The Pop Culture Hero Coalition, an organization created by Chase Masterson (Leeta: Star Trek Deep Space Nine) with “heroism experts” Carrie Goldman and Matt Langdon, combines actors and activists to triumph over bullying and encourage everyday heroism. John Barrowman (Capt. Jack Harkness: Doctor Who) joined the PCHC on stage at San Diego Comicon to share his stories and empower fans.
“I knew at a very young age that I was gay,” says John Barrowman, famous for playing Captain Jack Harkness on Doctor Who. Barrowman joined the coalition’s founder Chase Masterson (DS9) along side founders of the NOH8 campaign, actors, writers, and even the President of San Diego’s United Nations Association Chapter, to tell stories of how he overcame bullying as a child.
“The Coalition is doing unprecedented, powerful work,” Chase Masterson of Star Trek Deep Space Nine told TrekMovie. Masterson is proud of what her group has accomplished, and rightfully so. The Coalition is stepping up to offer support for bullied kids and adults in a time when it is sorely needed by tackling nerd-centric yet broadly reaching topics such as bullying, racism, LGBT issues, cyber bullying, and misogyny to name a few. “We’re standing for heroism, off-screen as well as on.”
While it is nearly impossible to track the amount of bullying in the world, organizations that gather statistics on bullying have noted an increase in reported cases of bullying, particularly cyberbullying.
Masterson encourages fans to help others in need. “We all love superheroes,” said Masterson to the crowd. “So, why not be one?”