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Watch: Dan Savage Responds to Obama's 'It Gets Better' Message


CNN's American Morning spoke with Dan Savage, who started the 'It Gets Better' project, about President Obama's message to bullied gay youth.


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  1. Dan Savage deserves every bit of congratulations for how this project has raised the national consciousness on these issues. The cumulative effect of these videos adds a much-needed counterpoint to the public discourse that has become so despairingly mean-spirited, jaded, and contentious. And, further congratulations for schooling the mainstream media here on how they should be approaching coverage on these issues. An excellent interview in every respect. A perfect way to end the week feeling definitely much more encouraged.

    Posted by: Les Roka | Oct 22, 2010 6:11:08 PM

  2. Dan Savage is God.

    Posted by: peterparker | Oct 22, 2010 6:23:46 PM

  3. I thought he was very diplomatic and tactful in relaying how this was all well and good of Obama ... now DO something to make it better. It didn't come off as complaining, but the point was made - all the while properly expressing gratitude for what was done. Classy.

    Posted by: Zlick | Oct 22, 2010 6:37:31 PM

  4. Nice balance.

    Posted by: Brian in Texas | Oct 22, 2010 6:50:16 PM

  5. Wow. Articulate, diplomatic, and spot-on.

    Posted by: JJJJS | Oct 22, 2010 6:55:22 PM

  6. As Dan heads toward 50yrs he's really becoming the level headed man.

    Posted by: Sargon Bighorn | Oct 22, 2010 6:59:14 PM

  7. Excellent Interview....Id like to shake dan's hand!

    Posted by: Disgusted American | Oct 22, 2010 7:13:04 PM

  8. Reading the comments on CNN's website stories related to LGBT issues, one would find it hard to believe there is a 2/3 majority opposed to anti-gay rhetoric. We have a long way to go and it's good for Dan and the Prez to speak out against it, but it's event better for everyone to stand up and say something when we see it or hear it in our daily lives.

    Posted by: Kelehe | Oct 22, 2010 7:15:57 PM

  9. I can't get it to play. After all the ads and video streams and links come up, it does absolutely nothing.

    Posted by: Kyle Sullivan | Oct 22, 2010 7:17:02 PM

  10. THAT is how you hold our leaders accountable without weakening their position to change something.

    Posted by: jjasonham | Oct 22, 2010 7:25:38 PM

  11. I agree with several of the other comments. This is how adults respond to the President's message, calmly and clearly. The importance of President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton speaking out against gay bullying needs to be noted. It matters. Creating a tone of tolerance starts at the most high-profile "bully pulpit" in the land. Imagine the tone under a right-wing government.

    Dan then rightly notes how the President needs to put action, as we all know, behind those important words of tolerance. There are various ways to pressure politicians, and rational discourse is one of them. And I'm glad that Dan and others are continuing to speak out against the irrational and hateful bullying from the majority of church pulpits. Teenagers shouldn't have to wait for it to get better or for the bullying to stop.

    Posted by: Ernie | Oct 22, 2010 7:44:15 PM

  12. Actually you ned BOTH. You need the level headed to be diplomats BUT YOU ALSO NEED the soldiers and the angry for them to be diplomats for. Without Community anger and response behind it there's ju7st no reason for the Obama sdminstration to do anything quickly or anything at all. Case in point HRC and the Obama Administration and there being no movement at all on DADTY until people got pissed off.

    Posted by: Jeff | Oct 22, 2010 8:44:23 PM

  13. Just like Clinton, Obama plays the gay community like a violin. Self-appointed "leaders of the gay community" always get bedazzled by power and then co-opted. Any liberal politician who went to an Ivy League school who doesn't come out full force for complete gay equality is a cynical political whore, willing to throw the gay community under the bus for another generation.

    Posted by: freestuffffff | Oct 22, 2010 9:21:47 PM

  14. @Kelehe: I don't know what "2/3 majority opposed to anti-gay rhetoric" you are referring to. But if it is the survey of 1,017 Americans that just came out, that one didn't say any number "opposed" the rhetoric, but just that two-thirds believe that anti-gay rhetoric from church leaders contributes to suicides.

    Posted by: GregV | Oct 22, 2010 9:40:49 PM

  15. ... an edit to what I just posted: Actually, I'll have to concede that in that survey, only 16% gave religious leaders in general an A or a B on their handling of homosexual issues, indicating that a lot of people think most churches are doing a bad job.
    But 45% gave their OWN place of worship an A or a B.

    Posted by: GregV | Oct 22, 2010 10:00:55 PM

  16. Perfect!

    Posted by: David R. | Oct 22, 2010 10:15:10 PM

  17. great job Dan Savage, just an outstanding job with It's get better program. In my opinion he's the top gay leader in the country today

    Posted by: Bobby | Oct 22, 2010 11:03:29 PM

  18. It would have been a lot more accurate and lot more credible if Dan had acknowledged the actions that the administration has taken. I know they're not big, but by not mentioning them at all, he makes his comments less on point.

    Posted by: BobN | Oct 22, 2010 11:04:19 PM

  19. Less carrot, more stick. The man is isn't simply moving slowly on LGBT rights.. he's fighting AGAINST them in court. That's the opposite of progress.

    The time to be nice is long over. Political and financial threats are all that are understood. They will not GIVE us our rights unless we make it absolutely clear we will exact a deep and bloody cost for them otherwise.

    Words are meaningless when balanced against actions that are contrary to what has been said.

    Posted by: Gridlock | Oct 22, 2010 11:37:33 PM

  20. Dan is my idol. Dude, awesome. Thank you, Dan!

    Posted by: justaguy | Oct 23, 2010 12:53:48 AM

  21. I forgot to boyhood crush on Dan is so validated right now. UR makin me proud, Danno.

    Posted by: justaguy | Oct 23, 2010 12:55:31 AM

  22. kids of color can turn to a parent who knows what it's like to be hated for the same reason that they are, and who can help their kids cope with prejudice. gay kids typically don't have that, in fact, some of the greatest hopelessness comes from feared rejection by their parents.

    Posted by: r | Oct 23, 2010 3:56:19 AM

  23. that interview could not have gone an iota better. dan, you are the man.

    Posted by: nic | Oct 23, 2010 3:57:09 AM

  24. there is something sublime about a measured, decent, off the cuff response. you are breathing rare air, mr. savage.

    good on you, buddy.

    Posted by: nic | Oct 23, 2010 4:05:13 AM

  25. We need to teach other teenagers to stick up to bullies badgering others. We need to make standing up to bullies a cool thing.
    thanks Dan.

    Posted by: BOBZ | Oct 23, 2010 8:41:49 AM

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