. To me, I feel this sums up the struggles we face on a daily basis…good vs evil, right and wrong, and what are essentially the so-called “deadly sins” (pride, lust, greed, wrath, gluttony, sloth/depression and envy). Because of this I chose to marry the images of the rose and barbed wire. And of course the color of the rose is a tribute to the name of the song quoted.

On a side note, Rose-red is the name of a character in one of Grimm Brothers’ fairy tales. Rose-red is the sister of Snow White. There are 2 Snow Whites in the Grimm Brothers’ stories: Schneewittchen (the one with the dwarves) and Schneeweißchen und Rosenrot (Snow White and Rose-red). The name Snow White is the literal translation of the names, but they are spelled differently.

The story (translation from Wiki):

Snow-White and Rose-Red tells the story of Snow White and Rose Red, two girls living with their mother, a poor widow, in a small cottage. Both sisters are very good little girls, and they love each other dearly. Their mother is very fond of them. As for their personalities, Rose Red is very outspoken and cheerful, and loves to play outside; on the other hand, her sister Snow-White is more quiet and shy, and prefers doing housework and reading.

One winter night, there is a knock at the door. Rose Red opens the door to find a bear. At first she is terrified, but the bear tells her not to be afraid. “I’m half frozen and I merely want to warm up a little at your place,” he says. They let the bear in and he lies down in front of the fire. Snow White and Rose Red beat the snow off the bear; they quickly become quite friendly with him. They play with the bear and roll him around playfully. They let the bear spend the night in front of the fire, and in the morning, he leaves, trotting out into the woods. The bear comes back every night for the rest of that winter and the family grows used to him.

When summer comes, the bear tells them that he must go away for a while to guard his treasure from a wicked dwarf. During the summer the girls are walking through the forest, when they find a dwarf who has his beard stuck in a tree. The girls rescue him by cutting his beard free, but the dwarf is ungrateful, and yells at the girls for cutting his beautiful beard. The girls encounter the dwarf several times that summer, rescue him from some peril, and each time the dwarf is ungrateful. Then one day they meet the dwarf once again; this time he is terrified because the bear is about to kill him. The dwarf pleads with the bear, begs it to eat the girls instead of him, but the bear pays no heed and kills the dwarf with one swipe of his paw. Then the bear turns into a prince; the dwarf had bewitched the prince by stealing his gold and turning him into a bear, but the curse is broken with the death of the dwarf. Snow White marries the prince and Rose Red marries his brother.

And for your viewing pleasure, the song that started it all…