I love this story and hope that you all read it/watch the videos too.
A project put on by the Illinois Safe School Alliances is having their students make videos which they channel what they feel will be their voice at age 40, giving advise to themselves now, as youth. The Safe School Alliance states that, “While I am a huge fan of the “It Gets Better” campaign, with its celebrity and political figure showing support to LGBTQ youth, this video from the Alliance really seems like something fresh and new. It isn’t a supportive, older person saying “just wait, it gets better… have patience.”
These students are living the struggles of life as a young LGBTQ person—the bullying, the abuse from parents, the lack of support from schools, and the heated political rhetoric that makes them feel like less of a person. They know the reality they are living and are looking to change it by bringing attention to it now.
They aren’t just waiting for it to “get better” in the future, they are working to make it better for themselves and for students like them.”
Check it out and consider what you would say if you were 40 years old now, reflecting back to your life as a teenager.