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1 comments | Thursday, October 21, 2010

President Barack Obama becomes the latest high-profile individual to lend his voice to the Dan Savage created "It Gets Better" campaign designed to encourage young victims of anti-gay bullying.

In his video, Obama said: “I don’t know what it’s like to be picked on for being gay, but I do know what it’s like to grow up feeling that sometimes you don’t belong. It’s tough. For a lot of kids, the sense of being alone or apart, I know it can just wear on you. And when you’re teased or bullied, it can seem like somehow you brought it on yourself for being different or for not fitting in with everybody else. But I want to say is this: You are not alone. You didn’t do anything wrong. You didn’t do anything to deserve being bullied, and there is a whole world waiting for you—filled with possibilities. There are people out there who love you and care about you just the way you are.”


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This is really good. The more people who speak out about this sort of thing the better. In addition, I believe that if you’re prominent and well-known, such as a politician or athlete or entertainer or someone notable, then it should be a requirement that you speak out about topics such as this and help people feel embraced in spite of their differences. One thing that is certain, many people who may not listen to anybody else often listen and pay attention to celebrities, almost to the point of obsession. Celebrities need to take on more of a role of being the leader, coach, and mentor that many people look to them to be. Some people may not hear you or I but they just may hear it when their favorite celebrities say something. They’re human like the rest of us and in spite of their fame, they have faced the same everyday challenges as everyone else. I have even envisioned artists producing socially-conscious messages in their work. This does my heart good to see President Obama addressing this. Excellent!!!

October 22, 2010 7:36 AM


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