Obama's 'It Gets Better' video: Your take on the viral campaign
By Katie Rogers
In the span of a 3-minute video by President Obama, The White House took the "It Gets Better" project from viral to mainstream.
The White House posted the video Thursday night after the Pentagon announced that the "don't ask, don't tell" policy had been revised, making it tougher for the nation's military branches to discharge troops because they are openly gay. As DADT becomes further entrenched in lengthy, twisty legal proceedings -- and with a midterm election fast approaching -- Obama reached out to LGBT teens by saying he knows what it feels like to be excluded:
Obama isn't the only politically-minded contributor to "It Gets Better," which was created by openly gay writer Dan Savage.
When Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sent in her video, telling kids to "hang in there," earlier this week, one viewer wrote, "Wow, I can't imagine a Secretary of State delivering this message back when I was a kid. How times have changed."
TweetGive us Your Take:Are these videos helping gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered teens feel less isolated? If you are gay, would this type of project have changed your adolescence? What does the "It Gets Better" project mean to you? Send a tweet using #itgetsbetter or leave a comment below.
| October 22, 2010; 12:00 PM ET
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