Advice columnist, Dan Savage, uses YouTube to directly support gay teens [video]

Posted by JD Uy
September 22, 2010 4:57 PM |

''If there are [teenagers] out there watching this video. What I'd love for you take away from it is: It Gets Better. However bad it is now, it gets better. And it can get great. It can get awesome. Your life can be amazing. But you have to tough this period out, and you have to live your life so you can be around for it to be amazing.''

From Dan Savage on his newly launched YouTube channel. He is collecting stories from adults who want to convey to teens that they can survive the bullying and awkwardness of growing up gay or lesbian. (ItGetsBetterProject)

''We can’t help them. That’s what makes gay adults despair and feel so helpless when we hear these stories. We can’t barge into these schools. I get to go to colleges and speak, but high schools don’t bring me in, and those are the ages that young gay people are committing suicide. I’ve read these stories for years. Because of technology, we don’t need to wait for an invitation anymore to speak to these kids. We can speak to them directly.''

Dan Savage telling the New York Times why he has launched a new YouTube channel -- ItGetsBetterProject. Many people interested in helping LGBT youth are frustrated by the inability to reach isolated or remote kids who feel they have no support and no future. Savage is gathering stories from different types of adults who want to share their hopeful message that real life is nothing like middle and high school. (New York Times)

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