Late last year, after several suicides of LGBT youth who’d been bullied because of their sexual orientation, Seattle’s Dan Savage (from the Stranger) and his husband Terry Miller posted a video on YouTube to reach out to LGBT youth to tell them that “It Gets Better”. They hoped for a 100 such videos from other people, but were amazed by the response — well over a 10,000 videos have been posted by people of all sexual orientations, including President Obama. Check out the It Gets Better YouTube channel and the website. Selected messages have been published in a book It Gets Better: Coming Out, Overcoming Bullying, and Creating a Life Worth Living
Savage and Miller were at Seattle’s Town Hall today, talking about the idea behind the project, and messages that had moved them. 3 contributors to the book also read out their messages. Savage was pragmatic, acknowledging that they are not stopping the bullying, but they are indeed offering hope to many people being bullied. A very moving event, with hope permeating the atmosphere. What a Good Thing To Do!
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