Obama Records Pro-Gay Video Message for Youth

By Michael W. Chapman | October 25, 2010 | 2:12 PM EDT

President Barack Obama participates in a youth town hall event broadcast live on BET, CMT and MTV networks, Thursday, Oct. 14, 2010, in Washington. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

(CNSNews.com) – In a video message posted at the White House Web site  for the “It Gets Better Project,” President Barack Obama decries the bullying of gay youth and says that homosexual youth should know there are “caring adults who can help” and that, in time, “things will get better.”

“I don’t know what it’s like to be picked on for being gay,” says President Obama in the video, which is also posted on the It Gets Better Project on YouTube.  “But I do know what it’s like to grow up feeling that sometimes you don’t belong. It’s tough.”

“But what I want to say is this,” says the president. “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.”

President Obama further says, “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.”

The “It Gets Better Project” was started by Dan Savage, a homosexual activist who writes the syndicated sex advice column, Savage Love. He is the author of the 2002 book, Skipping Towards Gomorrah: The Seven Deadly sins and the Pursuit of Happiness in America.  His husband is Terry Miller – they were married in Vancouver, BC, in 2005 -- and they have an adopted son, Daryl Jude Pierce.

On the Web site for the “It Gets Better Project,” it says: “Many LGBT youth can't picture what their lives might be like as openly gay adults. They can't imagine a future for themselves. So let's show them what our lives are like, let's show them what the future may hold in store for them.”

On its “About” page, the “It Gets Better Project” describes itself as “a place where young people who are gay, lesbian, bi, or trans can see with their own eyes how love and happiness can be a reality in their future.”

It also says, “Closed-minded school administrators and parents may not let LGBT adults talk directly to their children about their futures, but we don’t have to get permission to tell kids that life gets better. That’s why we’re compiling a video archive to share the stories of people overcoming bullying and finding happiness.

The Web site and YouTube channel contain hundreds of videos of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people sharing their stories, as well as videos by heterosexuals who support their agenda, including President Obama and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).

In her video, Speaker Pelosi says, “In America's rich history, we've overcome barriers and obstacles before, for women, and for religious, racial and ethnic minorities. And we are doing it again for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender Americans. During this challenging time for so many, you should know that I am on your side."

Through perseverance and trusting that “things will get better,” says Obama in the video, “you’ll be more likely to help fight discrimination – not just against LGBT Americans, but discrimination in all its forms.”

Michael W. Chapman
Michael W. Chapman
Michael W. Chapman