Sunday, October 3, 2010

#91 It Gets Better Project

An AMAZING project by Dan Savage, an American author, media pundit, journalist & newspaper editor.
So. What is it all about???
An excerpt 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."

"If you're gay or lesbian or bi or trans, and you've ever read about a kid like Billy Lucas and thought, "F*ck, I wish I could've told him that it gets better," this is your chance. We can't help Billy, but there are lots of other Billys out there—other despairing LGBT kids who are being bullied and harassed, kids who don't think they have a future—and we can help them...."

The project was launched September 21st 2010 & there are now hundreds of 'It Gets Better' movies, each with hundreds & in fact some with tens of thousands of views...
The channel has hundreds of thousands of views.
See more of the It Gets Better Project here.

Dan Savage, Congratulations on being brilliant & THANK YOU.

C x

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