To anyone out there (not just teens) who has ever felt hopeless about life because your gender or sexuality doesn’t fit the ridiculously rigid social standards that exist today: your life is worthwhile and worth living. Don’t ever forget that, even if there are people who push you to feel otherwise. Some periods in life are really tough, and I don’t know why it has to be that way, but the parts of life that are beautiful make it all worthwhile. You should love whomever you want to love and present yourself however you feel most comfortable, and you should do so without shame. Having only binary options in our social system for gender and sexuality is what is unnatural and shameful – not anything about you.
For another awesome “it gets better” video, check out the one by genderpanic’s favorite gender outlaw Kate Bornstein. Also listen to Ellen DeGeneres’ important message about bullying. And for frequent reminders from fellow queers, activists, and youth about the importance of staying true to one’s self, check out the hashtag #stayalive on twitter.