After Spate of Anti-Gay Bullying, Dan Savage Says 'It Gets Better'

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Dan Savage's message is simple: It Gets Better. The message is to teens coming to grips with sexuality issues and his video project is a call for gay adults around the world to tell their stories. The project and YouTube channel comes as a spate of anti-gay harassment has been making headlines, especially the death of Rutgers student Tyler Clementi, who jumped off a bridge in New York last month after his roommate outed him on the internet.

Just days earlier, Billy Lucas, 15, of Greensburg, Ind. hanged himself after being taunted by classmates for being gay. Before that, Justin Aaberg, 15, of Andover, Minn. met the same fate.

Dan Savage, writer of the sex advice column "Savage Love" and editor of the Seattle alternative weekly, The Stranger, talks about the project and how he thinks communities across the country must address the issue of bullying.

Below, check out the first "It Gets Better" video with Dan Savage and his husband, Terry.

Comments [1]

JEFFREY from New York City

I like—LOVE—what Dan has done, but somehow it's not enough. There's something creepy about the part of the message that says "hang on, put up with the gulag in which you live, which is basically a given, and you will find your way eventually to an accepting, embracing world." Yes, this is a gift to these kids. And yes, it will save lives. So, for that reason, it is an act of love and even heroic. However, when are we going to hold the ADULTS who terrorize these gay youth, directly or indirectly, responsible for their crimes against humanity, and when are we going to finally effect some lasting change for kids in our society so they do NOT have to hold on and suffer the torture of the closet before finding their way to the freedom of adulthood?! And what steps are Dan Savage or the other celebs doing to this end?

Oct. 12 2010 03:35 PM

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