Jonah Speaks on Good Morning America
In case you missed it, and I did by mere minutes, Jonah and his wonderful family were on Good Morning America this morning speaking out publicly for the first time since the frenzy began last weekend. Okay, let me first say to those who lashed out at my posts yesterday about Jonahmania that you’re missing, completely, what I was saying. Let me tell you that watching that raw video from August STILL makes me cry! The 12-year-old boy inside of me who was savagely beaten in a gay bashing felt every single bit of Jonah’s pain. As he cried, I cried. And, in the end, as he vowed to fight on, I, too, chose to fight on through it. I’m so glad that I did. He will be, too.
This doesn’t mean, mind you, that I’m wavering one iota from my stance that, as we saw again this morning on GMA, Jonah is okay. Better yet, he’s going to BE okay. My “rant”, as it was called, remains intact: share some of this now-overabundant love and support with some of the other, hidden, teens who are in the exact same boat that Jonah was in in August and let THEM know that there’s hope for them. Let THEM know that there’s literally millions upon millions of people worldwide, thanks largely to Jonah’s video, who are willing to be there for them, as well. See, Jacob Rogers didn’t feel that love and support. Now, he’s gone. I’m not ready to move past that one yet. He struggled in his final days while the world gushed over Jonah. Not a knock on Jonah; a knock on us as a people. You call it a rant; I call it the blinding truth. Tomato, tomato.
In Jonah’s interview, we get to see a healthy, happy Jonah along with his loving, supportive family. Heartwarming. Johan said that he’s very happy that “the topic is getting the attention it needs to”, finally. That’s his gift to us. He encouraged other at-risk teens who are being bullied to “tell your parents…because keeping it in just makes it a lot harder.” And, again, his unspoken message was, “I’m ok. Things were really dark then, but I’m ok.”
I embrace Jonah Mowry. Undoubtedly, millions of other teens in the same boat do, as well. It took unprecedented courage for him to make that early morning video last August. We’re a better people because he did.