BY MARISOL MEDINA
SOUTH FLORIDA NEWS SERVICE
When Raul Morin was 15, he sat in front of the class jock in school, “the wrestler, football player, big, beefy guy,” who bullied him for being gay.
“I was the class nerd, the closeted white elephant no one could talk about,” said Morin, now 33.
The bully would write the word “fag” on the back of his shirt, in light pen ink, and Morin would continue the rest of the day unknowingly sporting the insult on his back.
“It certainly didn’t enhance my self-esteem,” said Morin, who is now president of the board of the Miami Gay Men’s Chorus, a community-based organization that has decided to take on bullying as part of a five-year program of children’s productions.
This year’s production is Oliver Button is a Sissy, a musical based on a children’s book targeted to kids ages 5-11. The play, which is meant to be the chorus’ anti-bullying voice, premiered on Feb. 25 at the Coral Gables Congregational Church.
IF YOU GO
What: ‘Oliver Button is a Sissy,’ a musical for children
When: 4 p.m. Sunday
Where: All Souls Episcopal Church, 4025 Pine Tree Dr., Miami Beach
Cost: Free. Donations are welcome.
If you have a group that could benefit from the musical performance, contact Anthony Cabrera at firstname.lastname@example.org.