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Ever Wonder Whether Those “It Gets Better” Videos Have Ever Helped Anyone?

Jim Burroway

September 9th, 2011

This video and this video helped the young man you see below, who says thanks:

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September 9th, 2011 | LINK

The young man made me so happy I cried!

Rob in San Diego
September 9th, 2011 | LINK

YES A SUCCESS STORY! 1 down and many more to go. I am so happy that we were able to help this young man out.

I can just see the other side right now responding to this. “See what you guys did, this lost soul was about to convert to heterosexuality by attending our brain washing sessions until he found your “just stick it out and life will get better” videos and now he’s “addicted” on them! You made this person feel good about himself about being gay! Now we’re just going to have to make his life even more miserable!

Sincerely your friends at NOM

By the way bro you too can have a family still. My partner has a 6 year old son who is just a joy in my life. You will meet someone who might have a kid, or perhaps you can adopt one of those kids that heterosexuals don’t want.

September 9th, 2011 | LINK


Now, clean your room!

September 9th, 2011 | LINK

@Christopher – click through to YouTube and check out the comments. He has cleaned his room.

And at least he’s not doing what I did most of my life – tossing all the messy stuff in the closet.

(btw – Dylan posted a second vid on YT giving some more of his story.)

September 10th, 2011 | LINK

This touching video is confirmation that the IGB videos are not just a waste of pixels; I expect there will be a flood of similar stories at the end of this decade as today’s teens who DIDN’T commit suicide relate what influences were important to them.
Contrary to the rhetoric of the anti-LGBT hate groups, I have no vested interest in whether Dylan is gay, straight, bi, or even – horrors – Republican. My interest is that he survives and thrives and knows that he is not alone. IGB seems to have provided him with a foundation to challenge the misinformation that is being fed to him. Bravo!

joe arevalo
September 10th, 2011 | LINK

I am so happy for your liberation.

“It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.” -E.E. Cummings

September 10th, 2011 | LINK

i am so happy he found help i hope these videos help all the teens since they are all connected on the interweb, and i’m sorry but i have to say this, hes gonna make some lucky boy a good husband, just look at those cute dimples.

September 10th, 2011 | LINK

This video pays for all. It should be required viewing for those at certain blogs that shall remain nameless who can’t seem to do anything but carp at Dan Savage for not waving his magic wand and making it perfect right this minute.

Ben In Oakland
September 10th, 2011 | LINK

Christopher– just what I was thinking. His room is such a mess that he’s probably REALLY straight.

Ben in Atlanta
September 10th, 2011 | LINK

“His room is such a mess that he’s probably REALLY straight.”

Ooh that burns. My whole house looks like a man cave. Are you going to take away my gay card?

Kevin F
September 10th, 2011 | LINK

“There is no need to do any housework at all. After the first four years the dirt doesn’t get any worse.”
– – Quentin Crisp

Regan DuCasse
September 10th, 2011 | LINK

That beautiful, adorable boy going through that.
And finding comfort in IGB.
And he did express gratitude for it.

I hope is parents and family understand what a great kid he is, and he’ll be a happier, healthier person for being himself.

Frankly, I don’t know why heterosexuality is sold as if heterosexuals don’t create problems and ‘not acting on it’ would solve them. Being heterosexual isn’t an ACHIEVEMENT in greatness. It’s not an achievement at all.
No one’s orientation is. So why should it be a goal of any kind?


September 10th, 2011 | LINK

When I was his age homosexuality was deemed a psychiatric illness and homosexual acts a criminal offense. I bought the baloney and suffered for far too long. I was just born 40 years too late. I just pray that young gay and lesbian teenagers don’t have to go through want I went through ….. and, have happy productive lives.

September 10th, 2011 | LINK

It’s great that Dylan was able to figure out the truth about “therapy” claiming to change one’s sexual orientation. This is nothing more than ignorant, religious nonsense that does a lot of psychological damage to the kids who get entrapped in it. Imagine a “floral therapy” claiming to change a “rose” into a “lily” – they’d be laughed out of town. Competent therapy by licensed psychologists or psychiatrists *can* be very helpful to gay teens in learning how to accept their orientations and feelings as normal and in dealing more effectively with homophobic ‘rents and peers – but any therapist who still sees being gay as abnormal or who claims to have a “cure” for what isn’t an illness is nothing more than a dangerous quack.

David Ehrenstein
September 11th, 2011 | LINK

Bravo Dylan!

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