Thursday, December 29, 2011


Thank you for your support of NOSSA - National Organization Of Short Statured Adults in 2011. We wish you and your family a very safe and happy new year and hope that you will continue to join us in our efforts to advocate on behalf of short statured people in 2012 and beyond...

We are very happy to report that a new documentary about NOSSA will be released in 2012. Keep visiting our website for the latest news about the film.

If you haven't yet joined us now is the time -

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Miss Universe Malaysia to remove height requirement

NOSSA President Christopher Hamre requests for height requirement to be removed and is successful @ Chris Hamre Blog

Friday, December 16, 2011


Are critics all bad? No, critics often provide valuable feedback and inspiration. Some critics will provide valuable suggestions that you can use to make improvements. Others will help you gauge whether or not your activities are making an impact. Even hate inspired criticism can prove useful in that it can inspire and motivate you to continue your work when you might otherwise feel ambivalent or lack motivation.

That is why I would rather deal with a vocal critic than a silent friend. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” The real enemy is apathetic, indifferent, and doesn’t give you much thought. While the people in your life who can potentially provide you with the most benefit are those who are interested in you, care about you, and are thinking of you. Even if that interest is critical in nature. Surprisingly, the person who hates you can inadvertently do more to help you than your silent friend. But that will depend on you and your perspective.

If only my critics knew how close I had come to giving up, but for their words, I was inspired to continue!

So the next time someone criticizes you and what you are doing….thank them!


Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Friday, October 21, 2011

Defeat Florida HB 4063 - A Bill to Legalize "Dwarf Tossing"

Florida HB 4063 - A bill filed by Florida State Representative Ritch Workman to legalize "dwarf tossing" is in danger of becoming law in the State of Florida!!!

The bill is now in the hands of the Florida Business & Consumer Affairs Subcommittee. Please contact the people below and tell them you strongly oppose this bill. We need your help to stop this cruel and dehumanizing bill from becoming law in the State of Florida:

Florida List of Business & Consumer Affairs members

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Monday, October 10, 2011

"Dwarf Tossing"

NOSSA - National Organization Of Short Statured Adults is disgusted by the recent attempt by Florida State Representative Ritch Workman to legalize "Dwarf Tossing".

Workman has been quoted as stating:
"All that it does is prevent some dwarfs from getting jobs they would be happy to get," Workman said. "In this economy, or any economy, why would we want to prevent people from getting gainful employment?"

1 - HB 4063 condones the cruel objectification of human beings. It clearly sends a message that it is acceptable in our civilized society to treat little people as if they were objects and to have little regard for their safety and well being.

2 - The vast majority of little people are not "happy" to participate in "dwarf tossing". Those folks who do engage in this activity do so because they feel they have limited opportunities to earn an income through conventional means. So why aren't we addressing that???

3 - We at NOSSA ask Mr. Ritch Workman why he would choose to put little people "back to work" in such a horrific activity? Why he would champion a cause such as this? Are there not other avenues he could explore to put little people "back to work"?

Please contact your elected representatives in Florida and express your opposition to this bill. If you do not live in Florida, please contact Workman directly through his website and let him know how you feel.

Email Workman here!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Monday, September 12, 2011

George Stephanopoulos Too Short for Morning TV?

The National Organization of Short Statured Adults has learned that ABC is considering getting rid of George Stephanopoulos due to the fact that he is shorter than his co-anchors and that it apparently doesn't look good on camera.

This is absolutely wrong! Mr Stephanopoulos is an excellent journalist and has been at ABC for quite a long time. For them to ask him to leave because of his height is reprehensible and immoral. ABC should be ashamed of itself!

Our organization will ask that people across that nation boycott ABC if this should happen to send the message that height discrimination will not be tolerated!

Monday, August 22, 2011

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Still think heightism doesn't exist???

Take a look at this statement posted on one of our videos about the use of growth hormone in children:

"You are so stupid, now tons of parents are not going to treat kids and they are going to be short.."

The scary thing about these types of comments is that these people have absolutely no idea that they are prejudiced and just accept the fact that short stature is an inferior trait. Our response...What would be so terrible about being a short statured person?

Monday, July 18, 2011

Cyber Bullying, Cyber Stalking & Harassment Help for Short Statured People

NOSSA - National Organization Of Short Statured Adults is now offering support, public advocacy, and referall assistance for those short statured people who have been affected by cyber bullying, cyber stalking, and harassment based on their size. For more information about cyber bullying please click here. For help, contact NOSSA here. No person has the right to abuse you or your loved ones. Together, we can make a difference in the lives of those affected by online harassment.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Height Discrimination in the workplace

President Hamre reporting on another case of height discrimination in the workplace. Click here for more information.If you need help regarding height discrimination click here and get in contact with NOSSA! We will do our very best to help you.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Why such opposition?

Why are so many folks so opposed to height/weight anti-discrimination legislation?

One critic says, "You are creating an opportunity for both plaintiff's lawyers and individuals to have one more basis to sue their employers for damages. It will keep businesses out of Nevada"

They are so worried about these lawsuits. If you aren't discriminating what would you have to fear? The courts will dismiss frivilous suits. The reality is that they know this goes on and they fear that a law such as this will cost them. It's a fact that people discriminate against short and fat people every day. The fierce opposition to this bill is further proof of that. If it were a non-issue nobody would care if this passed or not. The courts dimiss frivilous suits every day. It takes a great deal of preponderance of the evidence in order to be successful in a civil suit. Let's get real and ask ourselves why so many are opposed to this.

Other critics claim it will open up the floodgates and clog the court system. YET....

"For those who may argue that making these additions to the anti-discrimination laws of Nevada would open up the flood gates of lawsuits, I would point out that the law has been in place in the state of Michigan for more than 30 years and during that time there have only been four lawsuits," said Howell, an activist who tries to protect people of size. "Only four lawsuits in 30 years is not a flood of suits that will tie up our court system."

Another critic states, "Anytime I criticize an employee, I may be subject to the accusation of abuse," he said. "If I move their office, I may be subject to the accusation of abuse."

Mere criticism is not the basis for this legislation. We are talking about discrimination. Discrimination that must be proven in a court of law based on preponderance of the evidence.

Business's fear these laws because they know that discrimination against the short and overweight happens and a law like this will hold them accountable.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Flood gates????

"For those who may argue that making these additions to the anti-discrimination laws of Nevada would open up the flood gates of lawsuits, I would point out that the law has been in place in the state of Michigan for more than 30 years and during that time there have only been four lawsuits," said Howell, an activist who tries to protect people of size. "Only four lawsuits in 30 years is not a flood of suits that will tie up our court system."

Are these words falling on deaf ears?

Thursday, March 03, 2011

Nevada Assembly Bill AB90

NOSSA - National Organization Of Short Statured Adults supports Nevada Assembly Bill AB90 - An act prohibiting workplace bullying introduced by Nevada Assemblyman Segerblom. If you live in Nevada, please contact your state representative and tell him or her that you support this bill and want to see that it is passed! For contact information go to Who's my rep? Workplace bullying must end!

Saturday, February 12, 2011

NOSSA President takes a stand against heightism

The President of NOSSA - National Organization Of Short Statured Adults, Chris Hamre, took a stand today (February 12, 2011) against height discrimination. Join us!

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

NOSSA President to Protest Height Discrimination in NYC

NOSSA President Christopher Hamre will be protesting heightism and height discrimination on Saturday February 12, 2011 @ 848 Washington Street in New York City. The protest will begin at 2PM.

Monday, January 31, 2011

Height Discrimination

Two noteworthy developments in the ignored world of heightism and height discrimination:

Bayonne, New Jersey Police Sergeant Patrick Burns case - Burns filed a lawsuit against the city, alleging that he was harassed at work on account of his short stature. The city fired back by firing Burns alleging he violated numerous department policies and procedures. Well, Burn's appeal met with some success recently, as his termination was reduced to a 6 month suspension.

You can discuss this matter with us here.

Also, two New York waitresses were fired for being too short and have filed a $500,000. lawsuit for gender discrimination. We will keep you updated on this case as we will be watching it closely as it moves through the court.

You can discuss this case here.

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