Articles by: ron kemp
I'm a musician, first and foremost, with a social conscience and affinity for writing. With my music, I tend to write about myself; with the rest of my writing, I tend to write about the world as I see it.

by / on November 29, 2012 at 10:16 am / in Body, Current Events, Prejudice, Sexuality

Mallory Owens: a Hate Crime in Alabama

Any man who beats up on a woman has a special place in Hell awaiting him.  Any man who brutally beats a woman nearly to death because of her sexuality not only holds a reservation in Hell but also a warm spot at a penitentiary. Hopefully, for a long time. On Thanksgiving, Mallory Owens went to celebrate the holiday with […]

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by / on November 23, 2012 at 11:19 am / in Body, Media, Parenting, Sexuality, Society

High School Horror: THREE Students Commit Suicide in Seven Weeks

We’ve got a problem.  And, it’s a huge problem.  It’s common knowledge to anyone with a pulse, by now, that there’s a problem with teen suicide and bullying.  So, I’m not breaking any news there.  The problem we’re facing runs deeper, if that’s possible, than the issues of bullying and teen suicide.  We’re suffering from a paralysis on how to […]

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by / on November 15, 2012 at 11:30 am / in Country, Current Events, Editorials, Media, Politics, Prejudice, Society

Following the Elections, Racism and Intolerance Takes Center Stage in the U.S.

With Election 2012 now in our rear-view mirror, President Obama re-established as our leader for the next 4 years, and equality winning huge around the country, the hate mongers are coming out of the woodwork!  From National Organization for Marriage’s leader, Tony Perkins, all the way down to high school kids, the level of sheer hatred and intolerance is deeply […]

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by / on October 14, 2012 at 3:46 pm / in Editorials, Media, Prejudice, Relationships, Society

Amanda Todd: Cyberbullying Out-of-Control

This is the one.  If ever there was one event that got a little too deep under my skin, this is it.  If ever there was one teen suicide that illustrated as clearly as the day is long that it is beyond time for us to stop talking about this and start getting our hands dirty trying to fix it, this […]

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by / on October 6, 2012 at 11:55 am / in Current Events, Editorials, Media, Prejudice, Sexuality, Society

Why We’re Losing Ground in Bullying Prevention

I’ve been writing this blog article for about a week now, in my mind.  Each time I thought I was ready move it from my mind to my fingers and onto my keyboard, that voice inside me would say “wait!  not yet”.  Normally, I hate when that happens.  That usually signals to onset of another bout of Writer’s Block, every […]

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by / on June 16, 2012 at 11:13 am / in Country, Culture, Current Events, Editorials, Gender, Government, Philosophy, Politics

Why November’s Election is SO Important

This isn’t about politics, really. This is about loving and caring. This is about tolerance. This is more about right and wrong. And, it’s about survival.

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by / on June 13, 2012 at 12:20 pm / in Celebrities, Culture, Media, Sexuality, Society

The Importance of Gay Role Models

For as long as I can remember, I’ve strongly held that the world would benefit greatly from every LGBT person coming out of the closet.  Such an action would serve two very positive purposes:  1.)  it would show the world, a world that tends to minimize those of us who are LGBT, that we are solid, contributing citizens of our […]

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by / on April 24, 2012 at 12:22 pm / in Culture, Editorials, Education, Gender, Philosophy, Sexuality, Society

To My 7th Grade Self…

Maybe there’s something to this.  Last week, I did a bit of “time-traveling”.  Almost simultaneously, there was a powerful video released called “To My 7th Grade Self”.  Brilliant idea!  If only we could. Our collective minds were in the same place.  Telling my 7th grade self to get it together and move on would be a life-changing event.  I know that, now. […]

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by / on April 21, 2012 at 7:31 am / in Culture, Gender, Relationships, Sexuality, Society

Time Traveling

I was presented recently with a very interesting question:  “If you could give your younger self one piece of advice, what would it be?”  Damn.  That’s deep.  So, I’ve spent the better part of several days pondering this question.  Here’s what I came up with.  Bear with me, here. Third grade, I had a crush on everyone in my class, […]

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by / on April 13, 2012 at 11:36 am / in Culture, Education, Gender, Parenting, Relationships, Sexuality, Society

Asperger’s Syndrome and Being Bullied

There was a very sobering video posted today on the facebook blog page, courtesy of Stop Teenage Suicide and Wipeout Homophobia on Facebook.  Sobering because it was a mother telling how her 5-year-old son had been bullied to the point where he wanted to die.  Five years old!!!  There can’t be a more resounding wake-up call than that. The story […]

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