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For True Love Conquers All by Ciro1984 For True Love Conquers All by Ciro1984
Celebrating Spirit Day on DeviantArt with a purple-tinted twist on my old Sleeping Beauty piece [link]

This is dedicated to

Tyler Clementi
Lawrence King
Seth Walsh
Asher Brown
Billy Lucas
Matthew Shepard
Brandon Teena

And all the other, countless, nameless princes and princesses who won't be waking up after true love's first kiss because intolerance, hate, bigotry and stupidity destroyed their lives.

I'm a straight male, born and raised in the most catholic place you can think of (a small town near Rome, Italy). I'm lucky because I have a wonderful family that never stopped me from becoming my own person despite the pressure from the small-minded community I live in. I'm majoring in Art History and all my life I've been given the opportunity to open myself to all kinds of people and cultures. Through the years, mostly because of what I study, I've known many gay guys and girls and, being kind of an outcast myself for other reasons, the problems of the Italian LGBT community have always affected my point of view, through my friends' experiences. I kind of hate the term "straight ally" because the word "ally" makes it sound like a war, which is never a good thing. But when a good friend of yours, a nice kid, tells you of how he was thrown out of his own home at 17 when he came out to his folks, and how they never spoke to him again, and when you see him and his boyfriend having to spend Christmas away from their bigot families, not even able to afford presents for each other...well, it makes you think. The concept of "ally" starts to sound strangely appealing.
And it's not only that. In Italy we're currently living in a right-wing government that's destroying any good that had been done so far towards acceptance of all races, religions and orientations. It's a government that's slowly turning the younger generations into mindless drones without any respect for the dignity of the human being - younger generations that are responsible for hideous hate crimes that have been affecting the country, and especially Rome, during the last couple of years. Reports of teenagers attacking gay couples on the streets are almost a weekly appointment on the news, and during the last summer the absurd bigotry of those same people that voted for the current government - TWICE - reached new heights: they actually had gay kissing BANNED from some beaches. And that's only what happens in the general population, the remarks about gay couples that come from right-wing politicians or even the freaking Pope are not even worth repeating.

Thank you DA for allowing me and other people who feel strongly about this issue like me to express what we feel through art and thanks for all the purple on this special day.

REMEMBER, this is not only about homosexuality and homophobia - THIS IS ABOUT ALL OF US, all those who have ever felt out of place, all those whose lives have been made difficult simply because we live in a society that teaches us that it's OK to be rude, cruel and violent to people who are different.

WAKE UP PEOPLE, we are all passing through life momentarily - LET'S MAKE THE BEST OUT OF IT, life's really, really too short to be filled with hate.

And I'm totally wearing purple underwear today.




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Altar [link]
Forest [link]
Prince [link]
Sleeping prince [link]

Title: lyrics from Sleeping Beauty (1959)
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:iconxelanesque:
How dare you compare that spineless coward Clementi with Teena and Shepard, what happened to Clementi was no tragedy but an act of pure idiocy.
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Ciro1984 Jun 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Different kinds of hate, different kinds of violence and different kinds of victims. The result is still the same, young lives destroyed.

I find it disturbing that you would call spineless coward a kid who felt that being outed was too much of a shame and that his life had become worthless at that point. The problem is not the kid, but what was all around him. In a world that doesn't pinpoint homosexuals as freakshows to be mocked on the internet that kid would not have been so fucking scared to be out that he needed to kill himself.
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Well thats my view
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Gforceisanutter777 Jun 2, 2011  Student General Artist
Beautiful, in every sense of the word.
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motherearth01 Feb 4, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Excellent art work and comment.
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A (not-so-good) photo of this deviation on a coffee mug purchased from dA is posted here if anyone would like to see how awesome it is to drink coffee from! Sorry about the quality but that is sort of explained in the comment. [link]

Again, Ciro, this deviation is amazing and I'm so happy I have a copy of it for myself even if it is smaller than I'd hoped for (oh god I'd wanted a poster size of it :lol:) I enjoy it most mornings when waking up in the morning to it filled with hot java!
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LadyLeaf48 Dec 29, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful picture. But even more beautiful is what you wrote. There's also so much beauty in all the people here in DA who advocate the same spirit of love and acceptance. What date is Spirit Day; so I know for next year. Would like to submit something in purple then.
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J-J-Q8Stock Nov 3, 2010   Photographer
Thanks for using our stock. This is really pretty.
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Life-is Oct 31, 2010   Traditional Artist
Urethral - beautiful piece and beautiful message :heart:

"REMEMBER, this is not only about homosexuality and homophobia - THIS IS ABOUT ALL OF US, all those who have ever felt out of place, all those whose lives have been made difficult simply because we live in a society that teaches us that it's OK to be rude, cruel and violent to people who are different.WAKE UP PEOPLE, we are all passing through life momentarily - LET'S MAKE THE BEST OUT OF IT, life's really, really too short to be filled with hate." - Couldn't have said it better myself - it's not 'us' and 'them'; it's 'we' - in the end, it all boils down to the same essentials - people being afraid of difference and therefore shunning it or turning against what they don't understand, and in many cases, what they never need to understand - but make a big deal out of something that should just be neutral - like the personal life choices of others. Thank you for such a lovely deviation and contribution that serves as a reminder that these needless and idiotic attitudes and practices still exist in our world today
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