Count Me Out
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Hi deviants :)

You may know me, my name is Danielle, I'm bisexual and I'm participating in Count me Out - A Grassroots National Coming out Day 2010.


Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning and Straight Allies, who believe in the power of visibility and are committed to combating injustices facing the LGBT community in areas of marriage, military service, adoption rights, anti-bullying/anti-homophobia efforts, diversity education and full equality under state and federal law.


A grassroots social media campaign called "COUNT ME OUT‟, whose goal is for social media users to “donate” their main profile image to include the word OUT or ALLY on National Coming Out Day, Monday October 11th. Participants are welcome and encouraged to utilize the days preceding and following Monday Oct 11th to participate as well. Should they not feel “OUT” or “ALLY” speaks to them as closely as another word of their choice, individuals are welcome to utilize another word or statement. For those participants utilizing Twitter, flickr, YouTube, the hashtag #CountMeOut will also be encouraged


Let's start now! But the official date is Monday October 11, 2010
…and continuing throughout that entire week.


HERE! deviantART! Load up those deviantID's altered as per the instructions below and lets turn deviantART rainbow!!

You can also use any other social media (twitter, Facebook, etc etc) Be loud and proud in your support and if you do upload a new devID, link me to it on this journal so I can make a rainbow collection of awesome people! :love:


…is visibility and “pride” important for the LGBT community?

:bulletred: Students who describe themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgendered are five times more likely to miss school because of feeling unsafe. 28% are forced to drop out.
:bulletred: The vast majority of victims of anti-lesbian/gay violence - possibly more than 80% - never report the incident, often due to fear of being "outed”.
:bulletred: 75% of people committing hate crimes are under age 30 - one in three are under 18 - and some of the most pervasive anti-gay violence occurs in schools.
:bulletred: A survey of 191 employers revealed that 18% would fire, 27% would refuse to hire and 26% would refuse to promote a person they perceived to be lesbian, gay or bisexual.
:bulletred: Lesbian, gay and bisexual youth are at a four times higher risk for suicide than their straight peers.
:bulletred: In high schools across America 87% of LGBT youth have reported missing at least one day of school due to safety concerns and threats of violence based on their sexual orientation.


Simply colorize your main picture and add block letters “OUT” or “ALLY”
Go to
Select "Open image from computer" or "Open image from URL"
Select your image

In the bar at the top of the website click on "Adjustment"
It will open a drop-down menu. Select the option at the very bottom "Color Lookup"
It will open a selection of colors. Select the rainbow image (the fourth option)

Click on the letter "A" on the tool bar located on the left side of the website
Then click anywhere on the image, opening a text menu box.
Type "OUT" or "ALLY," select a font you like best, in either black or white
Click on the arrow symbol at the top-right of the tool bar, then click on the word "OUT" or "ALLY" to move it into your desired position on the image.
Click on "File" at the very top left corner of the website.
It will open a drop-down menu. Click "Save."

and then upload your newfound awesome ID to deviantART and link me to it in the comments below!

Personal Notes

Monday October 11th is also Thanksgiving in Canada and I'm truly thankful for living in a country that recognizes love between two human beings regardless of gender.  I support and participate in these causes because I believe these rights should be worldwide, acceptance and understanding should be unconditional and love universal.  

Join us.

Rocked Out by Moonbeam13

CSS Design and coding by Ikue; Avatar by snowmask ;devID by fourteenthstar
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OughterHobbyist General Artist
This year.
Imaginary-sama's avatar
Are you doing this again this year? :)
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aeris7dragonHobbyist General Artist
I'm sorry that I missed the deadline but I think that contributions to a good cause should be able to continue after the deadline. ^0^
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I did it! Yay!!!!!
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TheColorOfStarsHobbyist Writer
Very late. Very very late. Does anyone know if they're doing this again in 2011?
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MistofHopesStudent Writer
I am a 15 year old bisexual girl. And you have touched my heart. It makes me happy to know that even though our own parents may not care (my mom is a Bible fanatic, and gives me the "Adam and Eve not Adam and Steve" talk about my gay and les friends all the time, so I refuse to tell her about myself.), yet a complete stranger can show concern for an entire nation. You are a wonderful person, and I pray your cause goes a long way. I think you should know, that no matter how many people read this, or how many people did it, you HAVE made a difference. Thank you.
x-CatEatingRamen-x's avatar
I know this is totally not October anymore but hey! This really inspired me so [link] o3o
ElectroKeii's avatar
I don't care if I missed the day, I'm gonna do it. c:
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pegasis17Hobbyist Photographer
here is my contribution to this cause
adamXlambertXisXcool's avatar
I'm doing this even though it's wicked late lol.
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OphiasayStudent General Artist
Hmm, I'm rather late but I think I'll do it anyways. OuO
parodykids's avatar
[link] good cause and it was fun to do~
Chocorroles's avatar

lol is the guy from the video:

A student who illicitly streamed a room-mate’s sexual encounters live over the Internet is facing criminal charges after the room-mate responded by committing suicide.

One of the students, Tyler Clementi, used the room as a venue for his homosexual encounters with other men, which his room-mate apparently decided it would be interesting to secretly film using a webcam.

The filmed student is suspected of having complained about the incident on a gay website, becoming particularly upset after commenters expressed sympathy for his room-mate’s having to put up with his homosexual sex sessions.

After this he was apparently overcome with shame and committed suicide by hurling himself from the local George Washington Bridge – in keeping with the web-centric tone of the story he even updated his Facebook page to tell his friends what he was up to:
“Jumping off the gw bridge sorry.”

Rutgers University already has some notoriety as a leaked sex-tape hotspot – minor Internet celebrity accrued to an earlier vengefully leaked tape featuring a Rutgers student identified as “Julie,” although with no allegations of gay victimhood involved this incident is apparently a non-issue.

Online the incident has predictably proved highly emotive, with responses ranging from denouncing the filmers as murdering hate criminals deserving a one-way trip to the gallows, to denouncing the university as a pernicious den of iniquity in which depraved acts of sodomy are lauded as normal behaviour.
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I look forward to the day when no one has to state whether or not they are gay or bi, straight or even like fish, because no one will give a carp. I mean a crap :hug:
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a way TOO late but hope it serves!:
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Better late than never. ^^;
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infinite-progressionStudent Digital Artist
Might be a bit late, but here's my contribution!

Nym226's avatar
I'm terribly late, but participating!
tr7n8beefstix's avatar
Sorry for being so late :3 [link]
All-These-Kiwis's avatar
It's a bit late, but here's an ally[link]
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Skool4PsychsStudent General Artist
I'm sorry if I'm late... :-/

arowolf's avatar
I know its late. I changed Ally to Allies. My whole family supports this cause. I hope you like it. [link]
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Yuki-HitoriStudent General Artist
Do'h. > < I wish I was a week earlier..
And it was my birthday on the eleventh too. D;
Maybe I'll make one soon, even if it is a little late,
if that's alright.
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