Sen Mark Udall – Part of an It Gets Better video!

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Thirteen United States Senators have teamed up to discourage lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender young people from giving up, reassuring them in a video released Wednesday that they are working hard in the Senate to fulfill the promise of equality for all.

The video is part of the It Gets Better Project, which was founded last year after a series of tragic suicides by LGBT youth who were bullied because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. The inspiring project is determined to help LGBT youth see a positive future beyond what is often a difficult adolescence. More than 10,000 LGBT adults have produced videos around the “it gets better” message – a collection that has formed the heart of a global movement of support.

Participants

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-Col.)

Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.)

Ron Wyden (D-Ore.)

14 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. RLaitres says:

    It comes as no surprise to some of us that the list contains not a single Republican Senator.  Hunkering down for the next election, they have no wish to offend the so-called “social conservatives” within their organization no matter how many will undoubtedly suffer as a consequence.  It is merely another indicator of what all too many of them are really concerned about, retaining or gaining office such that they can keep or achieve power. That, by the way is a quite familiar refrain in the annals of history, individuals placing their own personal interests ahead of anyone else.  In fact, it was exactly what the German people did, that enabled Hitler and his regime from perpetrating their crimes against humanity.  Most of the German people did not care, just as long as they were being taken care of and whatever he did, it not affecting them directly or adversely, could not have cared less.  In fact, they didn’t even want to know about it.  Not so funny how history so quickly repeats itself, especially when one does not know or understand the subject.

  2. BlueCat says:

    Hope Bennet signs on. Great message for all High Schoolers. There is a nearly endless list of things that we get given a hard time about in those years even if we’re straight, and it does get better. The handful of jock gods and cheerleader goddesses who tormented so many of us rarely wind up doing any better in life than the geeks-and-misfits-by-various-standards and, in fact, are lucky to do as well. Many of us who didn’t fit the highly restrictive cookie-cutter standards of beauty, for instance, found ourselves considered pretty hot in our 20s.  

    Just as an example. Not that looks are anywhere near everything but kids should know, even in that department, High School is extra cruel. Do realize the LGBT kids have it extra, extra hard and this is a great campaign.

  3. RLaitres says:

    that we find not a single Republican Senator on the list.  Election season beginnig, they have no wish to offend the so-calld “social conservatives” (taliban) within their ranks. Such is what happens when elected officials have no courage and place their own career paths and interests ahead of those they are supposedly representing, and no matter what suffering or misery they will impose upon others.  That is nothing new in the annals of history as it was pretty much the attitude of the German people who, whatever Hitler did, it not directly or adversely affecting them, could have cared less about those “others.”  In fact, they didn’t even want to know about it.  Strange, or perhaps not so strange, at how history can repeat itself, and within so few generations, especially when people don’t take the time to know and understand history and the lessons it would teach.  (What makes this so erie is that gays and lesbians were one group of individuals that the NAZI regime actually persecuted, and pretty much for the same reasons that today’s “social conservtatives” are using, that they are corrupting to society and youth, and therefore need to be “purged from society”, they being untermenschen.)

    • RedGreenRedGreen says:

      You’re 2 for 2 on Godwin’s Law in a single comment thread. That’s impressive!

    • BlueCat says:

      they talk about how Hitler and friends were gay, how the Nazies were formed in gay bars how they needed gays because only gays were brutal enough to carry out their horrific policies, how gays were, therefore, pretty much responsible for the holocaust.  

      I’m pretty sure we can a have a meaningful debate without dragging Nazis and Hitler into it, one way or the other. Nazi policies toward all kinds of minorities? Atrocious, depraved, degenerate.  Chances that there were gay Nazis?  Excellent since gays are a segment of humanity represented in all walks of life. That should about do it for Nazis in this discussion, OK?

      • RLaitres says:

        is not NAZI’s per se.  It is that history repeats itself, and usually for the same emotional reasons and motivators. That happens because people don’t know history, never mind understand it.

        • BlueCat says:

          discourage the comparing of things in general to the Nazis. It’s kind of been done to death.  By righties and lefties both. That’s all.

          • RLaitres says:

            provides an example, even of similarity, there is nothing to shy away from.  It is perfectly proper to use it.  Of course, one should know and understand history beforehand, and not mindlessly use it, refer to it, or use it incorrectly.  On this issue, we can even go back to Winston Churchill who, long before that ideology took over Germany, he attempted to tell others of its dangers.  If he had not been a historian, he would not have recognized the danger (he had seen it previously).  So, let us not ignore something merely becaue it makes us uncomfortable.

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