LGBTQ Native American Youth: It Gets Better

 

The National Native American AIDS Prevention Center has recorded a special It Gets Better video aimed at LGBTQ Native American Youth to communicate to them that there is life after bullying and that they are valuable beyond measure.

The video’s description really says it all:

“This is for all the LGBTQ Native youth throughout the country. From the villages in Alaska, to the Islands in Hawaii, to every corner of Indian Reservations across America… It Gets Better…we are living proof!! If you or someone you know is feeling alone… call the Trevor Project… they can help! 1-866-4U-TREVOR.”

Particularly touching is the sentiment expressed by one young woman who says “I know you don’t know me, but you are still my brother. You are still my sister. You are still my friend. [...] You are not just okay. You are valuable.”

Watch below:

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).Trevor Project Links:

 

Related Reading:

True Blood Star Kristin Bauer: It Gets Better (VIDEO)

U.S. Senate to LGBT Teens: It Gets Better

Obama’s LGBT Pride Month Speech (VIDEO)

 

Photo used under the Creative Commons Attribution License, with thanks to -Marlith-.

26 comments

Mark Alan Dellavecchia

FYI - Thursday, October 20, 2011 is International SPIRIT DAY - one of the minor holidays on the LGBT Calendar. It is asked that you wear a PURPLE SHIRT as a sign of LGBT support, and in memory of the LGBT Teens who have died because of their orientation.

Suzy D.
Rev Suzy D.4 years ago

We must remember that many of the powerful shamans, medicine healers, and teachers of old were what we would now call LGBT. Those shamans that weren`t had the vision to know that we were all equal and had something precious to contribute! Blessed Be!

Norma V.
Norma Villarreal5 years ago

Beautiful message. Thank you.

Joe R.
Joe R.5 years ago

Great video!

Paula L.
Paula L.5 years ago

A much needed video. All though I am hetero sexual, I have never had anything against those who are not. I have some of the most wonderful friends I could ever have that are homo-sexual. There is so much that they have to endure through their who life. It is really a shame. Like Dennis W. stated in his comment, The Creator made them who they are. It is time folks realize this. They are just as beautiful as all the rest of God's creation.

Teresa Wlosowicz
Teresa W.5 years ago

good news

Dakota Payne
Dakota Payne5 years ago

Being a True Blood fan and an open minded person, educated with a moral compass, I hope anyone who is being bullied or does not have family support and friends standing with them in person will watch the PSA's and see they are supported and not alone and that IT DOES GET BETTER........just hang in there and don't give up or give in to harming yourself. Time does bring better days

Robert O.
Robert O.5 years ago

Awesome message! Thanks Steve.

J M A.
JM A.5 years ago

THIS IS WONDERFUL & DESPERATELY NEEDED!! BLESSINGS TO ALL!!

Dennis Warren

I have learned much on the Lakota Red Road from Winkte/Two Spirit people, and to a person they had a very hard time growing up both on the Res and as urban Indigenous People. Pilamaya/wopila to the Trevor Project for their work in helping Native youth in accepting the person that Creator/Tunkasila/Wakantanka made them, and I pray that they can take the message of the video to heart.
Changleska Wakan Apichiyapi
Mitakuye Oyasin