Joel Burns, a council member of Ft. Worth in Texas, recently shared a very powerful story of what it was like for him to grow up gay in a straight world. He relates his story "It Gets Better" to the terrible tragedies of the gay teens who killed themselves after being bullied and made to feel less than human.
Please take a few minutes to listen to Joel's story, and pass it along to your friends and family.
Bullying is a serious problem--often a lethal threat to children who are perceived to be, or who are different from their peers--and each and every one of us has an obligation to speak out against this toxic behavior. No child should ever feel that the only escape from bullying of any kind is to simply extinguish his/her own life.
Please sign the petition below thanking Joel Burns for his courage to share his own story, a story which will stimulate compassionate conversation and save lives.
- Memeber of City Council for Fort Worth, Texas
Thank you for sharing your own personal story "It Gets Better."
Your incredible compassion, insightful empathy, and genuine honesty help to provide a ray of sunshine and hope for the hundreds and thousands of young people who have been perceived to be, or who are different from their peers. These kids have been walking, if not running, into the dark each day trying to escape the impending doom and damnation of being victims of bullying.
Thank you for giving support to kids who often fall prey to discrimination and hatred due to their actual or perceived sexual orientation. Your story will help these kids understand that "It Gets Better" and your story will help save lives.
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