Everybody deserves to be part of a supportive environment, but for members of the LGBT community, it can be difficult to find one. Homophobic slurs and acts still find fertile soil in a number of different facets of life. They can sometimes be overwhelming. Because of the harassment and bullying that they have endured, many youths who were perceived to be gay have committed suicide, including Rutgers student Tyler Clementi. He was just eighteen, and at the dawn of his life. He never got to see how good his life could be, nor did he feel enough support to have hope. Nobody should be subjected to such a level of pain and degradation that they feel like death is the only way out.
In response to the news about teen suicides, the It Gets Better Project was launched in September of 2010. The goal of the project is to show young people that they can find love and hope and acceptance. They need help to find the strength to make it to adulthood. The New York Liberty and the WNBA are made up of heroes and role models. LGBT youth need support from them just as much as anybody.
New York and Newark are diverse communities, places which are home to people from all walks of life. As such, the two cities are microcosms of the United States, a nation that was founded based on the belief that everyone should be able to live freely and without persecution.
The members of the New York Liberty are eager members of the community, and they make a
difference everywhere they go. They have a chance to make a big difference in the lives of members of the LGBT community.
If a positive message is sent now, it will have boundless potential. The ripple effect will give the young people of the New York Tri State Area a message of hope. It may just save lives.
Please join me in asking the New York Liberty to make an “It Gets Better” video.