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January 31, 2011 marks the first anniversary of one of the world's largest gay-friendly social networks.
Not long ago, Sharon Love of OUTstanding Lives Network had an “impossible” dream to inspire millions of people. She had lost her cousin to suicide when they were both in our twenties, and he was struggling with his sexuality. Love vowed to make a difference. Over the years, she volunteered thousands of hours to the LGBT community. Then she joined facebook, and got an idea.
She dreamed of creating a huge group like Pride Worldwide Online. A place where people could go for support, fun and a sense of belonging. A place for one global community, united. A place where an isolated gay youth could find encouragement. A place where a bullied bi or trans youth could find self-esteem.
A place to save lives. Seventeen times, Love tried and failed to create this place. Sixteen times, she learned something about social media and motivation. People laughed at her dream and said it was crazy… until this January 31, 2010. Then, they suddenly stopped laughing.
That was when Love created the facebook group called, “I bet we can find 1,000,000 People who Support Same Sex Marriage”. It attracted over TWO million people in just over two weeks.
"Guess I should have dreamed bigger when I created it!" Says Love, still amazed at the results. The group features over a thousand gay-friendly discussions, pictures, videos, and wall comments. Over 60,000 people signed a petition, and over 13,000 signed up for an e-newsletter. The budget for all this? Zero.
The new goal of OUTstanding Lives Network is to inspire millions and save lives through gay-friendly documentaries.
OUTstanding You is a documentary series to inspire pride in millions of youth of all sexual orientations and gender identities. It will feature OUTstanding Success stories of LGBTF youth and professionals, interspersed with confidence-building strategies by Sharon Love, M.Ed. (Psychology). Currently, we are seeking participants and sponsors. To get involved, contact sharon(at)outstandinglives.org or call 416-693-5683. Thanks! You make a difference.
A failure can be a bellyflop or a launching pad. It's up to you. In a bellyflop, you fall down, you decide you ARE a failure, and you crawl meekly back into the closet. There, you stuff your dreams for months or years, or even a lifetime. If you have failed, YOU are not a failure, you are simply human.
In an OUTstanding Failure, you fall down and use that momentum to launch your success. Remember my acronym:
Learn & try again.
You are outstanding. You make a difference. What’s your wildest dream? What’s your biggest goal? What passion is hiding in your closet? To achieve your dreams, FAIL! What were some of your biggest failures? What did you learn from them? How can they help launch your success?
You are outstanding. You make a difference. What’s your wildest dream? What’s your biggest goal? What passion is hiding in your closet? To achieve your dreams, fail. Hi. I’m Sharon love from Outstanding Lives. Org, and I’m really great at failing.
Not long ago, I had an “impossible” dream to inspire millions of people and save lives of bullied gay youth. I dreamed of creating a huge social network like Pride Worldwide Online. A place where youth could go 24/7 year-round, for support, self-esteem and a sense of belonging.
The first time I tried to create this group, I got five members. Seventeen times, I tried to create this group. Seventeen times, I failed. Seventeen times, I learned something about social media. A great failure is one you learn from. So from all my greatest failures, I discovered Ten Secrets of OUTstanding Success in Social Media.
I kept at my “impossible” goal to inspire millions. People laughed at my dream and said it was crazy… until this past February. Then, they suddenly stopped laughing.
Have you seen facebook group called, “I bet we can find 1,000,000 People who Support Same Sex Marriage”? It attracted over TWO million people in just over two weeks. Guess I should have dreamed bigger when I created it!
If you joined, thank you so much. For over a week, I would come home to find there were 100,000 more members than the day before.
I’m so grateful to everyone who joined and invited friends, who posted photos & videos, joined discussions, joined the admin team, and supported bullied youth. Thanks to the 2.2 million people who joined. Thanks to the 60,00 people who signed the petition. Thanks to the thirteen thousand who signed up for the e-newsletter. Thank you all.
My next dream is to inspire millions and make a difference for youth through a show called OUTstanding Lives, with success stories of people of all sexual orientations. I know it will succeed, because I’ve already tried and failed at it several times. …and I’m learning. So it’s just a matter of time. I’d love your opinions, your support and your success stories for the show. Please visit outstandinglives.org to get involved, or to get free tickets to our on-line show. That’s outstandinglives.org Thanks! You make a difference.
Many, many thanks to over 58,000 people who signed our OUTstanding Lives Global petition. You helped save lives through a new UN Human Rights Resolution. In November 2010, the United Nations voted that it was okay to execute people simply for being gay, lesbian, bisexual or trans. Shocking, but true.
OUTstanding Lives Global sent in our international petition for equality and human rights, with over 58,000 signatures worldwide. Members of our 2.2 million member social networks signed the petition (however, the homophobic backlash caused Sharon Love's Facebook account to be disabled). On December 21, 2010, the United Nations overturned that discriminatory decision and we won the right to live! Please click here to sign our ongoing petition, or click here for more information on the Dec. 21 vote. Thanks again! We appreciate your support.
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Sharon Love, M.Ed.
President, OUTstanding Lives Network