It Gets Better
The theme's basis is the claim that if homosexual youths can "just get through their teen years", they'll be able to enjoy the protection of adult power and camaraderie which will overcome the "daily tormenting and bullying" they face now. A premise of this is that the main problem the gay community faces is lack of acceptance and toleration from "straight" people.
The campaign began in September 2010, when Savage noted a number of suicides by teenagers with homosexual thoughts who had been bullied for their sexual orientation. He told teens to hold on to their homosexuality, promising them that adult homosexual life will provide them "levels of happiness, potential, and positivity". In response to the suicide of a teenager named Billy Lucas, Savage expressed, "I wish I could have talked to this kid for five minutes. I wish I could have told Billy that it gets better. I wish I could have told him that, however bad things were, however isolated and alone he was, it gets better."(Author's emphasis) Savage, in conjunction with several organizations founded the project as a 501(c)(3) organization and set up a YouTube channel to which videos could be uploaded.
While the channel started off with just a video from Savage and another person, within two weeks more than 200 videos were submitted to the project and soon after the project reached YouTube's video limit of 640 submissions. Due to the increasing submissions an website was launched to host more videos. The site continues to accept submissions.
The It Gets Better project is currently a national embarrassment. In 2012, as many as 100 students walked out of an anti-bullying speech by homosexual activist Dan Savage when he turned the topic to the Bible and engaged in anti-Christian bullying through shouting vulgarities and mocking Christian beliefs.
The project has seen its fair share of criticism from both sides of the spectrum.
In January 2012, Vox Day reported that two gay teenagers who had made videos It Gets Better Project died by suicide(see also: Mental Health and Homosexuality). Vox Day also indicated that it doesn't get better and that homosexuality is a deviate lifestyle that homosexual propagandists promote (see: Homosexuality and choice).
Those on the right have argued that while it is noble to help troubled young people, Dan Savage's video message is wrong and that gay teens need help. Mentally and physically, it gets better by leaving homosexuality. At the least, they say, abstinence will prolong their lives, not shorten it.
Some of its proponents have suggested that "It Gets Better" should be making things better now, instead of saying it will get better later in the future.
Inspired by Obama, the White House Staff created a video in support of It Gets Better project. White House Staff, YouTube
As noted above, in January 2012, Vox Day reported that two gay teens who had made videos It Gets Better Project died by suicide.(see also: Mental Health and Homosexuality). Vox Day also indicated that it doesn't get better and that homosexuality is a deviate lifestyle that homosexual propagandist promote (see: Homosexuality and choice and Ex-homosexuals).
Untruthful Homosexual Activists' Ideology Cost Lives
The Family Research Council offered the following glimpse of how untruthful homosexual ideology resulted in the loss of human life:
|“||In 1995, long after the deadly effects of AIDS and other STDs became widely known, homosexual author Urvashi Vaid expressed one of the goals of her fellow activists: "We have an agenda to create a society in which homosexuality is regarded as healthy, natural, and normal. To me that is the most important agenda item." Debilitating illness, chronic disease, psychological problems, and early death suffered by homosexuals is the legacy of this tragically misguided activism, which puts the furthering of an "agenda" above saving the lives of those whose interests they purport to represent.||”|
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- http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2010/10/22/obama-joins-it-gets-better-campaign-dan-savage-says-make-it-better/ Obama Joins It Gets Better Campaign Dan Savage Says Make It Better
- http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/09/22/showing-gay-teens-a-happy-future/ Showing Gay Teenagers a Happy Future
- http://www.thestranger.com/seattle/SavageLove?oid=4940874 Give 'Em Hope
- http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/10/07/MNVJ1FP6E1.DTL Dan Savage overwhelmed by gay outreach's response
- Anti-Bullying Speaker Curses Christian Teens Starnes, Todd, FoxNews Radio, April 27, 2012
- http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/lady-laura-bush-lends-support-bullied-gay-teens/story?id=11982691#.T1BY9fG41M4 Laura Bush Lends Support to Bullied Gay Teens
- http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2011/10/22/conservatives-it-gets-better-video-criticism_n_1026409.html Conservatives' 'It Gets Better' Video Draws Criticism