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Towleroad Guide to the Tube #766: It Gets Better Edition

Metropolitan Opera star Patricia Racette and her partner, mezzo-soprano Beth Clayton, Emily and Martie from The Dixie Chicks, televangelist Oral Roberts' gay grandson Randy Roberts Potts, and the Cornell University Gay-Straight Alliance lend their voices to the "It Gets Better" project.

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  1. In a sense, things do get better. Being out is SO much better than being in the closet. But as an adult, we are still assaulted by bullies. Some of them masquerade as politicians; some wear the costume of religious leaders. They are, however, all just bullies in disguise. They keep trying to hurt gay people in every way they can--through unjust, discriminatory laws, through sanctimonious name-calling and jeering from the pulpit, as well as by physical attacks. They even go so far as to tear apart families by making parents come to disown therir very children.

    This society does virtually nothing to stop that bullying.

    Posted by: candideinnc | Oct 28, 2010 11:30:24 AM


  2. Randy Roberts Potts' video is just lovely. Watch it, all of it.

    Posted by: The Milkman | Oct 28, 2010 11:40:04 AM


  3. Randy Roberts video is very moving, he is a sweet soul. I hope he goes on to greatness.

    Posted by: ty | Oct 28, 2010 12:25:46 PM


  4. I love you too Uncle Ronnie, and Randy.

    Very moving.

    I continually amazed by these powerful stories that we never knew.

    I didn't know that Oral Roberts' son was gay or that he had a gay grandson. I suspect that this is part of the problem of gay kids' hopelessness; it certainly was the greatest source of mine. Thinking that you are all alone. Not knowing that the teacher, uncle, parent, sibling, pastor, policeman, soldier that you see every day is actually gay just like you. Never hearing word one about the homosexual or bisexual orientation of the historical heroes that you study in school like Alexander the Great, Leonardo Da Vinci, Abraham Lincoln, George Washington Carver, Alan Turing, etc, etc, etc.

    It seems so strange now, but when I was at my lowest point as I was coming to grips with my sexuality as a teenager in rural Mississippi it was the rise of Culture Club and Boy George that gave me just enough hope to get through. Strange because I was every bit the redneck good ole boy. One would think that a, for lack of a better word, "drag queen" would be the last person that could give me hope, especially considering that my greatest fear was that being gay meant I would grow up to be effeminate or a drag queen, which would be fine if that had been my nature but it wasn't. But just the fact that Boy George was openly gay and successful and, dare I say, fucking FABULOUS, gave me hope.

    This is why I continue to believe that NOTHING is more effective for promoting gay rights, gay acceptance and self acceptance by gays than coming out closely followed by teaching gay history and teaching about the sexual orientation of gay/bi historical figures.

    EVERY DAY should be National Coming Out Day, for EVERY gay person. There are always just more people to come out to.

    Posted by: TampaZeke | Oct 28, 2010 1:05:08 PM


  5. Finally, advocates from the world of country and western entertainment.

    TOTALLY not just saying.

    Posted by: latebrosus | Oct 28, 2010 2:57:06 PM


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