Today’s Love: Queer Youth Speak Out, Reteach Gender

Shifting the narrative around bullying from the person to the political.

By Jamilah King Nov 23, 2010

Dan Savage’s "It Gets Better" campaign has gotten plenty of attention, and rightfully so. It’s brought thousands of people together for the common cause of challenging bullying and speaking out against queer youth suicides. But recently, queer and trans youth took up the conversation for themselves. "This is about way more than bullies in our schools," one person says. "This is about our school boards, our homes, and our country," another adds. Their goal is to shift the narrative of bullying from personal responsibility to institutional accountability, and they’re pushing for stronger curriculum that teaches students about gender, sexuality, and difference. It’s a powerful statement in an important moment, and for that, we’re thankful.

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