Apple employees reach out to gay kids

  • tharyin

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    Apr 15, 2011 11:03 PM GMT
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    By Helen A.S. Popkin

    If you've ever found yourself overwhelmed with emotion from an iPhone or iPad commercial, expect that experience triple-fold when you watch Apple's contribution to the It Gets Better Project.

    Reaching out to potentially suicidal kids, LGBT Apple employees share their coming-out and coming-of-age stories in this six-minute piece that's as finely produced as any of the company's lovely ads, music included. Here, you won't be moved by shiny products but by heartfelt inspiring stories from Apple employees who share the pain they survived as kids, and the joy of finding their place in the world as adults.

    Dan Savage, editorial director of the Seattle weekly The Stranger and author of the syndicated column "Savage Love," launched the It Gets Better Project on YouTube in September following the suicide of Billy Lucas, a 15-year-old who reportedly suffered homophobic harassment at Indiana's Greensburg High School. Nine out of 10 gay teenagers experience bullying and harassment, Savage said on his Sept. 21 podcast announcing the project. And gay teenagers are four times more likely to commit suicide.

    Apple's contribution joins the nearly 10,000 videos since the It Gets Better Project began.

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    Apr 16, 2011 1:50 AM GMT
    Thanks for posting this! It sends a very powerful message. I only wish that it could get to people in a more public way (instead of having to search for it online perhaps). I would love to see an abbreviated version as a tv ad one day.
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    Apr 16, 2011 2:20 AM GMT
    This is a nice video. But it makes me sad in that no one made videos like this for me when I was a teenager (1980s). Also, as much as I hate to say it, I don't really agree that it "gets better." Sometimes I feel my life as a closeted teen was better than the open life I live now. They're trying to console teens and kids who are being pushed around in highschool and may be thinking about suicide. But what happens to them after they grow up only to find that gay life can be just as bad... if not worse? Adults struggle to find love. You can still be gay-bashed walking down a street. You've got bills to pay. You can't find a job. Some guys care more about your penis size than your heart. There's war, crime and poverty in the world. You didn't win the audition that you were hoping to get. Health issues. Abusive relationships. Bad customer service from a business. Not enough time to do things. Not being happy with your physique. Aging. Not finding your true calling in life. Catty and flaky gay men. Black vs white. Old vs young. HIV. And some people can get bullied as adults too. We adults call this "harassment." Etc. Etc. Etc. Life as an adult - gay adult specifically - is no picnic either. It actually never gets "better." You basically go from the frying pan into the fire. I'm not sure I'd want to be a closeted '80s teen again. But I had a better chance with the girls back then than I do with the guys today. LOL The 1980s rocked.

    Also, there are adults who commit suicide too. Where are the videos to tell THEM that it "gets better" without having to spend a small fortune on pills and therapy? Life is a bully and you can't run from it or fight back. And there is no gay "community." The future LGBT generation will learn that soon enough. Welcome to the real world bitches. icon_biggrin.gif
  • laguna07

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    Apr 16, 2011 2:40 AM GMT
    Excellent video! Thank you Apple employees!!
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    Apr 16, 2011 2:30 PM GMT
    shawnathan saidYoutube has deleted it because it depicts people doing harmful activities. WTF?
    I found it here.

    It Gets Better: Apple Employees from Jac Thomas on Vimeo.

    this is amazing. I luv it. The inspiration.