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Mercer’s Rant: Even It Gets Better Can Get Better

Mercer’s Rant: Even It Gets Better Can Get Better
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There are, it appears, two ways to do an It Gets Better video.

After the suicide of Jamie Hubley, the son of an Ottawa Councillor and a vibrant, dynamic, but bullied, gay teen, many people were touched by his story and wanted to reach out to do something – anything – to try to tell teens that it does get better, that while the teenage years can be really terrible for some, life grows and changes and evolves and won’t stay the way it is now, no matter how dark it may seem at the time.

Even Conservative Members of Parliament and staffers participated in making an It Gets Better video:

It Gets Better

One can forgive the participants if the video seems, well, stuffy and bureaucratic. This is Ottawa, after all. And the sentiment is clear: There is a light at the end of the tunnel. Please, if you need help, ask for it. However, the video is unlikely to grab many teens except perhaps those who idolize members of the Conservative Party of Canada. Still, perhaps there’s something to be learned – even the It Gets Better videos can get better.

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9:54PM PST on Dec 1, 2011

Thanks for posting.

1:50AM PDT on Oct 30, 2011

Thanks for the article.

12:17AM PDT on Oct 29, 2011

Hopefully things will change before another student takes his life.

8:37PM PDT on Oct 28, 2011

Thanks for the article.

8:12PM PDT on Oct 28, 2011

One thing I don't understand about bullying is where are the parents of the bully?

This is actually a conversation I started having with my children when they were toddlers. They grew up knowing that while I loved them unconditionally there were a couple things that were absolutely unacceptable to me 1-being unkind and cruel to others and 2-smoking.

I agree with Rick Mercer that people need to step up and be role models but parents also need to step up and make it their business to make sure their children aren't bullies

6:27PM PDT on Oct 28, 2011

leanne m. Is there a petition regarding this discusting "kick a ginger day?" Those boys should be charged with assault! Tell Robin Marty about this it needs to be investigated and brought to the publics attention.

5:46PM PDT on Oct 28, 2011

Such sadness that many cannot be stand-up and be counted for who they are. Stand tall be proud and know that others love you and support you - you are BEAUTIFUL!

Thank YOU for this article.
-Holly

2:06PM PDT on Oct 28, 2011

Thanks

1:38PM PDT on Oct 28, 2011

The "It Gets Better" message was a great starting message for hope, but now the real work begins – the job adults must face to make it better. I cannot help but notice that some of the M.P.s featured in this video have voted against equality rights for LGBT people and same-sex couples. Is this making "it" better – or merely giving a message of false promises?

10:30AM PDT on Oct 28, 2011

What?

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