Time's John Cloud Snarks
Savage's 'It Gets Better' Effort
From Seattle, gay writer and activist Dan Savage, along with his husband Terry Miller, launched a grassrootsy campaign on YouTube called It Gets Better.
They want to reach at-risk of suicide and bullying kids of all sexual orientations, and encourage them to seek help, while also enlisting others to create vids offering advice and hope to those who are bullied.
The campaign began news broke about a wave of teen suicides across the country, and is proving quite popular with a broad range of ordinary and famous folks. What I especially like about IGB is its simplicity, ripple-effect, and reach into the lives of so many people who are concerned over and talking about reducing bullying in America's schools.
One person who isn't impressed with Miller and Savage's effort is openly gay Time magazine writer John Cloud. He recently reactivated his dormant Twitter account and has opined on bullying and related matters. First up, Tweets about the piece he's working on:
Writing a story on bullying...Turns out the term "bully" derives from a Middle Dutch word meaning "lover." Makes sense if you think about it
Story done; bullying redefined. Time will no longer give you it free. Mixed feelings, but I guess someone does have to pay John Cloud.
The trouble with this whole "It Gets Better" thing—besides that it's self-congratulatory—is that for many gay kids, it's simply not true.
"It Gets Better" founder Dan Savage says on NPR that it got better for him in Paris. How nice for him. Meanwhile, reality check please?
Obama attacks gay couples again today. I guess he and Dan Savage are in Paris. http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE69B63U20101012