it gets better: dan savage, sarah silverman and my friend nick

I'm thinking most wmtc readers have seen this by now, but if even one of you hasn't, it's worth posting.

There has been a rash of suicides of of gay teens in the US. All of the young people were bullied in high school, because they were gay.

Columnist Dan Savage and his partner Terry Miller made this video in response.

Nick is the first friend I met through wmtc. He's Canadian now, having left the US for a better life in Toronto. Here's his contribution to "It Gets Better".

Sarah Silverman puts the bullying and the suicides in context. This is short; please be sure to watch it.

Bullying isn't limited to queer kids, nor is teen suicide. The deaths of those six young people is not a "gay problem". It's our problem - all of us. It's up to each of us to create a safe world where each and every one of us can be ourselves, and can live without fear.

We have a long way to go.

"When you're sure you've had enough of this life... hang on."

My heart breaks for those boys and their families. I've known what it feels like to wonder if death might be the way to stop the pain. I've also known the pain that suicide leaves behind. It's so important to know that there is a way out, that there may a better world on the other side. Thank you to everyone who is a part of "It Gets Better". Pass it on.

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