Hollywood hunk Colin Farrell has joined Stand Up! Don’t Stand for Homophobic Bullying, an LGBT Irish youth organization that is calling on both the gay and lesbian community and the straight community to support each other in fighting bulling. For a number of years Farrell has been championing for gay rights, an issue close to him because of his openly gay brother Eamon.
Colin and his brother Eamon have been championing BeLonG To’s work to combat homophobic bullying in Ireland for a number of years now. Eamon has recalled how he was terribly and violently bullied in school and Colin has talked about how devastating it was to witness his brother being discriminated against as a child.
The actor spoke about his involvement in Los Angeles:
If there was one great wish I have for my country – for a land that I love and a people I so revere, it would be that school bullying were a thing of our past.
So much has befallen us in our shared history as a people. The harshest of these times have threatened to take our dignity, or scald our hearts into closing.
Most of our great trials, from soiled land to the institutionalized abuse of trust and power, were inflicted upon us, whether by nature or the power corrupt. Now with bullying, there is a clear choice and the choice is ours.
Keep reading what he has to say after the jump…
Each individual, as a member of his and her community, must Stand Up! In the face of this appalling brutality that plagues our schools. In effect, bullying is no less than the systematic doling out of pain upon the innocent. It is literally laughing in the face of somebody as they fall into increasingly grave danger. It’s not my place to draw parallels, but we have had enough of such hardships. The world has.
Whether it be the attacking of Gay students, which I witnessed first hand happening to my own brother, or students who are in the minority as a result of race or religious beliefs or any other such characteristic that separates them from ‘the norm’, it is all wrong and has no place in a just and compassionate country such as I know Ireland to be. We have always been praised as being the friendliest and most welcoming race in the world. My wish is for us to prove it daily, in the school yards and playgrounds across this Great Land of Ours.