In response to recent news reports of young gay and lesbian teenagers committing suicide, Dan Savage, a columnist for the Seattle weekly The Stranger, began an online project called "It Gets Better" — short videos by people who survived rocky-to-brutal adolescences and found that life, indeed, gets better. Now "It Gets Better" is having a New Orleans event to spread the word, put together by Megan Hargroder, a community manager for the workspace company Launch Pad and a writer for the website afterellen.com. On Saturday, Oct. 16, from 5-7 pm, cameras and microphones will be set up on the patio at Cure, where people can record their own testimonials.
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(Among the famous names assuring gay and lesbian kids "it gets better": New Orleans native Ellen DeGeneres.)
"I’ve been an activist for a long time, and gone to a lot of marches and rallies," says Hargroder. "And I've tried to get more involved with the LGBT community here, but there hasn't been a lot of organized activism here...maybe because New Orleans is just so accepting."
Hargroder says the event will include food and happy hour specials at the bar, and organizers are hoping for 100 or more people to show up — even if they don't record a video. "You don’t have to be an LGBT person to attend; there are going to be a lot of straight allies there," she says. "We just really want to show strong support from New Orleans for this project."