Jonah Mowry of Anti-Bullying Viral Video Fame Among Next OC Human Relations' Honorees
Mowry is among the people, groups, agencies, schools or companies the nonprofit organization is scheduled to bestow awards to at its 42nd Annual Awards Gala May 2 at the City National Grove of Anaheim.
His viral video, which was posted in August 2011, featured soft piano music playing as he faced the camera silently and held up cards describing the anguish and turmoil he experienced due to being bullied. Mowry, who figures he's been gay since first grade, made the video at 4 a.m. before returning to Serrano Intermediate School for fall classes.
By December of that same year, the teen was appearing on Good Morning, America and drawing support from Lady Gaga.
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In February 2012, he headlined the launch of the Monster March in San Francisco, where he appeared with parents of teens who had committed suicide because of bullying. Mowry and Daniel Mendez, a San Clemente High School student who committed suicide in 2010 because of bullying, were honored at the event.
Jonah Mowry and Daniel Mendez of OC Among Bullied Teens Honored at National Event
Mowry's national spokesman role continued into the summer, when he began posting weekly videos called "Jonah Mowry Advice" that tackled such topics as depression and hurting oneself. In October, he participated in the People's March Against Bullying on Laguna Beach's Main Beach. The event was organized by Cool 2 Be Kind, a San Clemente High club started by Mendez's friends.
"Many teens grapple with depression and feel that they are alone. His candor is encouraging many of them to seek the help that they need," Judy Iannaccone, an OC Human Relations board member, says of Mowry in a statement listing the upcoming award recipients. "There is no telling how many countless young lives he has saved with his courageous acts. His courage has made a difference in so many people's lives--young and old alike."
Others OC Human Relations is scheduled to present awards to this year are listed on the next page . . .