In response to the recent bullying and resulting suicides of gay youths in America, mainstream media and comedians alike have been speaking out against homophobia and offering support to the LGBT community. Folks like Ellen DeGeneres, Margaret Cho and Dane Cook have all been heard. And now, the gay membership of the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in New York City have offered the below video– an extension of the government’s It Gets Better campaign.
On Oct. 9, Senior Advisor to the President Valerie Jarrett addressed an audience at the annual national dinner of the Human Rights Campaign about the recent tragedies– at one point explaining to gay youth, simply, that in times of darkness and struggle, just know that things will get better. She explained:
And what is clear is that this depends on all of us. It depends on changing laws, and changing hearts. It depends on creating an environment in which our children feel safe to be themselves. And it depends on reaching all of our young people, and letting them know that we care about them, and that want them to thrive and reach for their dreams, without fear.
You can read Jarett’s entire speech here. Or, you can watch the UCB’s take on it below. Do both. See if we care.