I died! Boettcher said he created the video for the It Gets Better Project, which is a web-based support community intended to promote LGBT rights and the idea that after high school and the bullying that often accompanies it, life gets better. The video, which Boettcher said was funded through his own funds and as part of his own CeeJbee productions, opens with a scene of a gay teen being bullied. Later, the viewer sees a prom-like formal in a high school gym, where a same-sex couple is embracing on the dance floor.
My guest, Dan Savage, is pretty famous for his sex advice column, Savage Love, in which he answers questions from gay, straight, bi and transgendered people. He's becoming equally well-known for co-founding the It Gets Better Project with his husband, Terry Miller, who is also joining us. The project is a collection of videos on their website and YouTube channel addressed to teenagers who are bullied because they are or are perceived as gay, lesbian, bi or transgendered.
It's an epidemic that has seemingly touched every corner of America: kids being bullied for being gay. Anti-gay bullying has entire high schools heartbroken, parents childless and families torn apart. Just this fall, Rutgers University freshman Tyler Clementi jumped to his death after he'd allegedly had an intimate experience with another man that was broadcast to the campus via his roommate's webcam. In September alone, nine young people -- gay or merely suspected of being gay -- took their lives after being bullied.