How many Homophobes does it take to change a light bulb?
They fear change, even if it would make the world a brighter place.
This is a video which reached me via Otep Shamaya.
Some time ago, in response to the growing number of suicides among gay youths in the US, Dan Savage started the “It get’s better“-project. It encourages queer adults to share their stories and struggles of coming out and dealing with being different and being bullied and harrassed because of it, with the aim of assuring struggling youths that they are not alone, and, of course, that it gets better. The campaign received widespread attention when it was endorsed by Lady Gaga.
In the youtube-video above, you see 14-year-old Jamey from Buffalo, NY, struggling in his surroundings, and yet speaking of hope.
He comitted suicide shortly afterwards.
I would love for campaign to expand to everyone struggling:
IT GETS BETTER.
As for living proof:
You might remember that quite a while ago, actor Ian McKellen participated in a pope-critical gay pride parade, wearing the same motto-shirt as everyone else, and then some wise-ass nerd ‘shopped it and fooled the news for a while? Yep, that’s right, he’s gay and has been out for over 20 years.
But, despite being gay, not only is he a pretty decent, successful and wealthy actor — he’s also got a wicked sense of humor.