it gets better

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If our local sex advice columnist, Dan Savage, does nothing else for the rest of his life, he can rest easy because he started the It Gets Better project. Good work, Dan. The recent video contribution to the project from Pixar is so well done that it’s been seen practically everywhere. I’m posting it again anyway as a homage to the project, and to all the contributors, and on the tiny, tiny chance that someone who needs to see it will run across it on this little blog that has about three regular readers.

Posting the video also commemorates the fact that the repellent organization called the Family Research Council was just placed on a list of hate groups as compiled by the Southern Poverty Law Center. The SPLC got its start tracking the activities of the KKK and filing lawsuits against them. They continue to track organized bigotry of various kinds, such as the extreme anti-gay venom spouted by the The Family Research Council. This council which allegedly supports “faith, family, and freedom” actually fits quite comfortably on a list of various neo-nazi groups, the KKK, and similar despicable institutions.

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2 thoughts on “it gets better

  1. Kerry

    The It Gets Better project is pretty amazing. It does raise other questions, though, such as, why should this huge project be aimed at telling people to stick it out until after high school, rather than addressing the huge problem that exists in the present. Also, for many people who are not in a position to go to college or move away and start a new life away from everything they knew, it doesn’t get better- especially for people who are discriminated against for a lot more reasons than being/perceived as being gay. Some movements have tried taking a more action-based approach, such as makeitbetterproject.org, or putthisonthemap.org
    check out videos like: http://vimeo.com/17101589

    Not to say the It Gets Better project doesn’t serve an important purpose- it certainly does, and it does it well- and it raises important questions of why such videos are needed.

    • dangblog

      Thanks for your comments, Kerry. The answer to your question about why we should do this huge project just to get people through high school is this: it was an immediate triage in response to a number of youth suicides.

      If this project stopped even one suicide, I’d consider it a success. Because it was a kind of triage, it was never intended to solve the larger problems that you address. To whatever extent it makes people think and act on those primary issues, that’s a good thing, but it wasn’t the focus.

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