I’m an avid listener of the Savage Lovecast, and have been since I was in about grade 11. I just love Dan Savage’s perspective and sense of humour, and I really appreciate his political statements. He’s this huge part of what I know about sex and sexuality, and I really appreciate his candor.
Recently he started the It Gets Better Project. I think it’s fabulous. It’s all about telling LGBTQ and other bullied youth that life gets better after high school, and it’s so good. I honestly wish that this was around when I was in junior high, when I and my best friend who was bisexual were having rocks thrown at us for me not looking white enough and her not being straight enough.
It’s great, too, who has contributed a video to the message. Obviously, Dan Savage’s video is inspirational, but the other videos just compound the message; queer youth and being bullied, and it’s not fair. Barack Obama, Sarah Silverman, city Councillor Joel Burns, Hilary Clinton, and Joe Biden have all contributed, along with a bunch of pop stars whose names I don’t recognize because I’m not in junior high anymore. (I also have no idea how to pronounce a name that has a dollar sign right in the middle of it but I guess I’m just old.) Queer staff at facebook have also contributed, which is really cool because it demonstrates that you can not only move on socially, but you can also work a job that you’ll enjoy.
So, whomever reads this, please look at this website and share it with your friends. I’m thinking about contributing a video. It got better for me.
And best wishes to all the friends and family of Justin Aeberg, Billy Lucas, Cody Barker, Asher Brown, Seth Walsh, Raymond Chase, and Tyler Clementi. I’m so sorry for your loss.