Depends. I know if I had seen the IGB campaign when I was first dealing with being gay I would have felt happy for other people but felt it wasn't applicable to my particular situation. They need to address the reality of being gay and coming out. It doesn't necessarily mean it will get better or in ways a person wants it too. People don't miraculously stop making life hard or difficult for gay people outside of school. Just look at the fact that the validity of gay marriage is debated or even of homosexuality itself. Apple has banned gay themed apps
before or forced the censoring of gay content
in apps (only reversing it after bad publicity) or not including certain pro-gay marriage statements
from Lady Gaga. Gay characters in movies/tv are cool - as long as they are the stereotype. ETC. We are constantly being bombarded by messages that it's not ok to be gay or that it's bad/questionable in some way. It doesn't stop after school.
The IGB campaign needs more practical substance in it instead of people in better situations telling people who aren't, 'Hey it gets better!'
It's like people who have found jobs making a video about how it gets better for people who haven't found any jobs or who's type of careers or jobs they once had are no longer needed.
The link below refers to a study which shows that it depends on the environment a person is in as to whether it actually does 'get better'.
'It gets better,' but only if you're in a supportive environment, study findsIt turned out that the more that students were out, the less angry and depressed they were and the higher their self-esteem, but only if they were in supportive environments. In controlling environments, coming out was not associated with any of these benefits.
I also think politicians should stay out of it because it just looks like they are pandering and drags politics into it.
Is “It Gets Better” officially useless?But we’ve also seen head-scratchers, like the videos from the cast of House, 90210 star Trevor Donovan (whose gay character was just cut from the series) and Zachary Qunito, who has famously dodged questions about his sexuality.
And now professional sports franchises like the Mariners, Red Sox and San Francisco Giants are releasing IGB videos. While the positive gesture is appreciated, we can’t help but wonder if the message is getting lost.
I agree with this comment:
"“It gets better.” How? Adult gays face the same issues that teens do. It’s in the news everyday. Let’s find something reassuring to tell these kids that isn’t just a blatent lie."