The It Gets Better Project was started in September 2010 by author Dan Savage and his partner Terry when they created a video on Youtube where they sent the message that it was hard for gay people in the past, that it is still hard for them, but that it gets better.
The negative treatment that gay people face mostly in middle school and high school include harrassment and hatred simply for their sexual orientation, and in some cases for the way they look. That treatment brings every individual – be they gay or straight – lower self-esteem and feeling of guilt for who they are while they are not doing anything wrong to society. And even more importantly – it is the main cause of suicides that some gay people commit at that age. There have been several such cases recently. Among the purposes of the It Gets Better Project is to show teenage gay people that once they graduate from high school that kind of harrassment stops, and they would find their place in society and have people who would love and support them.
Later in life gay people would face other obstacles though. One of them is having to convince society that same-sex marriage is acceptable. Another is having to convince society that having kids, be it through adoption or through a surrogate mother, is also acceptable for a same-sex couple. These two are rights that we, heterosexuals, take for granted while homosexuals are largely denied, and have to therefore seek judicial (court cases) and political (bills, constitutional amendments) actions in order to get them. This is another message that the It Gets Better Project sends to the young LGBT community – that today there are same-sex couples with such rights, that it gets better.
It really gets better… in the United States
There is currently a trend of more tolerance toward the LGBT community including support for same-sex marriage. According to data from last year’s Pew Research polls, including for previous years, representatives of the younger age groups are more favorable over it than representatives of the older ones. In fact the younger the age group, the more favorable it is to same-sex marriage.
That prompts us to realize that it will get better decade after decade. My age group, millennial, will likely stay in the 50th percentile with minor fluctuations but as decades pass by it will have created another age group while the greatest and silent age groups will have disappeared. Notice that the difference in percentage change of people in favor of same-sex marriage from four of the five age groups (I exclude the greatest age group) is 7%-8% on average. If that upward trend continues at the same rate, in roughly two decades more than half of the American people will be in favor of same-sex marriage.
Most of the participants in these surveys are people in their senior year in high school or above which goes to show that after graduating from high school an LGBT representative enters a more acceptable environment – something that the It Gets Better Project also tries to convey.
I support the It Gets Better Project
I support the It Gets Better Project because it is likely to save the lives of innocent people who are being bullied in middle school and high school to a point where they are seriously considering a suicide. This is against the concept of reverence for life.
I also support the It Gets Better Project because same-sex marriage doesn’t do any harm to society. It is between two consenting adults who love each other, and want to spend the rest of their lives together with the same benefits that a married heterosexual couple enjoys.