Thursday, October 7, 2010

"It Gets Better," Part Four -- This is Our Time

I've often thought if we could all just come together, and focus our energy on a compelling, worthwhile goal, there'd be no stopping us.  We're all out there, doing our own thing, going about our own business.  But we all know so much is left to be done--we're not there yet--and we don't know how to go about doing it.

Even though the world is filled with people like us, we still feel alone, especially when it comes to making a difference.  We may be out of the closet, but we're still fearful of being too visible, of sticking ourselves out there where no one knows us, where we might not receive the support we're used to.  In other words, fear still influences what we do, in some ways at least.  

If we could all just come together, the strength in our numbers would be undeniable and overwhelming.  Well, maybe we just have, or maybe we're on the verge of it.  Dan Savage's "It Gets Better" video has created a groundswell of support for LGBTQ youth, no question.  But, even more, it's brought us together from our various corners to show our compassion, our willingness to contribute, and our potential as a force.  

I feel it.  I feel this is an exciting occasion in our culture and our history.  I feel so much more can come of this.  The potential is limitless.  Let's not lose this energy. Let's not let this opportunity pass us by.  This is our time.  We are showing ourselves, and the world, what we can do when we come together for a common purpose.  It's up to us to use it.  What's our next step, and how will we take it?          

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