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Dan Savage: ‘Not a single GOP elected official’ has participated in ‘It Gets Better’

Thursday, July 28, 2011
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Dan Savage, co-founder of the “It Gets Better Project” — a campaign to inspire LGBT youth facing adversity and depression — called out Republicans politicians on Thursday over their refusal to participate in the campaign aimed at preventing teen suicide.

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Savage was responding to criticism by the the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC), who on Thursday said in a statement to Politico, that Savage had a “long history of lewd, violent and anti-Christian rhetoric.”

The project has had the reach and impact that it’s had thanks to tens of thousands of people from all over the world who’ve participated. [A]nd no one who participates is required to crawl into bed with me. ..:

It is interesting, though, that not a single GOP elected official can bring himself or herself to make a video, or participate in the creation of one.

No GOP elected official can risk being seen letting bullied LGBT kids know that life isn’t high school and that it will get better for them. It doesn’t require signing off on the entire gay agenda (the president made a video, and he doesn’t support gay marriage).

No GOP elected can back the seemingly radical notion that LGBT kids shouldn’t kill themselves, that they should have hope for their futures.

No GOP elected official can do even that — David Cameron, meanwhile, made a video months ago. Which tells us a lot about the noisiest part of the GOP’s base — lewd (have you seen their websites?) hate groups like Focus on the Family and Americans for Truth About Homosexuality — and how feared they are by even “moderate” senators like Scott Brown.

The NRSC’s attack on Savage came in response to growing criticism of U.S. Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.), who refused to participate in an “It Gets Better” video released Wednesday that featured all other 11 members of the Massachusetts’ congressional delegation.

Savage, along with his spouse Terry Miller, founded the “It Gets Better Project” last year in response to the increasing number of teen suicides of kids who were bullied for their perceived sexual orientation. To date, the project has received more than 10,000 video contributions, including submissions from teh President, Vice-President Joe Biden and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

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