It Gets Better” is a campaign that was recently launched as a response to the rash of newsworthy suicides this past fall of gay, lesbian, bisexual or trans youth (or those thought to be L/G/B/T) resulting from the homophobia they experienced, largely in a school/peer context. It’s important to note that these suicides go on all the time, and have for years, we just don’t always hear about them in the mainstream media. But I am glad to see more attention being paid to the pain, trauma and life-threatening bullying many young people experience every single day. In the “It Gets Better” campaign, L/G/B/T/Q adults tell their stories in an effort to support and encourage young people to get through whatever difficulties they are experiencing now, to know they have support, and that it really can and does get better as they get older.

I love being queer. I love the communities I have as a queer person, something some of my heterosexual friends have noted they don’t have and sometimes envy a little. I have always thrived on not being like everyone else, not living my life along some prescribed recipe concocted out of the status quo and instead, doing things creatively, how I want to do them. My queer identity is far greater than just my sexuality or who I am attracted to. It encompasses how I live my life and express myself in the world on myriad levels from my chosen atypical profession to my politics. “Queer” for me is a very political identity.

This recent entry for the “It Gets Better” campaign is such a fun and poignant music video, I had to share it with you all. If any young people are reading this, please know that you have support to be who you are. We love you for YOU. Your life, and your sexuality are truly dynamic in nature–they won’t stay the same (nothing does) and down every dark corridor, there is always a light which awaits you on the other side. It gets better, and you get stronger and wiser. With love…