Thursday, June 30, 2011

13 Senators tell LGBT Youth: “It Gets Better”

In September 2010, Dan Savage--author of the internationally syndicated relationship and sex column Savage Love--created a YouTube video in response to a number of tragic suicides by LGBT youth who were bullied because of their sexual orientation. Savage’s goal was to inspire members of the LGBT community who face harassment and fight for the chance to be themselves. Through YouTube, Savage’s first video reached people across the globe and encouraged them to hold on. Today, the It Gets Better Project has grown into a worldwide movement dedicated to reminding LGBT youth that they are not alone.

In less than a year, It Gets Better has gathered support from celebrities, politicians, and organizations ranging from Colin Farrell and Hillary Clinton to Pixar and Gap. Recently, thirteen U.S. senators teamed up to create their own It Gets Better video, discouraging LGBT teens from giving up, and assuring them that America’s political atmosphere is changing. The senators assure viewers that they are working hard to fulfill the promise of America: equality. The politicians note the repeal of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Act” as a first step in speaking out against hate and intolerance, and assure the LGBT community that they won’t stop there. Things will get better.

Check out the inspiring video, released Wednesday June 29, 2011, below and click here to learn about the Trevor Project, a benefactor of It Gets Better, determined to end suicide among LGBT youth.


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