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The Sciences

It Gets Better

Cosmic VarianceBy Sean CarrollOctober 22, 2010 6:21 PM

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No substantive blogging from me -- I've lost my laptop and need to get a new one, with all the crapola that entails. (Speaking euphemistically here; it wasn't "lost," it was stolen. Story later.) In the meantime here's a video from Barack Obama, supporting Dan Savage's It Gets Better campaign. (Via Jezebel.) Savage is a well-known sex columnist, and Obama is President of the United States, so it's a newsworthy pairing in its own right. But this is an important message for every teenager, or for that matter for every person. The campaign is aimed primarily at LGBT (lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgendered) kids, who are very commonly bullied and ostracized in school. But bullying isn't right no matter who the target is. It does get better, as you grow up and figure yourself out and find supportive communities. It shouldn't ever be bad in the first place, so we have to do what we can to change the cultural acceptance of harassment.

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