Bette Midler Presents Pink With HRC’s Ally For Equality Award
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[Bette Midler Presents Pink With HRC’s Ally For Equality Award]
[Unknown:] Source: LYBIO.net
Do it again.
[Bette Midler (born December 1, 1945):]
Oh my god, look at this crowd. 3,000, 3,000, 3,000 supporters of gay, lesbians, bisexuals, transgenders and I’ve – and I’ve met every single one of you. What a great evening, uh? My god, I’m absolutely stunned, I’m thrilled to be here.
Am I talking too fast? Am I talking too slow? Should I just shut the fuck up? What can I say? I am so happy to be here. I don’t think I’ve ever witnessed such a profound display of solidarity and courage in my life. Really amazing!
I want to begin by acknowledging the one thing I know you are all thinking right now, which is don’t I look fabulous? [Cheering]
Oh my god, I’m a medical miracle and that’s a fact. People come up to me all the time, they say Miss M, Miss M, how the hell do you do it? And of course I always say, good genes. But you and I; both know that I have a team of about 20, hair and makeup in the back stage jumping through hoops and doing their best to serve me. Thank you, HRC.
Well, you know I do have to be beyond fabulous because this is the red carpet in the too much information age. They are tweeting my photo and judging my shoes the moment I arrive. I’m being misquoted by Paris Hilton even as I speak.
Nevertheless I am honored to be here tonight with so many people who are as determined as I am to stand up for tolerance and equality, I’m flattered, very flattered. That the Human Rights Campaign has invited me to present this year’s Ally for Equality award, in fact I’m just plain thrilled because tonight we honor a woman that I absolutely adore, a brilliant young artist who has major song writing chops, a huge soul, and a voice that electrifies millions around the world, Ms. Alecia Beth Moore, also known as Pink.
[Bette Midler:] Source: LYBIO.net
I met her nearly 10 years ago right here in Washington D.C. when we both sang a memorial for the fallen of the bombing of 9/11, of the bombing of the Pentagon, and I’ve followed her career avidly ever since. Not only has she grown as an artist selling millions of records, entertaining on a huge scale, singing upside down in soaking wet while twirling 200 feet above the crowd. In fact, who could ever forget the looks on the faces of the other performers who were in the house, the first time they saw her do that act at the VMAs in 2009. Oh my god, you could just hear what they were thinking. Holy shit! Now I have to learn the trapeze too.
Yes, she has grown as an artist, but she has also grown as a human being. For generations artists have always been among the first to sing out and speak up on issues of social justice and human rights. And now with devastating stories of young people struggling with relentless persecution based on their sexual orientation, the contributions that Pink has made to this cause, the Campaign for Human Rights is – are more important than ever. And she is no stranger to important causes. She enthusiastically supports GLAAD, ALDO Fights AIDS, Keep a Child Alive, PETA, The International AIDS Prevention Initiative, the ONE Campaign, she marched against Prop 8 and has used her Twitter following of 2 million and counting to spread the word for Equal Rights for All. She is such a – she’s just brilliant.
Wherever she appears, Pink expresses her point of view one of fairness, kindness, tolerance and equality. She sets an example for all of us knowing that none of us are human until each and every one of us is recognized fully as a human being. So now, please join me in watching a brief video tribute to the Wind Beneath My Wings, Pink.
Alecia Beth Moore Hart (born September 8, 1979): Source: LYBIO.net
Holy shit. Bette Midler she is amazing, I’m in love with her. I always have been Beaches, The Rose, those outfits, she was a mermaid. I love her, she call me the Wind Beneath Her Wings. She said that, that was amazing.
Um… thanks. Okay, I’m really nervous. I’m really – I can sing and shit, but I can’t really talk. Oh, so nervous. Okay, so, hi, I’m Alecia. Hi, I’m a Virgo. I’m 31 – I’m Gay. Actually I’m not, but that doesn’t actually matter. My point is, I would like in the world, the same boring response that I get from “Hi, I’m a Virgo” I would like “Hi, I’m gay” to illicit the same kind of response. Or, yeah, okay great, nice to meet you. I don’t want there to be a gay marriage, I just want there to be happy marriage, and lasting marriage and healthy marriage.
And I look forward to a day when we don’t have to talk about it anymore, but that’s far off and thank you so much to the HRC for moving this along with the human race.
Alecia Beth Moore Hart (Pink): Source: LYBIO.net
I did write something because I’m silly. I kind of memorized it, but I forgot that part. Okay, so anyway, anyone anytime someone says that, I’m gay it comes out even when sometimes when people don’t say that. There is a ripple heard around the world, or around the community, the tabloids eat it up, who I call the modern day adult bullies. Your job maybe in jeopardy especially if you serve your country, which is incredible, your friends might turn your back on you, your parents may cry, some parents get angry, some parents never even get to know their children and I think that’s a shame.
A long time ago I decided that no matter where I went or what I would do with my life, I was always going to be very true to myself and stick up for the underdog. I have always identified with people that struggle, and maybe it’s because I’m a Jew. Maybe it’s because I don’t hold the warped belief that my way is the only way or the better way, maybe it’s because I got enough hugs when I was younger.
I was given the nickname Pink for a lot of reasons, one being the color of my cookie, which is a long story, which I’m not going to get into.
But also and more importantly, it’s such a long story. It’s not even that funny. It’s Pink. But mostly, because I hold on to a very cheesy belief, but true belief that we’re all pink on the inside, and some of this on the outside.
Pink: Source: LYBIO.net
What I mean by that is, we all bleed red, we all cry clear tears. We all put one foot in front of the other, on this endless search for the meaning of the life and love. Where am I? Shit. Oh, yeah, okay, just because I wrote it down, doesn’t mean I don’t mean it.
We all want to be loved and accepted and understood and unfortunately the human race has not figured this out yet, in a lot of ways.
But that’s where we think the HRC for helping us along. I want to thank the HRC for having me here tonight, for including me. I don’t think I deserve this award, but thank you. But I want to thank the HRC for their spirit, for their heart, for their perseverance in facing down endless obstacles, for inspiring kids and adults alike to keep going. For reminding the world that everyone is different and that’s okay. For reminding people that fair is fair and that everyone deserves the same respect.
Pink: Source: LYBIO.net
I’ve marched against Prop 8, the proposition to ban gay marriage. Two things, (uh huh) number one, with all the strife and economic woes in the world, religious intolerance, global warming. It boggles my mind that we are spending time energy and money trying to ban love. Well, Wall Street is crashing, and I’m about to lose my job, but I don’t want two people that I have never met to put on nice clothes, say nice things to each other in front of other nice people, and live happily ever after. It’s important to me in my life that that not happen. Really and the courts are humoring us.
Two, speaking of humour. At this march for equality, the signs that I saw, holy shit they were funny. And I can’t even remember the funniest ones, but one I remember is, I went to my sister’s wedding and all I got was this lousy sign. Or but I only want one wife held by a woman protesting the Mormon donations given to support the ban on gay marriage, which is actually illegal. But I’m in awe and constantly inspired by the ability to keep a sense of humour in the face of illegal meddling and oppression no one has a better sense of humor than my gay boys. No one does better hair.
Pink: Source: LYBIO.net
So forget all the politics forget everything. This is not about laws to me, this is not about who does what? Who dresses this way? Who says this? It’s about love. [ ]
It is – it’s about love. It’s about who your heart tells you to love straight or gay. Um…
Pink: Source: LYBIO.net
I’d be much better at that, I think. Anyway the important part is I applaud anyone and everyone who has the balls or not balls, don’t have to have balls, to follow their heart.
I’m almost done. This isn’t going to be long, I swear to god. So, to all the kids out there being bullied, I hope this message gets out to them, first and foremost, if there are any bullies out there and you really want to take your anger out on someone, come find me. But seriously there is life past high school. I wish someone would have told me that. High school sucks. Um…but life past high school is awesome. There are people waiting with open arms to appreciate you for who you are. There is a family that you will create. There is friends out there waiting to just love you and celebrate everything about you. What I miss? What I do?
Find a quiet inner strength and hold on to it, life can be fabulous if you stick it out. And I know that seems impossible sometimes when you’re young, but I was just there, I feel like yesterday, I was 13, hating my life, contemplating suicide and I found a passion and a hobby and I pursued it with blinders and anyone that didn’t like it, could kiss my entire ass, and they still can.
Pink: Source: LYBIO.net
So, take my strength, take my heart, take everyone in here strength and just keep the fight alive, keep going and thank you guys all for having me here tonight. I’m so inspired, I’m so in awe all of you. This award is a validation to me that I have stayed true to my beliefs and who I’m – but it’s also more so a reminder that there is so much more I could do and there is so much more I want to do and there is so much more left to do, and I’m a fighter, we are all fighters, I will do everything I can to open people’s hearts, ears, minds, mouths, pockets to carry on, and to fight along side with you. Thank you.
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