We’re super excited to be teaming up with Fresh Words Market to bring you awesome, original modern art prints that inspire children and adults alike. For every print sold, they’re generously donating 30% of the proceeds to Free2Luv when you use coupon code FWM2LUV at checkout through October. We invite you to visit FreshWordsMarket.com to check out their amazing and inspirational art and while you’re there, check out their awesome FREE2LUV blog post!
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We’re excited to announce that we are partnering with UB Alberti Center and Dr. Amanda Nickerson to stand up to end bullying abuse in schools and in the community. This collaboration of like-minded agents for change combines the Alberti Center’s wealth of knowledge and evidence-based tools with Free2Luv’s thought provoking awareness campaigns and outreach.
Dr. Nickerson is an internationally known expert on bullying abuse and school violence prevention who has been published in numerous scholarly journals as well as written several books of her own. We look forward to sharing their insightful research to effectively change the language, attitudes, and behaviors of educators, parents, students, and society. Stay tuned for eye-opening statistics on bullying and bystander intervention, cyberbullying, and bullying of LGBTQ youth & individuals with disabilities.
What does it mean to you to be Free2Luv? To celebrate the recent SCOTUS ruling, we’re excited to be co-hosting a special “Love Wins” essay competition with New Millennium Writings (NMW), an award-winning literary journal founded in 1996. We’re calling for essays asking people what the recent SCOTUS decision means to them and their community. The winner will receive $1,000 and publication in the NMW anthology and on their website. The contest will run from July 8th to August 31st.
The Love Wins essay award winner will be chosen by Guest Judge and Free2Luv Celebrity Ambassador Thea Gill, actress, singer, and LGBTQ activist, best known for her starring role as Lindsay Peterson in the landmark Showtime television series Queer as Folk. Ms. Gill will choose the top winner from selected finalists, and the award will be announced on October 11th, National Coming Out Day.
“Special contests like this are a rarity for NMW,” says Alexis Williams Carr, Editor and Publisher of New Millennium Writings. “We ran one on the eve of the millennium and another in 2008 to celebrate America’s first black president – two other momentous events that impacted our nation and the entire world. We’re thrilled to add the Love Wins essay competition to that list and to partner with Free2Luv and Lambda Literary.”
Founding Editor Don Williams added, “Events like this truly embody what we have long hoped the New Millennium will bring – a breaking down of barriers, an embrace of tolerance, and an acknowledgement of unity on the planet. This competition is an opportunity for people to share their opinions, reactions and personal stories.”
Entries into the Love Wins essay competition must be 4,500 words or less. For more info regarding entries, visit New Millennium Writings.
Keep your eye out on social media all month long as we highlight the amazing musicians in our movement rockin’ their voices for good. We’re featuring someone new each day and we invite you to get to know these artists who are passionate about making the world a kinder place for our youth. We salute their awesome talent and huge hearts!
We’re super excited to be Bead Relief’s featured Charity of the Month! In addition to our awesome rainbow beaded bracelets, we now have a new limited-edition stone bracelet that we know you are all going to LUV! Click here to check it out and know that every purchase puts an empowerment package into the hands of a child being bullied, suffering from self-harm or going through a difficult time.
We’re excited to share with you a new tune that country and Americana singer-songwriter Anthony Stells has generously donated to Free2Luv! This big-hearted musician wrote “The Day” for those kids who need hope to believe in who they are and to finally “step into themselves” and be free from bullying. Download today and help us empower youth! CLICK HERE
Thanks for standing up to bullying with us, Anthony! You rock!
On May 5th, we invite you to be a champion for our children with Free2Luv by participating in #GiveBIG Day! On May 5th for 24 hours, any donations received will be partially matched by The Seattle Foundation’s generous support. Every donation will go towards our community outreach to support youth being bullied, considering self-harm or going through a difficult time. We thank you for championing change with us! CLICK HERE
NEW Friends Don’t Let Friends Bully billboards featuring Tyree Brown from Parenthood and actresses Marlowe Peyton and Merit Leighton are rockin’ the highway! We invite each of you to join our Million Sign Mission to END bullying by taking our pledge and committing to kindness: CLICK HERE We’re at 55,000 and counting!
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Anna Todd, best-selling author of the fabulously successful After series with over 1 billion reads to date, has begun serializing FREE, a spin off story featuring Riley and Lillian’s love story to bring awareness to youth empowerment organization, Free2Luv®. Riley and Lillian are opposites, just like every main character set in a romance novel, but they are different. Their LGBT love story addresses the struggles and rewards of being FREE to love. Anna Todd, a Celebrity Ambassador for Free2Luv, has created this story to support the LGBTQ community and advocacy that Free2Luv represents.
“Everyone should be free to love whomever they choose. That’s the message of FREE, my latest Wattpad story,” said Anna Todd. “I’m inspired by the mission of Free2Luv; they are giving a voice to people who need it and they are so passionate about what they stand for. I see the way teens think and I spend a lot of my time engaging with them and Free2Luv’s voice is needed so much right now. I’m incredibly honoured to be one of their Ambassadors. It’s an amazing feeling to be part of an organization that helps so many young people.”
“We are very excited about this partnership with Anna Todd. Her voice is relevant to teens today and her reach is enormous. We are thrilled to be able to share this love story with youth who may be questioning their own sexuality or searching for a place to fit in. Our goal is to create a safe and inclusive environment that offers teens a creative outlet for their myriad of emotions. They can share their stories, connect with other youth having similar experiences and know that they are not alone,” says Co-Founder and President of Free2Luv, Tonya Sandis.
The LGBT community is no stranger to bullying with 9 out of 10 LGBT students experiencing harassment at school and online and 20% of high school students saying they have seriously considered suicide. Free2Luv believes this epidemic needs to stop. Anna Todd and Free2Luv have created FREE to help bring awareness to this epidemic. Their collective goal is to raise self-esteem and re-instill hope in our youth so that no young person is left feeling alone, unwanted, or less than perfect just the way they are.
FREE is currently being serialized on Wattpad, the world’s largest community of readers and writers. The first two chapters of FREE have been released at http://www.wattpad.com/user/imaginator1D and the story already has over 114,000 reads and has been translated by fans in Arabic, French, German, Portuguese, Romanian, Spanish, Italian and Dutch.
You can join the movement and stand up to bullying with Free2Luv. Visit http://free2luv.org and learn how you can be an agent for change.
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If you’d like more information or to schedule an interview with Free2Luv, please contact Lilly at 206.397.4724, email email@example.com or visit us at www.free2luv.org. To schedule an interview with Anna Todd, please contact Nazia Khan firstname.lastname@example.org.
Free2Luv has officially landed in an airport near you! Our FRIENDS DON’T LET FRIENDS BULLY campaign is creating over 2.7 million impressions monthly at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. We’re currently featuring the fabulous and funny Free2Luv Celebrity Ambassador, Mayim Bialik. Billboards can be seen at every baggage claim throughout the airport!
A big thank you to Clear Channel Airports for being agents for change!
BREAKING NEWS! We have an exciting opportunity to WIN A GRANT and we need your help! Please go to this link to VOTE woobox.com/x2o446/vote/for/5219017 and you’ll see our video. Make sure you click the VOTE button next to the current number of votes. It will become a green check after you’ve voted. We’d really appreciate you sharing to spread the word! THANK YOU!
Bullying hurts. Free2Luv has created a 30 second PSA to demonstrate the scarring and lasting impact bullying has on our youth, robbing them of their innocence and emotionally stripping them of their well-being. Our mission is to use music & entertainment to raise self-esteem and re-instill hope in our youth so that no young person is left feeling alone, unwanted, or less than perfect just the way they are.
We invite you to view and share our powerful PSA that aired at the 2014 Indianapolis Motor Speedway Brickyard 400 NASCAR event, the second largest sporting event in the world.
Free2Luv puts a red flag on bullying at NASCAR’s Brickyard 400, The world’s second largest sporting event
Free2Luv™, in collaboration with teen rock sensation Haunted By Heroes, is excited to launch their ‘Stomp It Out’ PSA and music video July 25 -27, 2014 at NASCAR’s Brickyard 400, the second largest sporting event in the world. With an expected 2.4 million impressions, their important bullying prevention message will be featured on Grazie Media’s Jumbo-tron video screen strategically placed at the perimeter of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Throughout the Brickyard 400 three-day event, their music video and PSA will air over 160 times encouraging youth to stand up, speak out and let their voices be heard.
Stomp It Out is a global public awareness campaign designed to connect youth everywhere to know the power of their words and actions and to choose to rock LUV not hate. For more information about the campaign and a FREE download of the tune, visit http://free2luv.org/stomp-it-out/.
“Our goal is to start a nationwide movement of youth standing up and making a difference together, using their voices for good,” says Free2Luv Co-Founder, Tonya Sandis. “Our hope is that this music video and PSA start a revolution of kindness where kids all over can unite through music, which is a powerful vehicle for fostering change. We are passionate about creating a braver, safer, kinder place for our youth and are honored to be collaborating with Haunted By Heroes, Grazie Media and Cardinal Energy Group to spread this important message and take one more step towards ending the bullying epidemic.”
“We’re very excited to be sharing Stomp It Out at Brickyard 400, a NASCAR event, to let kids everywhere know that bullying is not cool and together through music we can stomp it out,” the band said in a collective statement.
“On behalf of Grazie Media, we are honored to partner with Free2Luv in raising awareness for the Stomp It Out campaign. Bullying is such a massive issue in the midst of our youth today, and we wholeheartedly believe in running this PSA in order to bring attention to Stomp Out Bullying,” says Vanessa Wojtala CEO, Director of Programming.
Timothy Crawford, CEO of Cardinal Energy remarks, “Our management team at Cardinal Energy strongly believes that we have a personal and a corporate responsibility to raise awareness of this sad phenomenon. Our company’s presence in the public arena will allow us to encourage our partners in corporate America to recognize and help in this noble cause. We look forward to our working relationship with Free2Luv to help spread this message to a global audience.” Cardinal Energy Group, Inc. (OTCQB: CEGX), is an environmentally responsible oil and gas company headquartered in Dublin, Ohio producing American oil and gas in Texas.
To further support Free2Luv’s mission, visit their website, get involved, donate and shop http://free2luv.org.
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Free2Luv has been on the Goody Awards leaderboard every month this year! We’ve been honored with the Hero Goody, Good Deed Goody, Team Goody and Teacher Goody multiple times and want to thank each of you for your support in spreading the word. You can continue to VOTE all year long! CLICK HERE to support.
Seattle, WA – June 3, 2014 – “When I bullied somebody, I didn’t really think about it at the time. A few years later, I realized there’s not much difference between us,” says Michael, 8th grader. Profound statements like these are why Free2Luv, a Seattle nonprofit joined forces with teen rock sensation, Haunted By Heroes to stand up to bullying and spread kindness through music. Today marks the global launch of their anti-bullying music video, ‘Stomp It Out’ and youth everywhere are invited to stand up, speak out and let their voices be heard.
With the rise in teen suicides and 1 out of every 3 children experiencing some form of bullying, it is Free2Luv and Haunted By Heroes’ collective mission to reach as many communities and children as possible to spread the word that every person is perfect just the way they are. The ‘Stomp It Out’ music video project was a collaborative effort spearheaded by teen rockers, Haunted By Heroes who rallied 5 middle schools in the Bay Area to participate in this interactive music video ▶▶ http://free2luv.org/stomp-it-out/
Haunted By Heroes is no stranger to bullying. “It bothers us to see our classmates getting bullied,” the band said in a collective statement. “We defend them because it’s not cool to be picked on by anybody. Watching kids be mean toward someone else, often when that person can’t defend himself, is one of the main reasons we decided to produce the ‘Stomp It Out’ video.”
“Our goal is to start a nationwide movement of youth standing up and making a difference together, using their voices for good,” says Free2Luv Co-Founder, Tonya Sandis. “Our hope is that this music video launch can start a revolution of kindness where kids all over can unite through music, which is a powerful vehicle for creating change. We are honored to be collaborating with this amazing group of boys, who are not only accomplished musicians but also know how to rock kindness.”
When Free2Luv asked youth how can we stop bullying, the answers were insightful: “You need to be respectful because everyone is equal and we all deserve to be treated with respect,” says Carney, 8thgrader. “If you got a whole bunch of people who were strong and had a really strong belief in stopping something, then you could really move things,” says Elizabeth, 6th grader.
You can join the movement and stand up to bullying with Free2Luv and Haunted By Heroes. Get involved and learn how you can be an agent for change.
Have you had enough of bullying? Do you wanna rock your voice for good? Here’s your chance to join the movement and STOMP IT OUT!
Free2Luv and Haunted by Heroes invite you to STOMP OUT BULLYING! Join us Summer 2014 for the worldwide release of our much anticipated anti-bullying music video!
We’re going to have fun giveaways of awesome rock swag and we have a special gift for each of you! If you haven’t already, sign up for our mailing list, invite your friends and join our worldwide kindness revolution. Get ready to STOMP IT OUT!!