Tim Gunn Tells Teens “It will get better”

October 7th, 2010

I can’t tell you how sick I’ve been feeling about the recent problems facing today’s children.

Bullying is different these days from when I was little. Back then, you were called names, maybe shoved into a locker. Then the end of the day came, and although you expected more tomorrow, at least you could go home and it was over with for today. Now the bullying doesn’t stop when the school bell rings for dismissal. It creeps into the poor victim’s home through cyber bullying. I’m terrified for how far this will go.

Tyler Clementi’s suicide propelled us into an entirely different aspect…gay bullying. This is done by dumb ass ignorant children who will grow up to be dumb ass ignorant adults who are scared of people different from them. These spineless poor excuses for humans can’t let people be who they want to be. As if they were given some right to weed out the population to suit their own self-righteous plans for society’s future.

Tim Gunn, our favorite Project Runway mentor, has done this amazingly candid video as part of Dan Savage’s “It Gets Better” project, which aims to show gay teens that life does, in fact, get a lot better after high school. In it, Gunn admits to a shocking and saddening time in his life as a young gay man. Brought tears to my eye. I applaud his honesty and his strength, and his determination to let others know that they aren’t alone in such a questioning time.

Stop bullying. Stop intolerance. Just stop. I beg you for their children. I beg you for mine.

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2 Responses to “Tim Gunn Tells Teens “It will get better””

  1. Serge says:

    Here is another good article by a writer named LZ Granderson

    http://articles.cnn.com/2010-10-05/opinion/granderson.it.gets.better_1_stepfather-life-aspirin-overdose?_s=PM:OPINION

    But I think it’s hard for anyone over 20 (or twice that, like me) to know what it’s like for kids today with how any embarrassment or harassment can be documented or videotaped and spread like an evening news broadcast to a whole school or town. I hope these stories help people think for a few more seconds and stop before they do something foolish like hiding a web cam on a roommate, or posting embarrassing pictures.

  2. Lisa says:

    Bravo Tim Gunn for speaking out so candidly. It was the early 80s when an ex’s brother, 18 at the time, had a consensual encounter with a boy who was 17 and considered a minor. When he got out of jail 6 months later, he was so embarrassed and distraught by the exposure and punishment, he committed suicide. The public humiliation in his small town was too much to take. I thought our society was more open minded and accepting toward non-traditional sexual preference and family situations, but the TC incident proves we’re not there yet.

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