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Obama tells gay teens 'It Gets Better'

">obamaThe latest issue of Out In The City (November 2010) carries news about the ‘It Gets Better’ project – a YouTube channel in which people leave messages of hope and support for troubled gay teenagers who are being bullied. The project was launched following a spate of suicides in the US of teenagers who were bullied because they were gay, or who others simply thought may be gay.

Since then, the channel has gained some high-profile endorsement, with the likes of Jake Shears of the Scissor Sisters leaving video clips. The latest high-profile contributors were Hilary Clinton and Barak Obama. A

">video from the President of the US was posted on 21 October, in which he says that he was shocked and saddened to hear about the suicides. “I don’t know what it’s like to be picked on for being gay,” he said, “But I do know what it’s like to grow up feeling that sometimes you don’t belong. It’s tough. When you’re teased or bullied it can seem like somehow you brought it on yourself … With time you’re going to see that your differences are a source of pride, a source of strength.”
“You are not alone. You didn’t do anything wrong. You didn’t do anything to deserve being bullied. And there is a whole world waiting for you, filled with possibilities.”
Although the President’s video clip was welcomed by many, some LGBT activists have been critical, pointing out that he could back up his words of support with more concrete legislative action – pointing to the continuing ban on gay people in the military as one area in which the President could act more decisively.

Posted: 23 October 2010


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