Thursday, October 21, 2010

VIDEO: Watch Obama's 'It Gets Better' Message

As part of the It Gets Better Project, American President Barack Obama shares his message of hope and support for LGBT youth who are struggling with being bullied. Nice speech. Oh, Barry. There's so much more you can do. Be a leader. Your country needs you. Be on the right side of history. The world is watching.

Below is a partial transcript, followed by the video.

Obama shocked, saddened by youth suicides:
"I don't know what it's like to be picked on for being gay. But I do know what it's like to grow up feeling that sometimes you don't belong," Obama said. "It's tough."

The victims of bullying can sometimes feel that they are responsible for the taunting because they're different or don't fit in with everybody else.

"But what I want to say is this: You are not alone. You didn't do anything wrong. You didn't do anything to deserve being bullied," Obama said.

He encouraged young people who are depressed or down on themselves to reach out to people they trust — parents, teachers, or "folks that you know care about you just the way you are."

"Don't feel like you're in this by yourself," he advised.

Over time, Obama said, "you're going to see that your differences are a source of pride and a source of strength."
Do you have any questions about bullying?

If you are being bullied and need help, please visit the websites or call the telephone numbers below:

In the U.S.A.The Trevor Project
or phone: 866 - 488 - 7386 (U.S. residents ONLY)

In Canada:Queer B.C.
Queer Ontario
Bullying Canada
In Canada please call the Kids Help Phone (800-668-6868)