Zak here (or should I say Mr. January?) is one of the male library professionals featured in the “Men of the Stacks” 2012 calendar. In case your were wondering, Zak is 6′ 5″, volunteers as an EMT, plays rugby, and loves to ride his bike. So yeah, he’s pretty much a unicorn. Zak and other hot bookish fellows are becoming pinups to raise awareness. As Von, Mr. June, puts it, “We can’t just leave it to others to tell the people who we are; that’s why the stereotypes about librarians continue to flourish. We have to be the ones to go out there and tell people who we are. It’s not enough to complain about inaccurate images of librarians; we must be able to present alternative, positive images,” he said. These images are making me feel positive alright. If you’re not drooling already, you will be when I tell you that they are donating all proceeds from the calendar to the “It Gets Better Project.” Sold! Now I just have to figure out where to hang them. [Flavorwire]
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Heartbreaking news: a teen who once made a video for the “It Gets Better” Project committed suicide yesterday after dealing with ongoing harassment because of his sexual orientation. Jamey Rodemeyer, 14, of Buffalo, NY, had been questioning his sexuality for some time and recently blogged: “I always say how bullied I am, but no one listens. What do I have to do so people will listen to me?” Apparently, Jamey’s family was aware of the harassment he faced from classmates and were working with Williamsville North High School officials as best they could to help him; his mom said he had “issues” for years and that he was seeing a social worker and therapist. Keep reading »
When Dan Savage posted the first “It Gets Better” video to YouTube, following the suicides of multiple LBGT teens who faced bullying in school, he likely didn’t expect the overwhelming culture phenomena it became. Since then, the It Gets Better Project has seen over 6,000 YouTube videos posted by people all over the world, offering gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender youth support and acceptance. Now, the It Gets Better book features a collection of expanded essays and new material from celebrities, everyday people and teens assuring victims of bullying that they are not alone and that it will get better.
President Obama is the latest public person to contribute to Dan Savage’s “It Gets Better Campaign,” on the heels of Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. In the video (above), the president says that “We’ve got to dispel the myth that bullying is just a normal rite of passage — that it’s some inevitable part of growing up.” He notes that although he doesn’t know what it’s like to be bullied for being gay, “I do know what it’s like to grow up feeling that sometimes you don’t belong. It’s tough. And for a lot of kids, the sense of being alone or apart – I know can just wear on you. And when you’re teased or bullied, it can seem like somehow you brought it on yourself — for being different, or for not fitting in with everybody else.”
The video and message is a powerful one, especially since it’s coming from the President of the United States. I am incredibly pleased that he chose to participate in this important project and hope that his words have an impact on those gay men and women who may not believe that “it gets better.” However, there is a part of me that is also bothered by his participation, as well as the participation of anyone else who does not actively support gay marriage. Keep reading »
By now, most of us have seen recent videos telling GLBT teens “It Gets Better.” We’ve posted a video by Dan Savage and his husband, Terry, as well as a video from Tim Gunn, all promising GLBT teens that as bad as their experience has been so far — as terrible as junior or high school is to endure — it does get better — much better. Today’s video, though, is sending the opposite message to the opposite audience. It goes out to all the bullies out there who think they’re Kings of the World. Hey, guess what happens after high school, suckas! It gets worse! [via Buzzfeed] Keep reading »