Trust Us, Kids … It Gets Better
Unless you’ve been totally out-of-touch with current events, no doubt you’ve heard about the latest string of bullying- and LGBT-related suicides. From Tyler Clementi, the Rutgers student who jumped off the George Washington Bridge after his roommate streamed a internet video of him being intimate with another guy, to 13-year-old Seth Walsh, who hanged himself after being teased for years about being gay, it is apparent that there is a dire need for LGBT kids, teens, and young adults to have a support network around them while they’re coming into their own.
Dan Savage, an author and journalist most famous (until now) for his sex advice column Savage Love, took matters into his own hands. A homosexual himself, he appreciated the pain and angst with which many LGBT youth of today are suffering, and formed the It Gets Better Project in September as a means of reaching these individuals on the global medium that is the internet.
Via the It Gets Better Project YouTube channel, Savage and his husband Terry created a venue for LGBT and LGBT-friendly folks to create videos demonstrating how, really, life does get better. The project’s web site notes, “Many LGBT youth can’t picture what their lives might be like as openly gay adults. They can’t imagine a future for themselves. So let’s show them what our lives are like, let’s show them what the future may hold in store for them.”
Create your own video today and support this fantastic effort. Follow the guidelines for submissions, and see your video – and your story – broadcast to young people who may truly benefit from your words.