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It Gets Better

As some of you know, I’ve been fighting a thoroughly ridiculous cold for the past few days. It’s just a cold, but I have a crap immune system and so it always takes me days longer than a normal person to shake things and yes I’m drinking lots of juice, taking my vitamins and last night I even made myself some homemade soup.

Today is Wednesday which means I’m supposed to do a poll.  But honestly, my brain is just too fuzzy to pull it off.  And I’ve been doing lots of reruns lately. Which sucks, sorry guys. So instead I thought I’d do a post highlighting something really wonderful going on out there in the blogosphere – the It Gets Better Project.

I’m sure most of you have seen this already, but maybe you haven’t.  What I love most about this project is its simplicity.  Dan Savage read about yet another senseless suicide of a gay teen who’d been bullied at school and realized there was actually something he could do.  Offer teens hope. Show kids that if they could wait it out, things do actually get better.

As a straight girl who thought high school/home was hell, I KNOW that the one thing I clung to (especially in my early teens) was the knowledge that one day I’d be old enough to get the hell out of there. That I’d go to college and move to Manhattan and live the life of my dreams.  I just had to survive high school, first.  But it was easy(ier) for me because I had decades worth of media showing me a way, not realistically as I really didn’t see myself as the next Holly Golightly, but it was there.

Anyway, I’m babbling.  I told you, I have a nasty cold.  And I’ve been taking lots of drugs.  I’m just so happy that now there is a place, with dozens (hundreds?) of stories for gay teens to look to.  They have proof – it gets better. They just have to hang on a little while longer.


4 to “It Gets Better”

  1. sandy says:

    thanks for posting this. i love dan savage (and terry, from what i know about him from dan’s books and column). i’d like to share it with my own circle, i’m just trying to figure out the best forum.

  2. I love Dan Savage!! Great post. It’s always so sad to hear about the bullying/suicide of anyone, but especially this story. It’s sick what people do to others.

    Feel better.

  3. Such a good message. It. Will. Get. Better.

  4. Sam says:

    It is just sick and sad that people can do this, bullying of all sort is just not on.