I’m sure you’ve heard of this by now, but I just couldn’t resist posting it.
Dan Savage recently created the It Gets Better Project, an online, social media tool for reaching out to teenagers who are being bullied for being gay, to tell them that it gets better. In a recent interview with MTV, Savage said, “When a gay teenager commits suicide, it’s because he can’t picture a life for himself that’s filled with joy and family and pleasure…So I felt it was really important that, as gay adults, we show them that our lives are good and happy and healthy and that there’s a life worth sticking around for after high school.”
He and his husband Terry made this video in which they talked about how hard high school was for them, but how wonderful their lives are now:
Since this project started last month, thousands of people have uploaded their own videos to send the same message in their own words. There are even celebrities doing it – everyone from Kathy Griffin to Adam Lambert to President Obama. But one of the coolest ones is this video by the Gay Men’s Chorus of LA:
This is such an amazing project. I just keep thinking that this is why the internet was created – to allow people to connect across all social, economic and physical boundaries so that every single person knows that there’s someone else out there who cares about them. Even if they’ve never met.
Thanks to Alayna for sending me these videos.