Following in the footsteps of the San Francisco Giants, the SFPD became the first police department across the nation to release its own “It Gets Better” video, in hopes to help put an end to LGBT bullying.

Being subjected to bullying and violence as children and teenagers makes gay people unusually vulnerable to depression and despair. The homophobes then use that depression and despair to claim that homosexuality is inherently a miserable state – and we shouldn’t do anything that might “encourage” it.
Johann Hari, a writer with UK-based The Independent

I am not putting up with this anymore.


I am not putting up with this anymore. I am not going to be harassed by them every single day. I deserve the same amount of respect and consideration as every other person in the world. These kids need to realize how much their words can hurt. And they need to be educated. So if I have to stand up in front of that classroom full of 9th graders and say “Yes, I’m a lesbian.” then I will. Because they only bully out of ignorance.

Becky Collins and her gay son Zach describe a pattern of LGBT bullying that lead to a brutal attack.

UW-Madison senior Colton Boettcher unveiled a music video on Thursday, Jan. 26, that promotes the message of the "It Gets Better" Project, an Internet-based support group for LGBT teens that arose after a series of gay teen suicides in 2010.

Bullied gay teen’s suicide note

Raised in an extremist Christian household, assaulted in classroom with a teacher present, Eric James Borges, 19, of Visalia, Calif., was repeatedly bullied, tormented and terrorized for the duration of his childhood and teen years.

Exorcisms, beatings and extreme Christianity pervaded his young life and did not “cure” him. “Disgusting, perverted, unnatural and going to hell” is what his parents told him as he was kicked out of his home.

Just last month, EricJames made a video for the “It Gets Better” project, a campaign that features personal hope-filled videos to LGBT teens to get them through difficult times. Although he said “it gets better” and asked other teens to “ never give up,” he could not live through the extensive damage to his psyche and the pain that life had brought to him.

On Jan., 14, 2012, EricJames committed suicide, shocking his friends and his co-workers at The Trevor Project. SDGLN Contributor Melanie Nathan attended one of his funerals, and obtained a copy of one of his suicide notes that gives insight on what he was thinking. This is her exclusive story.

Read more from LGBTQ Nation.

Anti-Gay Bullying Campaign Produced By GLSEN, To Air At Super Bowl

The Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN) will share its new PSA campaign targeting anti-LGBT language among teens with Super Bowl attendees at Indianapolis’ Lucas Oil Stadium on Sunday. The award-winning “Think Before You Speak" campaign features stars Hilary Duff, Wanda Sykes and the NBA’s Grant Hill.

Read more about this and see a video on The Huffington Post.

Being a lesbian...

  • Me: I'm a lesbian
  • Everyone: Omg how do two girls have sex?! Is it good? Is that even sex? How many girls have you slept with? Are you sure it's not just a stage? Have you ever TRIED having sex with a guy? How do you know that you don't like it? Do you want to be a boy? Are you sure? You don't look like a lesbian. Who's the guy in the relationship? You're going to Hell. God doesn't like gay people.

Advice to Help End LGBT Bullying of Youth

If you are the victim of bullying, it can be hard to speak up due to the fear of repercussions—it takes a lot of courage, but speak up you must.  Try to de-escalate the confrontation by verbally expressing to the bully that you won’t stand to be treated in such a way—never resort to violence.  Make an adult or someone in authority aware of the situation so that proper punishment and apologies can be made.

If you witness someone else being bullied, looking the other way will do nothing but hamper efforts to make anti-LGBT bullying a thing of the past.   Take charge for someone who might not be able to take charge for themselves—you could be saving someone’s life.

- Mark Weikel, who writes about issues in the LGBT community. 

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