Still not 100% so won’t be around too much, but I really wanted to share with you all something I discovered last week and posted on Twitter.
It is Dan Savage’s ‘It Get’s Better’ project, which is aimed at giving hope to GLBT teens suffering from bullying following the recent suicide of yet another young person due to harassment.
You may have seen links to the YouTube channel already; however, I urge you to take the time to listen to these experiences and spread this important message.
If it is one thing that our kids need desperately today, especially those who are hurting and struggling to be true to themselves, it is hope.
I saw that, too – what a great project!
I agree and I think people should do more to make sure kids don't get bullied so this project is very good. thanks for posting this
Really great project. I've been following along since they first started the project last week– so glad that it's getting a lot of attention and that so many have posted videos. Several teens have left comments saying how much the videos have helped.
Totally awesome. I just watched the video on another blog.
Thank you for the link. Off to check it out now. Sounds like a very worth while project!
Take care sweetie! Mystery parcel on the way – hope you like the wrapping paper *evil grin*
The project reminds me just how depressing high school was and how much better being an adult is!
It really is important that the kids know… it gets so much better – just hold out!
OMG, my friend David did a video for this project. He's such a super guy, always trying to make the world a better place.
Kids just need to know they aren't alone. It's sad that they feel they are.
Hi Kris 🙂
Finally coming out of lurkdom (been crawling through the shrubbery for much too long…very uncomfortable)
Thanks for posting this link, I'd have missed it otherwise! Totally wonderful project. And totally sad that it's come to this. It kind of chokes me up every time I read about another such story. 😦
The image they created for the campaign is great, btw, brings across all the right emotions.
Chris: Yes, it is.
Sagi: I also think that more should be done about bullying. In Oz there have been some horrifying outcomes of bullying in the last 12 months or so. Terrible.
Richelle: I've been catching up with the comments as well and it is great to see that this project is helping if for nothing else than giving some hope.
Jambrea: I agree. I watched Dan and his partner's video last week. There are some many personal stories being added all the time. It is awesome.
Orannia: “Mystery parcel on the way – hope you like the wrapping paper *evil grin*”
LOL. I can't wait to see it. Am totally intrigued. 🙂
Miranda: “The project reminds me just how depressing high school was and how much better being an adult is!”
Yes. I had a few probs with harassment myself so I've never been one of those people who wished they could relive the so-called glory days of high school. Yuck.
Tam: “Kids just need to know they aren't alone. It's sad that they feel they are.”
I 100% agree. I think more adults need to remember what it was like being a teen so they can be more supportive. One of the reasons why I like this project so very much.
Lilli: Hey there. 🙂 Great to read you, but if you brought creepy crawlies with you from that shrubbery I'm totally kicking your arse. 😛
“It kind of chokes me up every time I read about another such story. :(“
Yes. It breaks my heart to hear these kinds of stories. The Mumma and I were just talking about this yesterday – that there are people, especially young people, in such lonely, confused and hurting situations.
We wondered if by people thinking that the internet is available to learn more about such issues that it's had the result of some of us forgetting the necessity of making that personal connection, that personal effort to provide support? Something to ponder anyways.
Thanks for sharing that link. You know that this is a subject near and dear to my heart. I see so many kids who are bullied for a variety of reasons. It's heart-breaking, especially since so many adults seem to condone the mistreatment of GLBT kids.
I'm glad you're feeling a bit better. Take care of yourself, hon!
So many gay teens don't even have the support of their own parents. I pray for the day when society finally learns to accept all people for who they are.
What a fantastic project Sissy. Thanks for the link, I'm sure if word gets out to those in need it will change many lives. I wish more parents would become less focussed on their own lives and talk WITH their kids rather than talk TO them. and then perhaps they might just understand how harsh it is out there in teenage land.
Wow this is awesome.
Eyre: “I see so many kids who are bullied for a variety of reasons.”
I remember you telling us that horrid story about the boy who was bullying kids and it was being videoed. It horrifies me that this sort of thing happens everywhere and kids are terrified of speaking out about it. No child, no one should have to go through that.
Stephani: “I pray for the day when society finally learns to accept all people for who they are.”
So too do I.
Mumma: “I wish more parents would become less focussed on their own lives and talk WITH their kids rather than talk TO them.”
I agree, but then again I was lucky enough to have one of the awesomest Mummas in the world. 🙂
“…but if you brought creepy crawlies with you from that shrubbery I'm totally kicking your arse. :P”
*lol* Maybe you should send my arse in quarantine for a little while to make sure. I can't guarantee for anything… 😉
There's much to ponder, Kris, but what you mentioned is especially interesting.
Also, your post reminded me of Lee Wind's blog that covers “GLBTQ teens, culture and politics”. I used to check there from time to time cause you can discover some interesting stuff over there. If you're interested and don't know the blog yet: http://www.leewind.org
Lilli: Off to quarantine you go! ;P
Lee Wind's site is my go to place for GLBT YA. I also enjoy reading his articles about issues especially facing GLBT teens. It's a terrific site.
I'm proof that it gets better. I wasn't a gay teen growing up, but was abused and bully to a point where I almost walked into traffic because it got so bad, hoping a car would hit me and I would be dead.
I wish I could talk to these young kids and tell them that it does get better than there will always be small minded people around who are scared to embrace individuality, creativity and eccentricity. But there is always a light at the end of the tunnel.
What a great idea.
Katiebabs chook, I am so sorry that you had to go through that, but you're right it definitely does get better and that is such an important message to send to young people. 🙂