(Carbonated TVs Editor's desk)
The recent spate of suicides that have gripped the United States have got everything to do with teenage bullying, especially when it comes to gay or homosexual kids. Celebrities and politicians alike have stood up and spoken for and to the teenagers who are taking their own lives. Recently Fort Worth senator Joel Burns came into the spotlight when he delivered a moving address and he has been joined by hundreds of others including the President, Barack Obama. In a moving speech, Obama speaking to teenagers across the United States laid emphasis on the fact that ‘it gets better’ and that there are countless possibilities if the kids let themselves ‘reach out’ to their loved ones. Watch this moving speech from the President.
A beautiful speech from America’s most powerful man has leant considerable weight to recent campaigns to increase self-esteem and support for LGBT teens in the US and across the world.
Following several suicides of gay teens in America, dozens of gay and gay-friendly celebrities and politicians have recorded personal ‘It Gets Better’ YouTube videos.
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton released hers a few days ago – now her boss Barack Obama has recorded his version in the Oval Office.
“You are not alone. You did not do anything wrong. You did not do anything to deserve being bullied,” he tells young people in crisis.
“And there is a whole world waiting for you, filled with possibilities. There are people out there who love you, and care about you just the way you are.
“Things will get better. And more than that, in time you’ll see that your differences are a source of pride, a source of strength.”