Tuesday, October 19, 2010

It Gets Better

These days I'm so locked in my room watching old movies, I'm pretty disconnected from what's going on day to day in the world. But last week I was moved at an interview on NPR with columnist Dan Savage, who began a youtube channel for LGBT men and women to talk about the challenges they faced growing up, and how things have gotten better.

The channel has really taken off in the aftermath of the recent rash of suicides and violence against gay youth in the United States, and there are now hundreds of videos, short and long, by others wanting to offer comfort and encouragement to LGBT youth and their families.  

As far as I have been able to find, no Catholic clergy or religious have offered reflections. Hopefully that's not to say that the Church dismisses the important service that's being offered. We believe in the inherent and inalienable dignity of each and every one of us as children of God. The It Gets Better channel offers a means for young people who are being persecuted to hold on to or discover that value, and their fundamental beauty as human beings.

If you haven't been to the channel yet, I encourage you to check it out.


kb said...

Thanks for mentioning this. I noticed that too.

Jim McDermott, SJ said...

You got it!

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