Dates to remember:
9, July 2010: Justin Aaberg of Anoka, Minnesota commits suicide.
1, September 2010: Dan Savage forms It Gets Better Project.
9, September 2010: Billy Lucas of Greensberg, Indiana commits suicide.
21, September 2010 Dan and partner, Terry, post their first video on YouTube; Perez Hilton records It Gets Better Project video.
22, September 2010: Tyler Clementi from Rutgers University commits suicide.
30 September 2010: Ellen de Generes speaks out on her show.
We agreed with every word spoken by Ellen de Generes at that moment. We railed against the general residue of homophobia, the dark backdrop to this kind of tragedy. We argued that it's the global mindset that needs fixing
Since when powerful forces have lined up to combat this darkness with the light of a reality of love and happinessto which we are all entitled On Ellen’s show alone, the likes of Justin Bieber, Madonna and Ricky Martin have added their voices in support. As have the two Justins.
Not to forget the remarkable 14-year-old schoolboy Graeme Taylor. He has just become an international figure for his defence of his gay schoolteacher and revelations about his own life. On coming out to his mates: “I walked into a closet and, without really thinking about it, as I left the closet I went 'Guys, I'm gay,'” he said. “I literally came out of the closet.”
The groundswell of inspiration unleashed by Ellen on 30.09.2010. is still rolling around the planet. Let's make the most of its momentum. Let's shine the powerful light of tolerance and acceptance. We still can. We still will.
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