In response to my post and podcast yesterday about Dan Savage and the It Gets Better Project, I heard from my friend Lucy Bernholz. She noted that the gay community was upset about the videos and in the process of pushing back.
The concern is that It Get Better is too passive, it is counseling gay teens to grin and bear it until adulthood when they will have more control of their lives and it will get better. Responses have included: Where’s the Proof it Gets Better? to Stop Bullying Now! to Groundspark’s “Make it Better NOW” project. On on the Groundspark site I found one of the most moving videos I’ve ever seen fro
Any large community of people is going to have vigorous debate about an issue that is important to their well-being. And this is a big, healthy debate. I don’t think it detracts from the amazing story of the It Gets Better Project, an entire YouTube channel going viral, but it does remind me that there is no one right way forward for any social change issue.