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

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

Democratic United States senators have come together to record an It Gets Better message for LGBT youth and all kids made vulnerable by bullying and harassment.

The video features Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), Chris Coons (D-Del.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Al Franken (D-Minn.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Mark Udall (D-Colo.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.).

Several of those senators have backed calls to repeal the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act. In the video senators reiterate that support, saying that in order to fulfill the promise of America equality must prevail.

Senators end by vowing “We’re making it better,” and pleading, “Don’t give up, it’s going to get better… let’s fight for it.”

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9:52PM PDT on Jul 27, 2011

A lot of good posts!!! And Kudos to those Senators.
But what is the bottom line message under this PSA?? That some Democrats really DO care. Republicans??? What of their message?? "We just don't care. And we don't want it to be better for LGBT teens and we don't want them to think it will get better." If our Republican Senators don't feel that way . . . well, they are doing a great job of keeping it very quiet. And their actions & their votes are sending a very hateful message to LGBT citiens of this country, to the youth and the adults.

7:48AM PDT on Jul 27, 2011

Thank you for your compassion! Now educate your fellow Senators.

6:03PM PDT on Jun 30, 2011

All DEMOCRATS, of course. Today's Republicans are so WRONG and PETTY and such losers. What ever became of intelligent, thoughtful, educated Republicans? I am SO ASHAMED OF THE RATS in the current batch. How embarrassing most of them are.

3:33PM PDT on Jun 30, 2011

Wish my senators were on there. It hurts that they aren't.

3:26PM PDT on Jun 30, 2011

Would that only one republican would have displayed the courage to contribute their time on that video. Standing in unison for discrimination is just wrong!

10:32AM PDT on Jun 30, 2011

I gets better when laws are passed and enforced to make it better. It gets better when all schools pass anti-bulling policies and help the bullier instead of blame the bullied for reacting. It gets better when adults except responsiblity for making it happen!!!!

8:49AM PDT on Jun 30, 2011

Wow, not one republican. What a surprise...

8:20AM PDT on Jun 30, 2011

It is awesome seeing people in power bringing this message

7:33AM PDT on Jun 30, 2011

I'm glad that so many legislators are joining the IGB project, and I hope it translates to legislation.

I've always been impressed by the It Gets Better project. It's been inspiring to not only the target, LGBT teens who are bullied, but to so many others as well. Reading and listening to the stories of LGBT youth and adults is really inspiring.

Probably my favorite story is Belo Cipriani's in his book Blind: A Memoir - http://blindamemoir.com
Belo was attacked and blinded at age 26 by his childhood friends for being gay. His story is about dealing with his blindness and creating a new life for himself, and it's really inspiring. It definitely embodies the mission of the IGB project, and I'd recommend it to anyone interested in the movement.

7:04AM PDT on Jun 30, 2011

I applaud the bravery and kindness of the senators for speaking out to gay teens and hope that they can translate this into legislative action that overturns policies that discriminate against GLBT people and add protections for sexual orientation to anti-discriminatory policies.

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