My contribution to the IT GETS BETTER PROJECT: http://www.youtube.com/itgetsbetterproject ***** Hi... My name is Benny and I live in New York City. I grew up in a suburb town of Seattle, Washington called Auburn. I knew about my sexuality at a very young age and kept it mostly to myself until I reached high school. During my senior year, my then first boyfriend had just broken up with me and my mom asked me about being gay. I was struggling with a lot of issues back then so I never really gave her a direct answer except to ask her, "Do you still love me?" To which she replied, "Of course... you are my son!" She still had a difficult time with it and we never really talked about it around the house. And by the time I went onto college, most of my family and friends knew. During middle school I was looked at differently by most of the kids. The name calling and bullying didn't really start until high school. It was a very tough time in my life. Fortunately, I had the love and support of my family, friends, and teachers who believed in me. And most importantly, I didn't let it those jerks bother. I had much important things in my life to focus on... like living in New York City and making my dreams come true!... That's right... it really got better!... I've been living here in New York City for 8 years now! :-) So, for those watching out there who is having a difficult time at school because of bullies... Stay strong. Be proud of who you are. Keep shining. Live your dreams. And most importantly, Love yourself. You are not alone. There are thousands of us out there who've gone through the same challenges... so we understand what you are going through. At the end of this video, I will post some websites that you can contact for confidential support. You can also tweet me if you'd like... I'll do my best to listen and give advice. Just remember, It gets better. ***** ~ If you need to talk to me you can tweet me @ BENNYROYCE on Twitter. ~ You can also go to these websites for confidential support: http://www.thetrevorproject.org, http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org, http://www.scarletteen.com, http://www.wearetheyouth.org ***** Many thanks to Dan & Terry for this project! Thank you Ellen for your video message to the nation. And many, many more thanks to all of you who are sharing your experiences to make this world we live in a better place for the younger generations. Keep on and spread the LOVE!