Wednesday, June 1, 2011

It Gets Better - Background

This is a recent talk by Dan Savage, creator of the It Gets Better project, given at Google. He explains the origin of the project.

What Savage says in this talk is very relevant for Mormons and quite thought provoking. Effectively, it's a story about the power of social media and the inability of institutions to control the channels of communication to young people.

(Run time 46:43, very worthwhile)

The It Gets Better project has had a big impact. While browsing through some of the videos, I found this one by an LDS lesbian which had an intriguing comment:
Natalie, I just wanted to let you know that my awesome BYU professor showed your video in class to help us understand a little more about how hard it would be to be LDS and struggling with ssa. Thanks for sharing!

They're showing friggin' It Gets Better videos in BYU classes now. Let that one sink in for a minute.


C. L. Hanson said...

That is fantastic!!!

It's interesting that he made one of the same points I made when I talked about bullying: That if you're bullied for being, say, nerdy -- but you can see that your parents were also bullied for the same thing when they were younger -- then you end up having a sort of built-in at-home "it gets better" project, which queer kids typically don't have.

MoHoHawaii said...

Hi Chanson,

Great minds think alike. :- )

mohoguy said...

It gets better at BYU! That may stop when the brethren learn of it. Nevertheless, the barn has left the stable and you can't un-educate (is that a word?) someone who learns the truth. The youth of the church will drive the change that is coming.

MoHoHawaii said...

Hi mohoguy,

I wondered if showing the It Gets Better video in a BYU class was under the radar. If it becomes common knowledge I can imagine the professor being disciplined for it by the school. Stranger things have happened at BYU. :- )

O Wise Feather said...

Sometime in February there will be an It Gets Better video on YouTube being put out by gay/lesbian BYU students...on BYU campus. I'm in it and it should be really good.