Tuesday, October 5, 2010
There have been a number of recent teen suicides in the LGBTQ community.
This has really broken my heart and the hearts of many.
In response to these tragedies, Dan Savage started the "it gets better" project as a way to give a little hope to teens everywhere.
Sadly, LGBTQ teens are 4 times more likely to commit suicide in comparison to heterosexual teens.
Homophobic and transphobic bullying are an everyday reality in high school's across the nation. And at the end of the day, countless teens have no place to go, but back "home" to family situations that are often filled with bullying and abuse.
It's important that we come together as a community and find ways to make our city more supportive and safe for all youth, and that we encourage youth to fully be who they are.
Youth need to know that it does get better...and we need to make it better.
I created a short video for youth, as my contribution to the "it gets better" project:
Let's all be part of this much needed shift...