If you haven’t checked out my YouTube channel, then you won’t know that I have a video that has been seen by thousands of folks in response to the video regarding “Tom Bridegroom,” who passed away leaving his Partner Shane Bitney Crone with no rights, unable to attend his funeral, and threatened by Tom’s family. His video is now being turned into a documentary, and my response has become popular with his supporters – because I reached out to him in his time of need, due to the fact that his partner’s family and the grave site is in Indiana. WATCH SHANE’S VIDEO HERE – and then come back to read on.
My video response appears below:
My video has caused HUNDREDS of people to email me, due to the fact that my REAL email address appears in the video itself. I have had a few negative responses, mainly from prejudiced assholes who couldn’t even write a proper email without spelling errors, and a LARGE LARGE HUGE majority of people who have related to this video and let me know about it. I wanted to take the time to share with you these messages, because all of them are beautiful – here we go:
This is from China, I do not read Chinese so I cannot tell you what the symbols mean to translate the name. I can tell you the email reads:
“When I read Shane’s video, I cried!! Although I don’t know him, but I can see from his eyes kind of pain. Now I have read your video.I cried again. But both of you were gave me a notice: to fight for what you deserve equality. Together with you to support him.”
“Dear Mr. Wheat, I just wanted to express my gratitude for your response to Shane’s video on youtube. You expressed my feeling as well as the feelings of millions of others with your heartfelt and eloquent video. I can only hope you have provided some small comfort for Shane.”
“Jake, I wish there were more people in the world like you. The fact that you made this video shows that there’s still good people in the world.”
“Oh my god Jake I love you!!! I’m so glad you support Shane, I too were moved by his story, and wish we homosexuals shouldn’t have to go through this, that he shouldn’t have gone through this. I may only be 15, but even I know this is wrong, and fully support Shane and you!!!! I’m glad people like you assist, and I hope on day we will gain equality! Thank you!!!!!! You are truly a great person!!!!!”
“I Had to Email just to say “WOW”, You Are truly an Inspiration…I Lost my 1st Love of 2yrs, was still in high school, and not even My family was there… Sometimes in times like these ALL we really need is a HUG…And JAKE you hugged a lot of us through Your Response…”
These responses are only a FEW of the replies that I have had, there are quite a few comments on the actual video page as well, and it is a good feeling to know that there are that many caring people out there. I just wanted to share this with everyone on my website, and say goodnight – it’s time for me to being my own journey, and sometimes – often times – we forget that what we are not alone.
May your own journey be successful.
Jake A. Wheat
In the 90′s, I wrote a one act play that I dubbed “KaLaZza,” and dedicated it to a friend of mine who was big at our college theatre at the time, Shane Morton. Shane, ultimately, would ask me to write various plays or whatever and I would – or we would collaborate. My work hit dusty boxes, and survived several residential moves – including being in the trunk of my car for so very very long. LOL!
I had been looking for the script for a long time, and for the past few months I had given up hope until I mysteriously opened up a black folder in one of the boxes in my storage closet, and there it was. It was fading, and looked as if it had something spilled all over it. I read it, fell in love with it again, but realized that it was dated and needed some TLC.
Over the past weekend, I worked over my laptop updating the long lost play that was “KaLaZza,” and revising a lot of it to be just as relevant today as it was in the early 90′s. It has power, and it’s something I am very VERY proud of!
Today, I authorized it to be published after deciding that something this awesome should not be kept just to myself, and so it has manifested! YAY!
The original play in one act, in script form, ready for performance on a stage near you! KaLaZza! is a nightmarish dreamscape for Sable, who falls asleep and enters a post-apocalyptic world where he must face his other personalities, learn that the tables have turned on him, and fight to wake up again. A interesting perspective on the struggle for one man vs. his sexual identity in a world full of hate & bigotry….even if he is only dreaming.
Jake A. Wheat
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A new campaign is in town, and it is kicking ass and taking names… it’s called “FCKH8″ and it raises the middle finger to all of the bigoted assholes standing in the way of equality, gay bullying, and anti-gay marriage.
GET THIS ALL UP ON YOUR TWITTER, AND SPREAD THIS LIKE HERPES!
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I pretty much feel the same way, and agree with the message that this campaign sends because we have been to passive for too long! FUCK HATE! That is the sweetest message of the season! xoxo
Jake A. Wheat