David Watters, a graduate of Trinity College of
Music, London and the Institute of Education,
University of London, has worked internationally as a
singer, director and teacher for more than 20 years
and has taught drama and music within socially and
culturally diverse settings.
He is a personal and professional development
associate with The Pacific Institute
(www.pacificinstitute.co.uk), personal tutor,
freelance writer and founding member of NBI
Associates and Tech Queens.
David, who regularly writes for www.ambiente.us,
One Nation and Polari, has been championed by Stuart Milk, nephew of Harvey Milk and
Equality Advocate, who has said: “I love your work, which is vital to show the richness of
embracing and celebrating our wonderful diversity. As Harvey would say, you’re bringing
medicine into the world that the world needs! Thank you!”
His background in arts and education, combined with a solid understanding of CBT, and
his passion for Equality Advocacy drive every aspect of his work as a personal
development facilitator and a writer.
David is currently finalizing his book, Never Blend In: The Legacy of Harvey Milk
MAY | MAYO 2009
NEVER BLEND IN: PART ONE
JOHN AMAECHI: RECOGNISING HIS SOUL IN THE DARK
AUGUST | AGOSTO 2009
NEVER BLEND IN | PART TWO
CHRIS MASON | DRIVING EQUALITY
JUNE | JUNIO 2010
NEVER BLEND IN | PART FOUR
ROY KIRKLAND & DOUG SEBASTIAN | A CROSS BURNING IN
JANUARY | ENERO 2011
THE TREVOR PROJECT | REPAIRING THE WORLD
EQUAL LOVE CAMPAIGN UK | ECHR LEGAL BID ANNOUNCED
which supports and is supported by The Trevor Project.
The book sets out to highlight and challenge social perceptions of the LGBT community;
to understand the causes of low self-esteem and suicide ideation felt by many LGBT
individuals and, through a unique collection of inspirational interviews with well known
and everyday people, to inspire and encourage the younger generation, or anyone
questioning their validity, to lead a balanced, fulfilling and dignified life.
Role models from education, entertainment, law enforcement, medical and emergency
services, politics, religion and sports have participated in this accessible and much
needed discourse to illuminate the reader’s journey of self-discovery and self- efficacy.
Openly LGBT and successful role model figures can play an enormous part in
highlighting the wealth of possibilities available to young people. These people, who are
successfully modelling admirable qualities and character traits such as determination,
diligence, vision and consistent effort, can only serve to inspire and encourage the
younger generation, or anyone questioning their validity, to lead a balanced, fulfilling and
Notable voices in the book are Harvey’s colleagues, Anne Kronenberg and Danny
Nicoletta; actors Stephen Fry and Alan Cumming; musician Darren Hayes (Savage
Garden); Sordid Lives writer Del Shores; Michael Musto; filmmaker, Parvez Sharma;
Calpernia Addams; NBA star John Amaechi and authors Lesléa Newman and Tom Rob
Smith AND our very own HERB SOSA, ARMANDO DIAZ, JR and VANESSA BRITO!
We, as a community, are under or misrepresented in the media and this impacts upon
how individuals are perceived and treated by society. Positive, inspirational role models
from the LGBT community can have an enormous impact on addressing this and can
give hope to individuals who feel less valid and disenfranchised from society.
Most inspiring have been the “regular” people (the Scottish fireman, the Canadian concert pianist, the
American professor, the South African artist or the student in Cardiff) who live with authenticity and,
perhaps without realizing, are role models and inspirational figures to those whose lives they touch.
The “community” if such a thing exists is diverse but too many live in the shadows. My point, with this
book, is that self worth determines our potential and that blending in is a direct result of feeling “less
than”, feeling ashamed of how God (whatever that means to you) made you”.
Harvey Milk’s legacy, for this author, is the growing number of proud LGBT individuals who refuse to
live lives limited by the judgment of others.
We can be part of society without blending in. To me it means living with 100% authenticity (as Dr Phil
or Oprah might say!). We shouldn’t compromise our identity to be accepted and everyone regardless of
sexuality or gender identity has a right to fully live.
Life need not be a self-fulfilling prophecy and by recognizing that our “truth” has been shaped through
our relationships, our environment and our experiences, we can begin to change our perceptions,
heighten our self-esteem and move toward our personal and professional goals with clear vision and
Herb Sosa writes:
NEVER BLEND IN, and the efforts of writer David Watters, is a brilliant collection and resource of
openly LGBT and successful role models across the globe. The value to all, especially for the younger
generation, is paramount. The presentation of individuals who are successful, determined, active and
visible in our communities will undoubtedly inspire all who read this collection, to do better, become a
better person, and strive for greatness in their lives and that of others.
The LGBT community has often been portrayed in a less than favorable light – NEVER BLEND IN rips
that inaccurate veil off, and offers a face and portrait of today’s LGBT community, its leaders, history,
accomplishments and potential.
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