Going Beyond 'Better' for Gay Youth

The "It Gets Better" campaign gives gay teens hope, but what about real change?

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We can't preach against bullies in the hallways if we're not denouncing the ones in the pulpit and political arena. Even on the pop-cultural front, websites like Media Take Out and Bossip routinely play off homophobia for the sake of securing hits. These banal posts may help some of you get your jollies as you try to pass your workday, but they only reinforce negative attitudes about gay people.

These are the realities that gays face each and every day. And these realities surely influence gay youths more than the advice of people (especially older people) who aren't experiencing what these kids go through all the time.

We most certainly can give those in despair the hope that their lives will get better, but it will take much more than a few cheerful words to ensure that it actually does.

Michael Arceneaux is a Houston-bred, Howard-educated writer currently based in Los Angeles. You can read more of his work on his site, thecynicalones.com.

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Michael Arceneaux hails from Houston, lives in Harlem and praises Beyoncé’s name wherever he goes. Follow him on Twitter.

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