‘It gets better’

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In the United States, now over 30 states allow same-sex marriage. Ohio, however still has a constitutional ban on same-sex marriages. The Netherlands was the first country to allow same-sex marriage in 2000, and the most

Adhiti Chundur, Staff Writer

Graham Moore, Oscar winner for best Adapted Screenplay for “The Imitation Game” had something important to say during his acceptance speech about fitting in.

“When I was 16 years old, I tried to kill myself because I felt weird, and I felt different, and I felt that I did not belong,” Moore said.

He spoke to all the kids who felt like they were weird, or did not fit in. He said that they do fit in, and that it gets better.

Moore had referenced the “It Gets Better” Project, which is dedicated to reaching out to lesbian, gay, transgender, and bisexual individuals around the world. Their mission is to show LGBTQ teens that they are not alone, and it does get better.

Many teens that are part of the LGBTQ community have a hard time dealing with parents, harassment, unequal rights, and lack of recognition.

The project website states their message: “Many young people face daily tormenting and bullying, leading them to feel like they have nowhere to turn. This is especially true for LGBT kids and teens, who often hide their sexuality for fear of bullying.”

“Without other openly gay adults and mentors in their lives, they can’t imagine what their future may hold. In many instances, gay and lesbian adolescents are taunted — even tortured — simply for being themselves.”

The Trevor Project is a 24/7 crisis in intervention and suicide prevention lifeline for lesbian, gay bisexual, and transgender individuals (ages 13-24).

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

1-800-273 –TALK (8255)

The Trevor Project

1-866-4-U-TREVOR (866-488-7386)

To help these foundations, you can donate, share your story, take the pledge, and volunteer. Visit their websites for more information.

“Stay weird, stay different, and then when it is your turn… please pass this on same message to the next person that comes along,” Moore said.