Well before I posted last night on the “It Gets Better” video, I had received e-mails from several readers alerting me to Dan Savage’s project, each with an almost identical recommendation, “Even though Savage is a partisan jerk,” they said is in so many words, “this is a good idea.”
I write today, fearing some might misconstrue that prior post on the project. I’m not calling it a bad idea, merely questioning its effectiveness (as I believe Sady Doyle was also doing).
Simply put, I don’t know how effective this project will be. To be sure, it does no harm — and has the potential to do some good. It sets exactly the right tone — an optimistic, upbeat one, that instead of gnashing their teeth and bewailing their fate, young gay people can look forward to a brighter future.
That’s not the only good thing about the video. It doesn’t dwell on the evil of our oppressors (as do so many of the missives and ministrations of the various gay organizations), but on promoting a forward-looking attitude.
All that said, what teens need most is nurturing human contact. And we must never lose sight of that.