Thursday, October 7, 2010

It Gets Better: Protecting Our GLBT Youth

In light of recent spikes in suicides among young people, specifically LGBT youth, awareness has been raised in terms of protecting those who feel hopeless.
The It Gets Better Project has been a prominent part of the movement with people rushing to the aid of troubled teens. Even celebrities have weighed in. It's amazing to see the outpouring of love and support for our youth. With the Eddie Long controversy, the proposed repealing of Don't Ask, Don't Tell, and the back to back suicides that have made national news, gay issues are at the forefront. During the Obama campaign, I often said I felt like I lived in the 1960s because of all of the activism among youth and the national conversations about race. Well, now I suppose we are in the 1970s, as gay people feel a new freedom and sense of urgency to fight back. I recently said that we need another Harvey [Milk]. I suppose we don't. We each need to channel our own inner Harvey.

"You gotta give 'em hope." - Harvey Milk
It does get better, indeed.

Jake Shears of the band Scissor Sisters
on coming out


Singer Jewel
on her experiences with defending a gay friend


Fashion guru and star of Project Runway
Tim Gunn
on his own suicide attempt


For Tyler Clementi, Seth Walch, Gwen Arujo, Matthew Shepard, and the countless others.

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