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White House Staff: It Gets Better

Hot in the inbox from the WH…the blog post is here. As you can see, it leads off with Deputy Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement (aka the LGBT liaison) Brian Bond.

Inspired by President Obama’s It Gets Better video, several LGBT White House staffers decided to add their voices to the project. President Obama has more LGBT appointees than any previous administration and he is committed to making his administration reflect the diversity of our nation.

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 and Vice President Biden’s video are just a couple of the 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 or call:

·         Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN)

·         Matthew Shepard Foundation

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

·         National Suicide Lifeline 800-273-TALK (8255)

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White House Staff: “It Gets Better”

Some rather amazing statements from not-straight members of the White House staff in this addition to the “It Gets Better” project first started by Dan Savage.

Congratulations to these folks, with whom I sometimes seriously disagree about a lot of things, for putting this video together. I will say this: I sure wish more of these people were out front in the debates we’ve had this year. There’s a lot of honesty here.

These people need to speak for the White House more often. They all make this White House look swell. Thanks to all of them, and best wishes to them for a wonderful holiday season.

Share this video with a young person who might be wondering if it gets better. Because it does get better, and these people prove it.

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