While it is wonderful to get messages from many a straight ally out there, there are times when hearing it from someone who has had to go through the horrors and joys of being lesbian, gay, bisexual or transsexual helps. This video is from Representatives Tammy Baldwin, Barney Frank, Jared Polis and David Cicilline- all of whom are openly lesbian or gay.
From the press report:
“Coming out publicly was the most frightening thing I’ve ever done and, also, the most freeing,” said Congresswoman Baldwin, the first openly gay non-incumbent elected to Congress. “I hope young people viewing our video will hear our message that there’s a world of opportunity awaiting them and things really will get better,” Baldwin said.
“I am very pleased that so many people of all sorts have joined in this important “It Gets Better” campaign. And I think it’s especially important for those of us in a position to give personal testimony to make it clear that for us it got better – a whole lot better,” said Congressman Frank.
“If a video like this one can help a scared young person who has been the victim of bullying or harassment see past their painful present to a happier future, then this has been worth it. But we must do so much more,” said Congressman Polis. “In particular, our schools must become places of acceptance and respect where LGBT students can learn and grow into successful young adults,” he said.
“Every young person, regardless of their sexual orientation, must feel safe and respected as equals,” said Congressman Cicilline. “I am proud to join my colleagues to encourage hope to the LGBT community, particularly youth, so they know it does, in fact, get better, he said.