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Obama: "It gets better"
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Posted on 10/21/2010 10:26:42 PM PDT by KJC1

This is scary:

http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2010/10/21/president-obama-it-gets-better


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1 posted on 10/21/2010 10:26:42 PM PDT by KJC1
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President Obama: It Gets Better
Posted by Brian Bond on October 21, 2010 at 11:30 PM EDT

Recently, several young people have taken their own lives after being bullied for being gay – or perceived as being gay – by their peers. Their deaths are shocking and heartbreaking tragedies. No one should have to endure relentless harassment or tormenting. No one should ever feel so alone or desperate that they feel they have nowhere to turn. We each share a responsibility to protect our young people. And we also have an obligation to set an example of respect and kindness, regardless of our differences.

This is personal to me. When I was a young adult, I faced the jokes and taunting that too many of our youth face today, and I considered suicide as a way out. But I was fortunate. One of my co-workers recognized that I was hurting, and I soon confided in her. She cared enough to push me to seek help. She saved my life. I will always be grateful for her compassion and support – the same compassion and support that so many kids need today.

In the wake of these terrible tragedies, thousands of Americans have come together to share their stories of hope and encouragement for LGBT youth who are struggling as part of the It Gets Better Project. Their messages are simple: no matter how difficult or hopeless life may seem when you’re a young person who’s been tormented by your peers or feels like you don’t fit in: life will get better.

President Obama is committed to ending bullying, harassment and discrimination in all its forms in our schools and communities. That’s why he recorded this message.

Last year, the Departments of Education and Health and Human Services joined forces with four other departments to create a federal task force on bullying. In August 2010, the task force staged the first-ever National Bullying Summit, bringing together 150 top state, local, civic, and corporate leaders to begin mapping out a national plan to end bullying. The task force also launched a new website, www.bullyinginfo.org, which brings all the federal resources on bullying together in one place for the first time ever.

If you’re a young person who’s been bullied or harassed by your peers, or you’re a parent or teacher who knows a young person being bullied or harassed, here are a few resources that can help you:

The Trevor Project
The Trevor Project is determined to end suicide among LBGTQ youth by providing resources and a nationwide, 24 hour hotline. If you are considering suicide or need help, call: 866-4-U-TREVOR (866-488-7386).

BullyingInfo.org
BullyingInfo.org is a project of the Interagency Working Group on Youth Programs (IWGYP) focused on providing tools and resources for youth, parents, teachers and mental health providers to prevent and address bullying.

It Gets Better Project
President Obama’s video is just one of thousands of videos submitted by people across the country to inspire and encourage LGBT youth who are struggling. You can watch more videos at ItGetsBetterProject.com.

For even more information and resources visit:

Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN)

Matthew Shepard Foundation

Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG)

A transcript of the President’s video is here.

Brian Bond is Deputy Director of the Office of Public Engagement

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2 posted on 10/21/2010 10:29:45 PM PDT by Cindy
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It Gets Better Video Transcript

Remarks of President Barack Obama
Video for the “It Gets Better” Project
Washington, DC

Like all of you, I was shocked and saddened by the deaths of several young people who were bullied and taunted for being gay, and who ultimately took their own lives. As a parent of two daughters, it breaks my heart. It’s something that just shouldn’t happen in this country.

We’ve got to dispel the myth that bullying is just a normal rite of passage – that it’s some inevitable part of growing up. It’s not. We have an obligation to ensure that our schools are safe forall of our kids. And to every young person out there you need to know that if you’re in trouble, there are caring adults who can help.

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. It’s tough. And for a lot of kids, the sense of being alone or apart – I know can just wear on you. And when you’re teased or bullied, it can seem like somehow you brought it on yourself – for being different, or for not fitting 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. And there is a whole world waiting for you, filled with possibilities. There are people out there who love you and care about you just the way you are. And so, if you ever feel like because of bullying, because of what people are saying, that you’re getting down on yourself, you’ve got to make sure to reach out to people you trust. Whether it’s your parents, teachers, folks that you know care about you just the way you are. You’ve got to reach out to them, don’t feel like you’re in this by yourself.

The other thing you need to know is, things will get better. And more than that, with time you’re going to see that your differences are a source of pride and a source of strength. You’ll look back on the struggles you’ve faced with compassion and wisdom. And that’s not just going to serve you, but it will help you get involved and make this country a better place.

It will mean that you’ll be more likely to help fight discrimination – not just against LGBT Americans, but discrimination in all its forms. It means you’ll be more likely to understand personally and deeply why it’s so important that as adults we set an example in our own lives and that we treat everybody with respect. That we are able to see the world through other people’s eyes and stand in their shoes – that we never lose sight of what binds us together.

As a nation we’re founded on the belief that all of us are equal and each of us deserves the freedom to pursue our own version of happiness; to make the most of our talents; to speak our minds; to not fit in; most of all, to be true to ourselves. That’s the freedom that enriches all of us. That’s what America is all about. And every day, it gets better.


3 posted on 10/21/2010 10:30:48 PM PDT by Cindy
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Attorney General Eric Holder Speaks at the Department of Justice’s 2010 Lesbian, Gay...
justice.gov - ag - speech ^ | June 21, 2010 | n/a
Posted on June 23, 2010 1:54:12 AM PDT by Cindy

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Attorney General Eric Holder Speaks at the Department of Justice’s 2010 Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month Program

Washington, D.C. ~ Monday, June 21, 2010

Good morning. Thank you, Chris [Hook], for your kind words and for all the work that you, Marc [Salans], the Board of DOJ Pride and our EEO staff team have done in organizing today’s ceremony. It’s a pleasure to join Tom [Perez] in welcoming so many members of the Justice Department family, and so many distinguished guests, here today as we commemorate LGBT Pride Month. I’m glad that Senator [Amy] Klobuchar and Director [John] Clark are with us. And I want to congratulate Chris [Hook] and this year’s other award recipients, Councilmember [David] Catania and Attorney General [Doug] Gansler, on their achievements and contributions. I also want to thank our keynote speakers – Jenny Durkan, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Washington, and Sharon Lubinski, U.S. Marshal for the District of Minnesota – for sharing their thoughts and stories with us and for providing an example of service for us all.

We have much to celebrate today. In the year since we last gathered, our nation – and the Justice Department – have taken steps to address some of the unique challenges faced by members of our country’s LGBT community. As you all know, up until last fall, there was not a single line in the nearly 225-year history of the U.S. Code that referred explicitly to gender identity. Today, the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Hate Crimes Prevention Act – which the President signed into law last October – does just that, finally protecting our nation’s gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered individuals from the most brutal forms of bias-motivated violence.

In another important development, in April of this year, the Justice Department concluded that the Violence Against Women Act covers, and more importantly protects, same sex partners. And, just several weeks ago, as part of the department’s, and the Administration’s, commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion, I announced a new Diversity Management Plan and the appointment of Channing Phillips as Deputy Associate Attorney General for Diversity. With this initiative, and with Channing’s leadership, we’re working to ensure that the Department can effectively recruit, hire, retain, and develop a workforce that reflects our nation’s rich diversity, a Department that welcomes and encourages the contributions of its LGBT employees.

I’m grateful for the assistance and guidance that so many of you have given. Our progress would not have been possible without your contributions. And while we have meaningful achievements to celebrate today, we must remember how much more work we have to do to transform today’s opportunities into tomorrow’s successes. Too many of the challenges that confronted the LGBT community 16 years ago – when DOJ Pride was founded – confront us still today. Too many of the same obstacles that existed then remain for us to overcome. Too many talented men and women cannot, in the words of this year’s motto, “serve openly, with pride.”

With your help and engagement, we’re working to ensure that the Justice Department lives up to its responsibility to provide a work environment where every employee is respected and given an equal opportunity to thrive. That’s the goal we share and the achievement we’ll keep working toward - together.

Thank you.


4 posted on 10/21/2010 10:43:30 PM PDT by Cindy
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“Recently, several young people have taken their own lives after being bullied for being gay – or perceived as being gay – by their peers.”

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Whaaa-Whaaaa! I am sick to death of hearing about this whining that goes on with every “Gay” death. SO WHAT, cindy? People kill themselves everyday!

Straight people, old people, sick people, abused people, homeless people, Veterans, depressed people kill themselves! I could go on and on. People kill themselves!

It’s not about “GAY” people. It’s about “PEOPLE” who kill themselves.


5 posted on 10/21/2010 10:44:32 PM PDT by JouleZ (You are the company you keep.)
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YEP....my paternal grandfather did it...and so did a young cousin....and some of the rest of my family spent their LIVES doing it....


6 posted on 10/21/2010 10:51:55 PM PDT by goodnesswins (f you don't support Obama, and the deconstruction of America: YOU are a RACIST.)
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He’s speaking from personal experience as a “gay” American.


7 posted on 10/21/2010 11:12:58 PM PDT by vrwc54
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I do care if people, gay or straight, kill themselves. But I do not feel ‘outreach’ efforts like this are productive. I think these particular outreach efforts are emphasized in order to portray straight people inherently abusive and in need of restraint.
I think time and effort would be better spent on the mental health of the general population. I think people with big problems or those without conscience end up bullying anyone they see as disenfranchised (race, religion, gay, straight, rich, poor, homeless). I don’t think ‘waiting’ until some kid is ready to kill himself to turn him toward ‘adults who care’ is wise. I think we need to concern ourselves with the causes of abusive people etc. Like broken homes, child abuse, sexual abuse of children etc. I just read a statistic today that I’ve never encountered before. 32% of children who are sexually abused are abused by homosexuals. That is 10% higher than than the prevalence of gays in the population. Gays are 10 times more likely to sexually abuse children than are heterosexuals. Attacking all forms of child abuse (sexual, psychological, neglect etc.) would do more to reduce drug abuse, suicidality, teenage pregnancy, divorce etc. than coming late to the game where individuals are ‘giving up’ (homeless, gays, straights, other groups who kill themselves)and telling them to ‘talk to someone’. Stronger development of morality, reducing psychological damage in children, reducing criminality etc. is needed. I just read FReeper post today re: Kinsey Institute. A woman who grew up during Kinsey’s heyday says Kinsey paid her father to rape her and provide Kinsey with detailed reporting data. Kinsey’s data on child sexuality has to have been gleened from infants and children involved in sex. How can this kind of pedophilia exist and just what kind of a society do we expect to have if we tolerate it? Think some of those children who were passed around a group of perverts in order to ‘support research’ had happy psychological lives or maybe some of them were...I dunno....suicidal eventually? If we are going to highlight gay victimization over other forms of victimization than we must address things like the 32% rate of child abuse due to homosexual abusers.


8 posted on 10/21/2010 11:25:36 PM PDT by ransomnote
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Joulez, I’m an archiver-poster here on FR.

I don’t endorse the homosexual agenda, but I will archive the info for all to read.


9 posted on 10/21/2010 11:33:21 PM PDT by Cindy
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Thank you for your post.
I understand that many people have many perceived injuries from others in our society.
I don’t understand why this is the MAIN FOCUS of this POTUS at a time when so many in this country are losing their jobs, homes and businesses. I think there are systems in place to assist the former, but what needs to be addressed in dire form is the latter. It truly illustrates this administrations misplaced sense of PRIORITIES... big time.


10 posted on 10/22/2010 12:35:01 AM PDT by antceecee (Bless us Father.. have mercy on us and protect us from evil.)
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>”This is personal to me. When I was a young adult, I faced the jokes and taunting that too many of our youth face today, and I considered suicide as a way out. But I was fortunate. One of my co-workers recognized that I was hurting, and I soon confided in her. She cared enough to push me to seek help”<

So, we now have a Mentally Ill person with a history of self admitted Cocaine use access to our Nuclear Codes?

Just askin...

11 posted on 10/22/2010 12:41:19 AM PDT by Kickass Conservative (My Rights are God given, not Obama approved...)
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I believe POTUS is trying to pander to the gay community in order to protect his chances at remaining in office. He promised them things he never meant to deliver. He doesn’t care who is killing himself/herself - this is just political payola. Yes while the country sinks financially and falls prey to our enemies - Obama is only concerned with remaining in office because even if we enter a depression like no country has ever seen before - Mr. “I Won” would like to be ‘above’ us all.


12 posted on 10/22/2010 1:15:17 AM PDT by ransomnote
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Jew lez ?

I’ve known a few ;^)


13 posted on 10/22/2010 1:29:11 AM PDT by LeoWindhorse
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he worked !!!????

who knew ?.....


14 posted on 10/22/2010 1:30:42 AM PDT by LeoWindhorse
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>"Gays are 10 times more likely to sexually abuse children than are heterosexuals."

According to the ENEMEDIA they're not gay, they're priests!

15 posted on 10/22/2010 1:31:24 AM PDT by rawcatslyentist (Jeremiah 50:31 Behold, I am against you, O you most proud, said the Lord God of hosts.)
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Yeah, I noticed that too. He used to sit around at a Law Practice to fulfill their Affirmative Action quota, but I don't think that was actual work.
16 posted on 10/22/2010 1:39:38 AM PDT by Kickass Conservative (My Rights are God given, not Obama approved...)
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As a person who lost a loved one to suicide, I’m breaking ranks here: I give credit to anyone who helps or encourages someone in pain. I tried for 20 years to stop the inevitable and then one day, when I was distracted by a difficult work problem, he was gone.
I’m not questioned anyone’s motives, I’m thankful and hoping that the President can save one or more people.
Pray for anyone who is in pain.


17 posted on 10/22/2010 4:04:32 AM PDT by namvolunteer (I can see November from my house.)
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I could only watch about 10 seconds before I started to get physically ill.


18 posted on 10/22/2010 4:52:41 AM PDT by fwdude (Anita Bryant was right.)
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Homosexuality never “gets better.” Rather, statistics and hard facts show that it is a road to disease and early death.


19 posted on 10/22/2010 4:54:23 AM PDT by fwdude (Anita Bryant was right.)
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Dear mr. prez bamster ,,, My version of happiness is seeing you destroyed in the next presidential election and you think I deserve it makes me even happier .


20 posted on 10/22/2010 6:30:47 AM PDT by lionheart 247365 (-:{ GLENN BECK is 0bama's TRANSPARENCY CZAR }:-)
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It’s not about “GAY” people.

You're right, it's not. It's about stopping your voicing of ANY criticism of homosexuals.

And yes, many people kill themselves, including my brother-in-law and possibly my sister-in-law (OD).

21 posted on 10/22/2010 11:24:00 AM PDT by jimt
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Jew lez ?

I’ve known a few ;^)

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Hi Leo. That seems to be a play on my user name of JouleZ which is a measurement of energy and not based on my religion, ethnicity nor sexual leaning. I would appreciate a ping when you are going to talk about me in the future. Thanks.


22 posted on 10/22/2010 4:30:03 PM PDT by JouleZ (You are the company you keep.)
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I don’t endorse the homosexual agenda, but I will archive the info for all to read.
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Oh, I didn’t realize the posts were from the archives. I thought it was your own info. I am sorry, Cindy. At least I learned something new about FR from this, so thank you.


23 posted on 10/22/2010 4:34:42 PM PDT by JouleZ (You are the company you keep.)
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ooops ! sorry.....it was a dumb remark
Excuse me


24 posted on 10/23/2010 3:23:42 AM PDT by LeoWindhorse
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http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/president-obama-sends-pro-gay-video-mess

“Obama Records Pro-Gay Video Message for Youth”
Monday, October 25, 2010
By Michael W. Chapman


25 posted on 10/25/2010 5:09:42 PM PDT by Cindy
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26 posted on 10/25/2010 5:15:02 PM PDT by Cindy
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http://www.freerepublic.com/tag/arneduncan/index?tab=articles

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“Some Bullying Violates Federal Law, U.S. Education Department Says”
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
By Christine Armario, Associated Press

SNIPPET: “While the laws the OCR enforces do not protect against harassment based on religious or sexual orientation, there are protections for students from religious groups that share ancestry or ethnic characteristics, as well as gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender students based on gender stereotypes.

Tolerating, not adequately addressing, encouraging or ignoring harassment based on race, color, disability, sex or national origin can indicate the violation of civil rights statutes.

Education Secretary Arne Duncan sought to assure students that action will be taken.”


27 posted on 10/26/2010 3:07:57 AM PDT by Cindy
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Hillary Clinton To Gay Teens: “It Gets Better”
KKTV-TV ^ | October 20, 2010
Posted on October 22, 2010 7:19:57 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has joined the chorus of public leaders offering support for gay teenagers who are suffering from bullying.

She posted a message on YouTube Wednesday, saying she is saddened by the recent uptick in suicides among gay teens. In her message, Clinton says that it shows our nation needs to work harder to overcome bigotry and hatred.

“I have a message for all the young people out there who are being bullied, or who feel alone and find it hard to imagine a better future: hang in there and ask for help. Your life is so important,” Clinton said.

Clinton also says she is “grateful every day” for the work of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees at the State Department.

She points out that those people overcame discrimination, and promises victims of bullying that things “will get better.”


28 posted on 10/26/2010 3:16:38 AM PDT by Cindy
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It only gets better when my eyes refocus and read the trailer to the Obama Administration was directed by J.J. Abrams. Then it starts to make sense.


29 posted on 10/26/2010 3:45:56 AM PDT by Cvengr (Adversity in life and death is inevitable. Thru faith in Christ, stress is optional.)
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Fewer than a half-dozen suicides in all of the United States is a very small number. There are probably many more children who have died in, for instance, swimming pools, during that period of time. Do we need to have a program in school focused around the dangers of swimming pools?

The thrust here is not really to fix bullying, but to get the concept of homosexuality into our schools at a very early age. Bullying is just a nice cover because, who can be in favor of bullying? Bullying is a bad thing. Pretty much everyone agrees to that. But the idea is to imprint on impressionable young minds the idea of homosexual acts even before these children even think about sex or sexuality.

There is quite obviously a genetic predisposition to homosexuality, just as there is for alcoholism. Not every person with the genetic predisposition toward alcoholism will become an alcoholic just as not every person with the genetic predisposition toward homosexuality will become a homosexual.

There is an interaction between one’s genetic predisposition and the choices a person makes while his psyche is being formed. The more often the concept of homosexuality is introduced to adolescents, the more likely those with the genetic predisposition will be affected.

If some sort of a bullying program were offered, but all references to homosexuality were left out, some factions would become much less militant about this.

Given the current state of education, is anyone learning how to read, write or do mathematics anymore?


30 posted on 10/29/2010 6:46:15 AM PDT by scutfargus
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