Dan Savage started the It Gets Better Project, to try to make a positive difference to the lives of young people who are being bullied and struggling because of factors relating to their real or perceived sexual orientation.
I made a video for the project. You can view it here:
My partner Gregory also told his story:
I invite you to also record a video for the project. It’s really easy to do. Just open your phone cam, plug in a web cam on your laptop or personal computer, or ask a friend to help you out. Take a minute or longer and tell your story. Tell a story of how you survived your school years, how you helped a friend get through, how you might have been a bully and how you regret it, how you said something once that you think might have had a negative impact on someone and wish you could have taken it back. Please, just say something, something sincere and from the heart. You might just make someone sit up and listen. They might think twice about taking their life, or give them a ray of sun to lighten a dark place.
Joel Burns told a deeply moving story:
President Barak Obama has spoken from the White House:
These are just two of the more amazing contributions to the project. There are hundreds more. Every one adds a little extra piece to the puzzle of hope and love.
You can make a difference. You owe it to someone who needs your help.