What a pleasure to meet Lyle Lovett in Texas last week. He was at the performance of Peer Gynt, in which Lucas Priolo danced the title role. Lyle Lovett is every bit as charming as you would imagine him to be. I snapped this photo of these three creative men right after the performance at Bass Hall in Fort Worth.
We had the great pleasure of meeting John Hawkes and presenting him with a Let Love Out bracelet, which he promptly put on, as you can see! His movie, The Sessions, is just coming out, and his performance is creating a lot of Oscar buzz. If you get a chance to see it, you won’t be sorry. The central theme is love and tolerance – now where have I heard that before?!
by Wendy Strgar, Stuff We Love on her site: Good Clean Love
August 22nd, 2012
I was a guest on a really cool radio show in San Francisco called an Organic Conversation when I first learned of the Let Love Out campaign. The designer of this universal symbol of love was being interviewed, also. He explained how he combined an interlocking heart with an infinity sign to create a symbol for all that is good within us and for all the good that we can do when we let it out. Carl Priolo, shared how he had created this emblem in honor of his brother Chris who died from AIDS with the intention of spreading the message of love and tolerance.
I was so touched by the story that I wanted a bracelet myself. At the end of the show, both of the hosts took off their own bracelets and gave them to me in honor of all the love I generate in the world. I was transformed by the gift. These incredible guys, taking their love emblems that they had been wearing off of their own wrists was one of the most meaningful expressions of gratitude that I have ever received. Each time I looked down at my wrist, I felt the warmth of that love again.
A few weeks later, the Let Love Out emblem became even more important to me as I had the opportunity to gift it myself. My son was going through a painful break with his girlfriend of several years and was totally lost to himself. In his grief, he allowed me to lead him on a guided meditation. I was blessed in that moment to witness him discover the place in his heart that needed to let the love in.Tears rolled down his cheeks as he recognized his ability to let the love in, to not abandon himself.
At that moment, the bracelets also became the symbol for letting the love in. I still wear one everyday. But this is not one that was given to me at the radio show, those were gifted long ago.Who do you know that needs to let their love out? Or more likely still to let it in? These aren’t just gifts; they are daily reminders of the love that buoys us and keeps us safe.
In addition, every bracelet purchase donates part of the purchase price to some great projects that make the world more loving every day. Now you know what to give to the person you love who has everything….
Carl Priolo isn’t gay himself, but as a resident of the San Francisco Bay Area, he was personally appalled by the hatred that kept gay men and lesbians from enjoying full social equality, including marriage rights. That’s when the jewelry designer and his son launched the Let Love Out campaign this past spring.
“I wanted to do something to honor the memory of my brother Chris, who died of AIDS in 1989,” Priolo says. “He was a gifted, passionate teacher and composer who never felt safe enough to come out to the world as a gay man.”
But the campaign has local relevance as well: Priolo’s son, Lucas — who joined in launching the campaign — is principal dancer with the Texas Ballet Theater.
Let Love Out is a symbol of love and universal tolerance. This universal symbol represents all that is good. It serves to raise consciousness in our world that we must let love and tolerance prevail. The symbol, an interlocking heart and infinity sign, can be worn by everyone...