Thursday, July 7, 2011

It Gets Better

Last year, a horrific series of adolescent suicides prompted Seattle Stranger writer, Dan Savage, to record a video with his partner, Terry, giving a message of hope to young people being bullied for being or simply appearing to be gay. The idea was to show these 13 and 14-year-olds that although life may seem impossible when you are outcasted or ridiculed for being different, life can and does get better. That video evolved into a movement. Now, the It Gets Better Project, seen at, has thousands of videos from all kinds of people and organizations sending the same message, to hold on and believe that it does get better.

You can see messages recorded by all kinds of celebrities from President Obama to Kermit the Frog, but I found the most moving ones to be from Fort Worth Texas City Councilman Joel Burns, Pixar employees and the Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles. I suggest watching those three in that order.

It's a truly beautiful project. Way to go, Dan Savage.

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