Dan talks about his personal experience with LGBT bullying and encourages viewers that as bad as it is, it will get better. By creating the It Gets Better YouTube channel, not only does Dan Savage and other celebrities give hope to followers, but millions of people are able to upload their own personal stories to the site, spreading the same message. From college students to employees of big time companies such as Facebook, Google and Apple, the channel lets everyone participate in motivating and inspiring young LGBT students- high school and junior high- to push through all the harassment because the future is brighter. A reported 14% of high school students consider suicide each year because of the bullying, and the internet and technology allow people to open their arms to those struggling victims across the country and promise them they are not alone.
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Emphasizes how powerful technology is in making a difference in LGBT bullying issues by displaying the different media forms used to address the matter. The web is truly what you make of it.
Due to the high reported rates of students feeling unsafe in their school environment due to LGBT harassment, the Think Before You Speak ad campaign has worked with influential celebrity figures to take a stand against verbal bullying and derogatory language. Although this offensive language is often targeted directly at homosexuals and transgenders, it is even more commonly found being used in completely irrelevant contexts. Phrases such as “that’s so gay” are frequently used by teens to describe anything and everything unfavorable. The phrase has crept into the everyday language and conveyed in such a negative light that it becomes offensive and cruel. These phrases are used so carelessly and routinely that what is actually being said is often overlooked. Although the intent may not be to harass or disrespect LGBT individuals, it certainly is unconsciously communicated. The Think Before You Speak campaign has created great commercials geared to these issues.