About It Gets Better (taken from itgetsbetter.org)
Growing up isn’t easy. Many young people face daily tormenting and bullying, leading them to feel like they have nowhere to turn. This is especially true for LGBT kids and teens, who often hide their sexuality for fear of bullying. Without other openly gay adults and mentors in their lives, they can't imagine what their future may hold. In many instances, gay and lesbian adolescents are taunted — even tortured — simply for being themselves.
Justin Aaberg. Billy Lucas. Cody Barker. Asher Brown. Seth Walsh. Raymond Chase. Tyler Clementi. They were tragic examples of youth who could not believe that it does actually get better.
While many of these teens couldn’t see a positive future for themselves, we can. The It Gets Better Project was created to show young LGBT people the levels of happiness, potential, and positivity their lives will reach – if they can just get through their teen years. The It Gets Better Project wants to remind teenagers in the LGBT community that they are not alone — and it WILL get better.
Why Manchester United?
Football in the UK is considered to be one of the last bastions of homophobia in professional sports and who better to set an example than the new Premiership Champions? If such a high profile sporting institution were to stand up and send a message saying that it gets better it would send a clear message to those people who feel homophobia is acceptable - that it isn't.
With this in mind we petition Manchester United to make their own It Gets Better video!
Sir Alex Furguson
Homophobia is a real problem in both everyday life and also in football. A high profile sporting organisation such as yourselves releasing an It Gets Better video in support of LGBT people would be an amazing achievement and challenge the views and perceptions of football fans nationwide.
During the last 12 months there has been a number of our young people in the United States and here in the United Kingdom who have taken their own life due to being bullied because of their sexual orientation or perceived orientation. This simply cannot continue. If sporting institutions such as yourselves would come forward to speak out against this injustice it would go some way towards supporting these young people and sending a clear message to those inflicting this senseless abuse that this country, it's people and it's sporting organisations do not accept these actions.
With this in mind we ask you to create an It Gets Better video to support young people across the UK and the rest of the world and to send a message to the people inflicting this abuse on others.
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