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59 Responses to Joel Burns Tells Gay Teens It Gets Better

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    fancylad Male 30-39
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    October 14, 2010 at 10:54 am
    Link: Joel Burns Tells Gay Teens It Gets Better - Fort Worth, Texas Councilman Joel Burns reaches out to GLBT teens with a personal story. Longish, but a must watch.
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    unmercyfuldu Male 18-29
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    October 14, 2010 at 11:17 am
    Watched this earlier today. Amazing stuff.
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    almightybob1 Male 18-29
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    October 14, 2010 at 11:23 am
    Well said.
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    BobbyJenkins Female 18-29
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    October 14, 2010 at 11:27 am
    Brilliant and emotional speech. What a strong, succesful role model for young gay men. His husband is a lucky man.
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    razvanpat Male 18-29
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    October 14, 2010 at 11:33 am
    Bullying is so wrong and teachers and parents should be responsible for looking out for it and taking action against it.

    I got bullied by some guy when I was young as well. So I did some sports, got stronger and then kicked his ass in front of the entire school until he begged me with tears in his eyes to stop. Nobody ever picked up on me after that.
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    Gentle-Tramp Male 13-17
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    October 14, 2010 at 11:41 am
    wow
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    Pooptart19 Male 18-29
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    October 14, 2010 at 11:52 am
    The sad thing is, right now, there`s probably some douche who thinks that he`s just trying to promote "the gay agenda." What? The agenda of trying to prevent teen suicide?
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    panth753 Female 18-29
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    October 14, 2010 at 11:57 am
    That was so sad but, I loved it.
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    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
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    October 14, 2010 at 11:59 am
    the pink shirt is doing double duty
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    helix25 Male 18-29
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    October 14, 2010 at 1:05 pm
    I don`t understand homosexuals, but one thing is for sure: Unacceptance is unacceptable.
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    JUGGALETTEx0 Female 18-29
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    October 14, 2010 at 1:12 pm
    I cried.
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    blazephemist Male 18-29
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    October 14, 2010 at 1:17 pm
    gaaaaaaaaaaay and boring:)
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    Kryptonite Male 18-29
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    October 14, 2010 at 1:24 pm
    In the memory of all those who took their lives, I encourage everyone to wear purple on October 20th. Purple is the colour of Spirit of the LGBT flag. Though i`m not gay, many of my close friends are, and so is a member of my family. And i would be broken if i heard that any of them took their lives because of bullying.
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    DixxyRarr Female 18-29
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    October 14, 2010 at 1:24 pm
    Oh Jeeze. I held it together all the way to the end. Until the standing ovation. Then I lost it.
    Sometimes I forget how much harder it is for boys to be gay than for girls...
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    Sakamura Male 30-39
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    October 14, 2010 at 1:34 pm
    Awwww *cries*
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    Hylia Female 30-39
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    October 14, 2010 at 1:45 pm
    This "it get better" project is amazing. I hope, with all my heart, that it will make a difference.

    If it can save just one life. If it can change just one person...
    I hope that this project can reach out to so many people, I`ve been telling kids for years that "it does get better"... I`m just glad someone made this project, and made it big enough that it reach out to those who need it the most.

    PS: Yeah, I cried too =/
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    SPARTAKITTY Female 18-29
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    October 14, 2010 at 1:51 pm
    A touching message, but only the trachers can help. In my highschool, all of the teachers were very open and friendly to students, but they always had a soft spot for the successful, beautiful, talkative highschool poster children, and in almost every instance, it was the poster kids doing the bullying. Sure, it doesn`t feel good when someone bullies you, but it hurts a lot more when the most popular kids bully you, because they are at the top, and they always will be. What I`m saying is teachers need to get involved, mostly with the kids who are not at the top, because they are the ones who need help the most.
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    mntlmstrbtr Male 30-39
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    October 14, 2010 at 1:56 pm
    Blazphemist, if you could only see how predictable and boring YOU are... you might understand why the rest of the world thinks we`re idiots. Thanks for the reminder.
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    pixiechick81 Female 30-39
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    October 14, 2010 at 2:40 pm
    I cried... a lot
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    KannaLilly Female 13-17
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    October 14, 2010 at 2:42 pm
    I`m all teary eyed... Hadn`t planned on watching it all, but I couldn`t stop.

    I do hope every unsure, suicidal, and closeted lesbian, gay, bisexual or transexual teen sees this video, or others in the whole campaign. It even inspires me, giving me hope, and I`m sure, healthy, and out.
    Maybe it`s a silly thing to say, but I think if we refuse to feel ashamed - or at least try, as I know it can be difficult - we can hold our heads up high for the first time. For me, at least, it`s everyone else that`s the problem. I`m proud of who I am, no matter what they think.
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    XtifnerX Female 13-17
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    October 14, 2010 at 2:46 pm
    i officially love that man
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    Levyn Male 18-29
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    October 14, 2010 at 2:49 pm
    This was....amazingly beautiful. My partner and I both got choked up. Best "It Gets Better" video.
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    Fatninja01 Male 30-39
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    October 14, 2010 at 3:10 pm
    THats sad, but it happens so often, they arnt strong enough mentally to realise what was happening. If they continue through school they will either be a stronger person, or always have self doubt! Bill Gates got bullied, now he can buy your city and kik you out if he really wanted!
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    xKrazyKoalax Male 18-29
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    October 14, 2010 at 3:11 pm
    Dude I saw this. For one, Fort Worth produced something deep and substantial! Go hometown! Second, I`m not even gay and have never been bullied and this was incredibly moving.
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    DickenMcHunt Male 18-29
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    October 14, 2010 at 3:36 pm
    When I watched this the other day I was literally moved to tears. For the record this was not for the "It Get`s Better Project," instead this was part of the "Here`s How pooty The World Is, and It needs To Change," ...project.

    I`ve watched so many "It Get`s Better" video`s and the one`s by real people (not celebrities) are always the most powerful, but this-

    This is one of the most gut wrenching video`s I`ve ever seen. It was almost harder to watch than some of the dregs of the internet that I`ve stumbled over. Scratch that, it WAS harder to watch.

    I love this man and idolize his strength.
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    HOBOMOE Male 18-29
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    October 14, 2010 at 3:59 pm
    This is the best news I`ve heard since Houston elected an Openly gay female Mayor.
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    kilroy5555 Male 30-39
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    October 14, 2010 at 4:03 pm
    If just one kid is dissuaded from suicide, then it`s worth telling this man sharing his very personal story in a very public forum.

    It`s good to see a bunch of these vids being circulated. How rare it is to see something that you know will probably wind up directly saving a life...
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    Skabashas Male 18-29
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    October 14, 2010 at 4:13 pm
    God damn, that was beautiful. I`m literally in tears.
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    Dad4Life Male 50-59
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    October 14, 2010 at 4:35 pm
    What gets better, learning how to control the gag reflex?
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    FeeFee Female 18-29
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    October 14, 2010 at 4:52 pm
    drat you, SCfan. It`s people like you that are allowing this poo to happen.
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    SPrinkZ Male 18-29
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    October 14, 2010 at 4:54 pm
    I cried a little for him. It`s so unfortunate we live in a world with religion.
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    arkabeoeht Male 18-29
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    October 14, 2010 at 5:16 pm
    I`m confused, did he try o kill himself or something. It seems like he based his speech off of a story that h din`t actually tell. Unless his story was that he was bullied. IN which case bleh. But otherwise, touching. WHAT UNFORTUNATE DAY
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    Garganthas Male 50-59
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    October 14, 2010 at 5:38 pm
    Bravo.
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    Cyradis314 Female 18-29
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    October 14, 2010 at 5:45 pm
    I hope that the people who need help get to see this. No one should have to feel like they are worthless.

    I can`t agree with the "wear purple on this day" type things, just because I believe them to be inefficient methods - but THIS getting around is effective.

    <internet hug> to this person.
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    HalfPintRoo Female 18-29
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    October 14, 2010 at 5:56 pm
    Thank you Joel. You are awesome.
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    todayistodie Male 18-29
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    October 14, 2010 at 6:32 pm
    @arkabeoht i think he was referring to something he had written in his speech that he decided not to read. something to do with his parents.

    but on a side note it makes me proud to be from fort worth. and for people that dont live in a state as homophobic as texas, this took a truck load of balls.
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    EvilCheeseXY Female 18-29
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    October 14, 2010 at 6:40 pm
    F**k man, I`m choking up. Go Joel, I wish the internet could give out hugs.
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    Altaru Male 18-29
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    October 14, 2010 at 6:55 pm
    Political repercussions?

    My friend, if there are ANY repercussions, I`d bet BIG money the world would be on your side.

    That was amazing. I didn`t cry, but still... That took some serious balls.
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    Rawrandmer Female 13-17
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    October 14, 2010 at 6:57 pm
    That`s like...That man deserves a hug. That must have been so hard for him to do, and I`m thinking the `unfortunate day` to which he refers to is the part he decided to skip over in his speech, and I`m not sure but I think he may have tried to kill himself.
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    moefreak Female 18-29
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    October 14, 2010 at 7:51 pm
    Completely heartbreaking. I`m so proud that this guy is a member of my species. He is really doing something brave and meaningful with his position.

    This video could make such a huge difference and save so many lives, not just those of gay teens but teens in general being bullied, or anyone thinking about suicide.
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    almightybob1 Male 18-29
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    October 14, 2010 at 8:26 pm
    I`m confused, did he try o kill himself or something.
    He didn`t actually say it out loud because it was too difficult, but he implied that he either attempted suicide or was about to attempt it one night when he was 13. He told enough of the story that in context it`s clear what happened.
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    inaria Female 18-29
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    October 14, 2010 at 8:33 pm
    It`s sad that people such as teachers let this kind of harassment continue, though admittedly, it`s hard to stop kids from bullying, since it`s usually done out of the classroom, and then it`s all he-said-she-said type thing. I just feel so sorry for those kids who feel so alone, that they can`t even talk to anyone about how they`re feeling...they just off themselves. I`m glad he had to balls to admit trying to commit suicide/wanting to commit suicide (cause it was obvious even though he didn`t say it) so publicly, because he`s a great role model. Successful in life. Completely.
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    GRadde Male 18-29
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    October 14, 2010 at 10:49 pm
    It`s people like that that make the world a better place. It`s people like that who make my day a lot brighter.
    That pushed me to tears, it was one of the more meaningful and wonderful starts to my day imaginable.
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    Maelstrom_x Male 18-29
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    October 14, 2010 at 11:18 pm
    Live through the bullying, go to college, get a degree, get an awesome job making mad $$$, then find the jocks/losers that picked on you living in trailers bagging your groceries, then go home and lol your ass off.
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    Septemberex Female 13-17
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    October 15, 2010 at 12:26 am
    What a great role model. The world needs more people like Joel Burns.

    Brightened my day =]
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    Tisjokar Male 18-29
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    October 15, 2010 at 4:00 am
    very brave :)
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    bigkkm Male 50-59
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    October 15, 2010 at 6:12 am
    This is awesome.
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    mise Female 18-29
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    October 15, 2010 at 6:50 am
    Aw, this made me cry. I hope the young people that need to see this do.
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    Wizard77 Male 40-49
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    October 15, 2010 at 7:49 am
    "...then find the jocks/losers that picked on you living in trailers bagging your groceries..."

    Nope. They are cops now so they can keep pushing people around.

    Bagging Groceries is an honest days work. Putting someone down for it is lame.

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    bram Male 18-29
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    October 15, 2010 at 10:13 am
    I have a lump in my throat. I wish I had seen something like this when I was around twelve. Before I pretty heavily disfigured my arms and legs with razor blades, and did all those drugs. It has gotten better, though, I think it would have been even better if I hadn`t wasted so many years there.

    I wouldn`t have been able to do that if I were him. I`d probably quit around the first time he started crying.

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    Supersyko Male 18-29
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    October 15, 2010 at 11:32 am
    The one thing ive never understood about people that that pick on GBLT`s, is, why?

    Why do you pick on them so much? What dose it matter if they want to be gay, dose it hurt you in any way? I was sitting in class one day and this black kid in front of me stood up and said, "if anyone in this class room is a faggot, imma beat the poo outta you and leave you for dead." I looked at his retarded ass face and asked him, "why? Why do you care?" and of course he was too stupid to come up with a response. So if anyone is smart enough to come up with a response, tell me.
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    Weakmonkey Male 18-29
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    October 15, 2010 at 12:44 pm
    "The one thing ive never understood about people that that pick on GBLT`s, is, why? "

    So you understand why people pick on nerds, dorks, religions, race, etc, just not the gay community? That`s just gay.
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    skullgrin Male 18-29
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    October 15, 2010 at 2:04 pm

    The one thing ive never understood about people that that pick on GBLT`s, is, why?

    Why do you pick on them so much? What dose it matter if they want to be gay, dose it hurt you in any way? I was sitting in class one day and this black kid in front of me stood up and said, "if anyone in this class room is a faggot, imma beat the poo outta you and leave you for dead." I looked at his retarded ass face and asked him, "why? Why do you care?" and of course he was too stupid to come up with a response. So if anyone is smart enough to come up with a response, tell me.


    It is because gay people have birth defects, and just like any other birth defect they will be hated on. its what kids do
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    ElMustache Male 18-29
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    October 15, 2010 at 4:14 pm
    I grew up in a gay friendly town, but kids still committed suicide. My graduating year we had 3 kids committ suicide. Regardless if you`re straight or not, this video speaks a louder message. There`s more to live for and look forward to if you just hang in there.
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    Kalimata Male 30-39
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    October 16, 2010 at 7:05 am
    That is what is so bloody sad about kids who kill themselves at such a young age. It does get better, life gets better.

    I had a friend who`s sister killed herself at the age of 16. She was beautiful, smart, and had what I thought was everything going for her.
    I wish I could only go back, and tell her, life gets better, what is so horrible now, will seem so insignificant when you get older.
    Yeah well, if wishes were horses, beggars would ride...
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    louisecstasy Male 18-29
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    October 16, 2010 at 4:33 pm
    i live in Fort Worth and i go to western hills high school and i am openly gay but i haven`t really received bullying but i have had conflicts with family but it really got better, my family accepted me, and most importantly i accepted myself
  57. Profile photo of unmercyfuldu
    unmercyfuldu Male 18-29
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    October 18, 2010 at 1:23 pm
    Watched this earlier today. Amazing stuff.
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    Abandonnez Male 18-29
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    October 20, 2010 at 6:15 pm
    <I>It is because gay people have birth defects, and just like any other birth defect they will be hated on. its what kids do</i>

    Being gay isn`t a birth defect, nor a choice.
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    plb9700 Female 13-17
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    March 12, 2011 at 5:10 am
    That`s so cool, how he can openly say such personal things, in order to help kids like himself. Where I live, or at least in my class, we don`t hate on gays or lesbians. It`s become a way of life to our generation. Soon enough, no one will really have a problem with it.

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