"Nine out of 10 gay teenagers experience bullying and harassment at school, and gay teens are four times likelier to attempt suicide. Many LGBT kids who do kill themselves live in rural areas, exurbs, and suburban areas, places with no gay organizations or services for queer kids."
This was written by Dan Savage author, media pundit, journalist and newspaper editor. Savage writes the internationally syndicated relationship and sex advice column Savage Love. On September 23, 2010 he wrote a blog post, "Gay Bullying Victim Who Survived", in response to reading about a gay teenager in Indiana—Billy Lucas—who killed himself after being taunted by his classmates. Savage found his Facebook memorial page being defaced by people posting homophobic comments. He wrote; "it is heartbreaking and sickening". He asked the question; "What the hell can we do?" He also wished he could have had a chance to talk to Billy and tell him, it gets better. He points out that gay adults are not allowed to talk to these kids and asks why are we waiting for permission to talk to them?
Since his blog post, he has launched a channel on YouTube—www .youtube.com/itgetsbetterproject—to host short videos of others speaking about their own lived experiences surrounding bullying as a GLBT youth. His hope is to reach out to kids in crisis and to let them know it gets better.
Maybe you or someone you know has had this same experience or maybe you have witnessed this same type of bullying of young people. If you could speak to yourself or someone you know at an age first experiencing gay bullying, discrimination, intolerance; what would you say?
Starting now and continuing at EVERY GLBTQ Lubbock awareness event in the month of October, cameras will be available for event-goers to record their message of how “It Gets Better”. We want to hear YOUR STORY of how it got better and bring awareness that even in our religious conservative West TX town that there are supportive organizations, groups and people just like them that have faced bullying, struggle and intolerance.
OUTwest Lubbock has created our own Youtube channel and will be posting the interviews as they come in. It’s time for us to step up and do something about suicide and this is our beginning.
Please encourage everyone to attend this months events and take part in our project if you are in a safe place to do so!
For those interested in being a part of this project please email email@example.com with "Lubbock: It Gets Better Project" in the subject line.
To help educators create a safe space for LGBT youth in school click here to place a kit in a middle or high school via the Safe Space Campaign.
- Statewide LGBTQ news: Ft. Worth City Councilman, Joel Burns (October 12, 2010)
"It Gets Better" (Broadway sings for the Trevor Project)
Broadway stars rock out in celebration of life, in the wake of LGBT suicides across the nation. Please SHARE this original song and video to help send a message of hope and support.