Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has recorded her own “It Gets Better” message for bullied LGBT and at-risk youths, adding her voice to the now global project. In the video, Clinton affirms that “your life is so important” and “tomorrow will be better.”
*Below is a transcript kindly provided by Care2 blogger Laura Smith-Gary:
Transcript for Secretary Clinton: “Tomorrow Will Be Better”
Video: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaking directly to the camera.
Secretary Clinton: Like millions of Americans, I was terribly saddened
to learn of the recent suicides of several teenagers across our
country after being bullied because they were gay or because people
thought they were gay. Children are particularly vulnerable to the
hurt caused by discrimination and prejudice, and we’ve lost many young
people over the years to suicide. These most recent deaths are a
reminder that all Americans have to work harder to overcome bigotry
I have a message out there for all the young people who are being
bullied, or who feel alone and find it hard to imagine a better
future. First of all, hang in there. And ask for help. Your life is
so important — to your family, your friends, and to your country.
And there’s so much waiting for you, both personally and
professionally. There’s so many opportunities for you to develop your
talents and make your contributions. And these opportunities will
increase, because the story of America is the story of people coming
together to tear down barriers, stand up for rights, and insist on
equality — not only for themselves, but for all people. And in the
process they create a community of support and solidarity that
endures. Just think of the progress made by women just during my
lifetime, or ethnic, racial, and religious minorities over the course
of our history. And by gays and lesbians, many of whom are now free to
live their lives openly and proudly.
Here at the State Department, I’m grateful every day for the work of
our LGBT employees who are serving the United States as foreign
service officers and civil servants here and around the world. It
wasn’t long ago that these men and women would not have been able to
serve openly, but today they can. Because it has gotten better. And it
will get better for you. So take heart, and have hope. And please
remember that your life is valuable, and that you are not alone. Many
people are standing with you and sending you their thoughts, their
prayers, and their strength. Count me among them.
Take care of yourself.
Have You Heard About the Make It Better Project?
The Make It Better Project is supported by a host of LGBT organizations and charities and is aimed at LGBT youth with the message that, yes, it does get better, but you don’t have to wait. There are people out there wanting to help to stop the bullying right here, right now; all you have to do is to reach out to them.
For more information, and links to resources for LGBT teens, their parents, educators and straight advocates, please click here.
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Don’t Suffer in Silence, Get Help!
The Trevor Project runs a 24/7 helpline with trained counselors ready to listen if you or someone you know would like to talk about the issues dealt with in this post.
The Trevor Project Helpline number is 1-866-4-U-TREVOR (1-866-488-7386).
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