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Soldiers in Afghanistan say ‘It Gets Better’

Soldiers in Afghanistan say'It Gets Better'

A group of soldiers serving in Afghanistan are lending their voices to the “It Gets Better” project, a viral movement meant to reach out to bullied queer youth.

“It's hard being different when you're young and even when you're old. But once you realize that you have friends that are going to accept you for who you are, and the sooner the accept yourself for who you are, the sooner you'll realize that life gets better,” one female soldier says in the video.

A year ago, these soldiers could have been discharged under the military's “Don't Ask, Don't Tell” policy. The discriminatory law was officially overturned on Sept. 20, 2011. Some 13,000 soldiers were discharged due to their sexual orientation or perceived sexual orientation before the law was repealed.

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Federal agencies work to address LGBT suicides

A national task force dedicated to suicide prevention among LGBT youth will be part of the new National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention. The Alliance, launched by Secretary of Health Kathleen Sebelius and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates in September, is a public-private partnership supported by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration.

Pamela S. Hyde, administrator of SAMHSA, revealed the plan for an LGBT youth task force in a five-page letter sent last month in response to an inquiry from leaders of the U.S. House’s LGBT Equality Caucus.

The task force will be led by Charles Robbins, head of The Trevor Project, which operates an LGBT youth suicide prevention program nationwide, and Kevin Jennings, the Department of Education’s Assistant Deputy Secretary for the Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools. Jennings, an openly gay appointee, founded the Gay, Lesbian, & Straight Education Network.

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Atlanta Bucks say ‘It Gets Better’

Several members of the gay Atlanta Bucks Rugby Football Club came together to film an “It Gets Better” video for the viral campaign initially organized by columnist Dan Savage to give hope to struggling LGBT youth.

The video was filmed on location Nov. 20 at a match between the Bucks and Nashville Grizzlies RFC.

Check it out the powerful and inspiring video below:

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Dan Savage calls out Republicans on ‘Colbert Report’

Dan Savage, creator of the It Gets Better Campaign, appeared on “The Colbert Report with Stephen Colbert” last night.

Savage, an author, journalist and media pundit, created the campaign after a rash of LGBT youth suicides.

“I was lucky enough to grow up in Chicago. I could see with my own eyes, openly gay people at the movies or dinner out in the city. Look at where a lot of these suicides are taking place, Greensburg, Indiana, these small towns in California and the south where there aren’t any openly gay adults.”

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Atlanta ‘It Gets Better’ Campaign launched for Pride

Today, the Queer Justice League of Atlanta and the Georgia Voice announced a project to help bring hope to LGBT teens. Our press release is below; please join us at the Georgia Voice booth during Pride to help tell our community's youth that "It Gets Better."