Dan Savage and his husband Terry Miller have launched a project and a national message for LGBT students and teenagers called "It Gets Better."
People from all over the nation are posting videos on youtube with the title "It Gets Better" and they share their experiences about being gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender. Savage and Miller are doing this in reply to the spike in teen suicide that's been occuring around the nation regarding LGBT students. They are seeking to send a clear message of hope, and whatever you are experiencing now, whether it's rejection from your family, discrimination and bullying at school, or even thoughts of suicide, it will end.
Here is Dan and Terry's video:
At the end of class on Friday, Michelle asked us in more or less words, what happens when science does not appreciate individuals who do not fit into specific categories? Well, I think there's a chain reaction.
I think that because science doesn't appreciate unique individuals or individuals who do not fit into certain categories, it makes it hard for society as a whole to appreciate them, which then, in return, makes it hard for individuals to appreciate themselves. I think that's one of the reason why we've seen a spike in suicide amongst LGBT students recently. A big part of society has a complete misunderstanding of this group of people, and because of that, they are often treated with discrimination and LGBT youth face bullying and harrassment at school. This has been an issue for a long time, but because of recent news headlines, it's sparked debate about whether or not schools are trained properly to handle these situations or if they are even obligated to.
So my question is; Where do we start? How do we begin to fix this gap we've let grow? How do we reach out to students/youth facing issues with being LGBT and also facing harrassment or discrimination?