My son will turn 13 on Saturday. For the past year and a half, he has endured unrelenting harassment and bullying because kids at his middle school have identified him as gay. Frankly, he probably is. However, he has not declared himself as such at this time. But whether he is or isn't, he deserves to go to school and live his life free of fear, intimidation and ridicule.
As his mom, I have tried to support and empower him to be who he is without apology and to encourage him to live with pride and dignity. I have complained to the school several times about the bullying and am frustrated and stunned as to how anemic the response has been. It's a fine balance; if I react too strongly on my son's behalf, it only seems to make things worse for him. Yet, it breaks my heart to see such an amazing and gentle soul tormented. I sometimes feel at a loss as to how to help him.
Today a friend told me about the "It Gets Better" project and I watched the video with you and your partner. It made me cry. I plan to hip my kid to it. I can't tell you how grateful I am. I'm sure there are many moms out there like me, who want to help their sons and daughters but don't exactly know how. "It Gets Better" is an enormous help.
With all my heart, I thank you.
This letter, from a mom whose son is being bullied in middle school, and the video above, made by a man who was brutally bullied in middle school, arrived in my inbox at the exact same time.