You have all heard of the increase of teenagers commiting suicide linked to bullying about their sexuality. The most recent trajedy of Tyler Clamenti has brought this issue into the spotlight. An old friend of mine killed himself a few months ago. I think about Ryan every day. And while he was man who was not haunted by the taunting of his peers, the result was the same: an absolute end of life.
In response to these trajedies, author Dan Savage started It Gets Better. It Gets Better is a YouTube channel where you can watch and upload videos from LGBT people who explain that while they were mercilessly teased and perhaps not accepted by their families when they were teens, things did get better. They share beautiful stories from their post-high school lives, letting the viewers know that things change and life can hold amazing adventures that you never expected. The main message of these videos is to hold on. Make your way through high school. That you can't take your life because you have so much to offer the world and the world has so much to offer you.
Here is Dan's video.
Song of the Day
Today's song is Pearl Jam's Just Breathe.