Friday, October 22, 2010

President Barack Obama Tells LBGT Youth It Gets Better

Posted By on Fri, Oct 22, 2010 at 5:31 PM

Dan Savage, author of the internationally syndicated sex column "Savage Love" and the editorial director of The Stranger, one of Seattle's alt-weeklies, started an online video project called The It Gets Better Project, after the high-profile suicide of Tyler Clementi, a Rutger's University freshman who took his life after his dorm roommate broadcast video of him engaged in sexual activity with another student.

The goal of the project is to reach out to LBGT youth and let them know that the bullying they may be facing will not endure, that it gets better. Hundreds of videos have been uploaded to the Youtube channel from people everywhere offering messages of hope to young people in crisis.

The project has garnered much attention and praise from across the political spectrum. Wherever people may stand on issues of gay rights, few support teenagers being bullied into suicide.

This morning, Savage's project got probably its biggest endorsement yet, when President Obama contributed a video, telling youth that while "I don't know what it's like to be picked on for being gay, I do know what it's like to feel like you don't belong," and that kids should know they are not alone and will one day be able to see their differences as a source of pride.

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