I don’t know how many of you follow the news, but I do and one story meant so much that I needed to say something about it. Months ago, Dan Savage and his partner, Terry Miller, started a youtube revolution. They knew that they couldn’t speak directly to LGBT teens, but that teens will go to youtube or Facebook or Twitter so they began a project called It Gets Better. The couple wanted to share that once you graduate high school, life can and does get better. The concept is to record a video that encourages LGBT youth by telling them “it gets better,” then upload that video to youtube. Thousands of videos have been uploaded to date.
The news story I saw shared the story of a gay teen who had uploaded a video to the site to encourage his peers to persevere and that “it gets better.” Unfortunately, for this boy it did not get better and he ended his life. It is heart wrenching to think that despite his outer courage, he was clearly experiencing a great deal of pain. I think the online campaign is a positive one. In fact I encourage you all to view the site, take the pledge, and watch some videos. But I also encourage you to do more. Talk to people, listen, and encourage someone to get help if they are struggling. We know that if we can instill some hope, we might be able to prevent a suicide. Sometimes we just need to listen to others and sometimes we need to do more. It takes a trained person to counsel someone, but it does not take a trained person to just listen and to care. So please, look at this site and think of the people that need us.
In addition, I would encourage you to visit this site as well http://www.thetrevorproject.org/ The Trevor Project is an organization that was developed specifically to prevent suicide in LGBT youth.