Fort Worth City Council member Joel Burns’ message to gay teens is heartfelt, resonating

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:

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.

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Councilman Burn’s Website:

2 Responses to “Fort Worth City Council member Joel Burns’ message to gay teens is heartfelt, resonating”

  1. Michelle Says:

    not sure if you’ve seen this story, but obviously, Chloe didn’t want to wait for it to get better…

  2. Suzan Says:

    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

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