All too often all too many gay activists play the victim, whining how we need government action to make things better for us. They wail and moan about how horrible, no good and very bad things are because we lack our “equality.” They lash out at others, be they social conservative, Mormons or especially those evil Republicans as if their very existence were the cause of gay people’s woes.
Yet, suddenly, we have media endeavor that’s catching fire in the gay community where the focus is not our woes, but instead on our well-being. Various individuals and organizations want us to record video messages saying that things get better when we leave home and come of the closet. By promoting the idea that “it gets better,” gay people around the country are focusing on the positive — and changing the tone.
While I remain dubious how effective these videos can be in helping gay teens, I appreciate how they allow us to look at our own lives and acknowledge how much things have improved since we came out. With all the social change of the past four decades, particularly the last two, it’s a heckuva lot easier to be openly gay.
I’m glad to see people are saying as much — and in so public a manner. Let’s hope we see more such endeavors.