June 29, 2011 | by Phil Reese
GLSEN encouraged by U.S. Senators’ ‘It Gets Better’ video

13 members of the U.S. Senate today released a joint video for the ‘It Gets Better Project’ encouraging discouraged or bullied LGBT youth not to lose hope. The LGBT youth advocacy group, Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network, praised the video.

Included in the video were Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), Chris Coons (D-Del.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Al Franken (D-Minn.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Mark Udall (D-Colo.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.).

“We applaud these senators for sending a positive message about their commitment to LGBT young people. These Senators are among those leading the fight to address rampant bullying and ensure safe schools for all. Congress is currently considering two bills to make schools safer for all young people, and we hope other Senators follow the lead and push for these bills to become law,” said GLSEN Executive Director Eliza Byard in a statement to the press, Wednesday.

The ‘It Gets Better Project’ began as a response by gay Seattle columnist Dan Savage to bullied LGBT teen suicides in 2010. Since it began, over 10,000 ‘It Gets Better’ videos have been created by everyone from the President to sports teams.

 

1 Comment
  • I’m really excited by these Senators’ movement to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act and their joining the It Gets Better Project. It really brings to light the importance of the IGB movement, in conjunction with legislation to promote equality.
    I think the stories of individuals, celebrity or not, are really important and need to be heard. I was especially touched by Tim Gunn’s account (his video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9GGAgtq_rQc ) and Belo Cipriani’s book Blind: A Memoir (http://blindamemoir.com ) Belo’s friends attacked him and blinded him for being gay. His story is really inspiring and worth reading!

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