I'm calling B.S. on the "It Gets Better" propaganda. As we unfortunately just learned, it didn't get better for EricJames Borges, who took his own life only a month after filming his video for the "It Gets Better" campaign.
So as your favorite websites post their Top 10s and Best 10s and Worst 10s of 2011, we thought we'd just post 10 videos we enjoyed this year -- some you will have definitely seen, some you may not have. They're not the best or worst. They're just cool.
A few years back, I lost two people to suicide. While I realize my senses are heightened, I've seen first hand how debilitating the mere mention of suicide in various programming can be for family members.
When I was asked to participate in the "A Better Holiday" concert benefiting the It Gets Better Project, I said "yes" before I could even think. Why? Because without the legions of gay people who work in the theater industry, it would be a mere shell of itself.
At midlife, we're all too aware of everything we missed and still need to learn, or re-learn. And, it's precisely at this point that our youthful confidence falls away and we begin to look around for concrete advice on how to make this life better.
It wasn't inspiration that got me off that bridge but a person who saw a boy in a perilous place. Fewer kids will die when it's not just their parents or their gay and lesbian peers but our entire society that is keeping an eye out on their well-being.
New mothers sometimes snark hatefully at each other with the intent to cause pain. It starts with some article about breastfeeding, epidural, c-section, co-sleeping, whatever, and devolves rapidly. Some people call this Mommy Wars. I call this cyber-bullying.