Want a good cry? Watch the ‘It Gets Better’ video produced by the Lesbian and Gay Police Officers Association from Austin, Texas.
Members from the association sit in front of a camera and give testimonials about growing up LGBT in the second most populous state in the US. Austin is the capitol of a state well known for its conservative politics. According to Lambda Legal, a national legal and civil rights organization, in 2005 the state passed a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage. There is no re;relationship recognition for same sex couples and no employment protections.
Despite this the Austin officers remind LGBT children there is a next page and they are part of Texas, just like everyone else who calls the Lone Star State home.
The ‘It Gets Better Project’ started in September 2010 when Dan Savage and Terry Miller created a YouTube video hoping to inspire young people facing harassment. It was a response to a number of students committing suicide after being bullied in school.
In less than two years, the project has turned into a worldwide movement, inspiring more than 50,000 user-created videos. The Austin police tape joins other messages of encouragement recorded by President Barack Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Adam Lambert, Anne Hathaway, Colin Farrell, Tim Gunn, Ellen DeGeneres and Suze Orman.