And the winner is … Janet Dowell

No, Janet didn’t win the Oscar. But as we wrote last week, the Plano mother of two appeared with her children in a public service announcement to combat anti-gay bullying. The segment was a finalist in a contest, and the winner’s entry would appear on Logo.

Well, this morning it was revealed that Dowell’s PSA won, along with fellow contestant Robby Bernstein.

Congratulations, Janet! You can see all the entries here.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Plano woman records bullying PSA

Janet Dowell, left

With the national prominence brought to the anti-bullying movement by Joel Burns, it’s only appropriate that another North Texan is hoping to make an impact.

Plano-based Janet Dowell is one of five finalists in a competition sponsored by the Logo Network to create a brief (25 seconds or shorter) public service announcement video to squelch anti-gay rhetoric.

Dowell’s is among the best, but all are good and deserve a look-see. You can view all the videos here, and vote for your favorite — Dowell of course hopes her fellow Texans support her, but just voting is a good idea. The contest runs through Jan. 25.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Daniel Radcliffe speaks out on teen suicides in PSA for The Trevor Project

Lots of celebrities have been speaking out over the past week or so on the subject of the teens who have killed themselves after being bullied. Daniel Radcliffe, star of the Harry Potter film series, has added his voice to the discussion in the form of a public service announcement for The Trevor Project, a national 24-hour, toll free confidential suicide hotline for gay and questioning youth.

Because I am a Harry Potter fan, I am sharing Radcliffe’s video here:

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