US Senators Release “It Gets Better” Video!!!

With so many disappointments in our fight for equality, it’s always a nice change to be able to talk about something positive.

The Boston Red Sox have officially become the third professional sports team to release an “It Gets Better” video following The San Francisco Giants and the Seattle Mariners.

There are currently countless petitions on change.org aimed at getting other teams to record their own videos for the campaign. One such petition is for one of my personal favorites, the New England Patriots. It can be signed here.

Another surprise I had today was seeing the “It Gets Better” video released by 13 US Senators recently.

After watching it, I’m kind of conflicted. On one hand, it’s a great campaign and I think it’s wonderful that these politicians, people who are in charge of making decisions about our equality, have come out with such an inspirational message. On the other hand, you have these Senators telling our youth not to be ashamed of whom they are while voting against bills that give us equal rights. It seems a little hypocritical to me. I applaud their intention, but if we, as a community, are expected to believe this message, it’s going to take more of an effort on their part than just a five minute video clip. As the old saying goes, actions speak louder than words. It’s time for our government to step it up a notch.

The Obama administration has done more for the LGBT community than any of its predecessors, but there is still a long way to go. One day, everyone will be treated equally, regardless of age, sex, race, nationality, sexual orientation or gender identity and we’ll finally see the freedom that this country was founded on. We the people…means everyone.

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4 responses to “US Senators Release “It Gets Better” Video!!!

  1. I agree. In some senses, it really doesn’t “get better.” Maybe people develop more friends and support and can have wonderful lives. But, anyone who is “different” will experience some sort of harrassment or exclusion even as adults. What gets better is the understanding of who you are and the ability to make friends with people who will understand and support it. But, there’s still battles to be fought.

    • Exactly. Very well put. I applaud the campaign for what they’re try to do in telling kids to hang in there. The whole point of it is to combat teen suicide and make them realize that they’re not alone and in doing that, it’s a very good message. However, we’re all responsible for making good on that promise. We can tell people to hang in there and things will eventually get better, but without the actions to back up the words, no true change will ever occur.

  2. While obviously it is not THE complete answer to the situation that teens must face, having people from vast areas providing their testimonials has proven invaluable to teenagers. The It Gets Better Project also follows up by attaching supportive groups and help and support resources. I have always appreciated Dan Savage and his tireless work in advocating gay issues. (He’s a local Seattle boy!)

    • I actually just saw Dan’s video today, don’t think I’ve seen the whole thing before. It was very inspiring. Like I said before, I applaud their efforts and I do think that kids need these role models to make them understand they’re not alone. This is one of the reasons I’m a big proponent of more public figures coming out, like it or not, kids look up to celebrities. Now that we have this message out there, we need more action to help make some of these issues better now. The bullying is becoming an epidemic and one of the biggest problems is that teachers aren’t properly trained on how to handle these situations and sometimes are even punished for trying to stop it.

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