Jacquielynn Floyd in the Dallas Morning News is one of my favorite local columnists.
The other day she wrote the following about Joel Burns, a Fort Worth City Council member.
From the Dallas Morning News: http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/dn/localnews/columnists/jfloyd/stories/101510dnmetfloyd.18d5a4bfb.html
09:10 AM CDT on Friday, October 15, 2010
If the now-viral video of Fort Worth City Council member Joel Burns’ extraordinary address during an otherwise routine meeting Tuesday does not move you to tears, you surely have a tough, leathery little peanut for a heart. I can’t watch it without crying.
Burns, who is gay, spoke directly to young victims of anti-gay bullying (none of whom, it’s a safe bet, were at a sparsely attended City Council meeting on a Tuesday night, but who are presumably being reached through the irrepressible tom-toms of the Internet).
He shared his own teenage experience of ugly, mindless victimization, and he made the promise to kids enduring similar torment: “It gets better.”
Technically speaking, that’s “It Gets Better” – with caps – since it’s the name for an informal online video project of adults sharing their coming-out stories to teens who are struggling with their sexual orientation and especially vulnerable to harassment.
Continue reading at: http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/dn/localnews/columnists/jfloyd/stories/101510dnmetfloyd.18d5a4bfb.html
Councilman Burn’s Website: http://www.joelburns.com/
October 18, 2010 at 4:23 pm
not sure if you’ve seen this story, but obviously, Chloe didn’t want to wait for it to get better…
October 18, 2010 at 6:51 pm
I dropped a request to repost to the author.
Thanks for the heads up.
I’m a little stressed out at the moment. I had an unemployment hearing on an appeal today.
This one merits a full posting