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It Gets Better - From Pain to Pride

Note: This video is closed captioned with a full transcript that you can access by clicking on the CC icon and selecting "English - It Gets Better transcript". In light of the recent epidemic of anti-gay bullying in our schools and universities and teen suicides that are taking place as a direct result of this bullying, the "It Gets Better Project" was started to give young people hope and to show you that, no matter how hard it may be now, it does get better. Learn more and make your own video at http://www.youtube.com/user/itgetsbetterproject . This video tells my story of growing up in a fundamentalist Christian family in the Deep South, feeling a great deal of homophobia from my family and fear of what would happen if they found out about me, as well as experiencing a great deal of social isolation at school, where I felt completely invisible most of the time. However, I had hope and worked hard toward a college education, and once in college, I was able to truly come into my own and be myself. Since then, I have had so many wonderful experiences and met so many wonderful people that I would not have done had I given into the urge to take my own life when I was a teenager. I made the conscious choice daily to keep living despite the pain and the depression, and I am very glad I did. It got better. If you or someone you know is being bullied, please tell an adult you trust. If you or someone you know is thinking of taking your own life, please talk to someone who can help. The Trevor Project exists in the US to help LGBTQ teens who are contemplating suicide, to give hope for a brighter tomorrow. 1-866-488-7386 (1-866-4-U-TREVOR). The world needs you, and if you take your life today, you will miss out on so many wonderful tomorrows. It gets better. It really does. Remember - High school is temporary. Suicide is permanent. Be strong and believe in yourself, and don't be afraid to reach out to someone for help, because it DOES get better. And sorry, but due to some haters using religion as their weapon in comments on here, I'm requiring comments by people not on my friends list to be moderated. This is meant to be a place of love and acceptance. There is no room for hatred and bigotry here. Mahatma Gandhi said, "I like your Christ. I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ." Jesus loved and accepted people others thought of as outcasts. If you cannot be respectful and positive in your comments, they will not be approved. Thanks.