Below is from the Put This On blog – I didn’t feel the need to reinvent the wheel, but wanted to help spread the word.
“One of my favorite public figures, Dan Savage, recently launched a video project called It Gets Better. The premise is simple: GLBT grownups sharing encouraging words for GLBT teens and kids. Their message is simple: it gets better. He and his husband Terry recorded a video of their own, and encouraged folks like my friend Dave Holmes (above) to do the same.
Every adolescent faces enormously high stakes as they try to find a place for themselves in the world. Those stakes even higher for GLBT kids, or those questioning their sexual or gender identities. The next time someone gives you the “sticks and stones” argument, just remind the arguer of the relative suicide rates among straight and gay teens.”
For the rest of his post please visit his website – putthison.com
Dan Savage and Terry from the “It Gets Better” project:
WHAT IS THIS ALL ABOUT?
From Dan’s column about Billy Lucas:
“Billy Lucas was just 15 when he hanged himself in a barn on his grandmother’s property. He reportedly endured intense bullying at the hands of his classmates—classmates who called him a fag and told him to kill himself. His mother found his body…. I wish I could have talked to this kid for five minutes. I wish I could have told Billy that it gets better. I wish I could have told him that, however bad things were, however isolated and alone he was, it gets better.
But gay adults aren’t allowed to talk to these kids. Schools and churches don’t bring us in to talk to teenagers who are being bullied. Many of these kids have homophobic parents who believe that they can prevent their gay children from growing up to be gay—or from ever coming out—by depriving them of information, resources, and positive role models.
Why are we waiting for permission to talk to these kids? We have the ability to talk directly to them right now. We don’t have to wait for permission to let them know that it gets better. We can reach these kids.”
Read Dan’s entire column here: