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Rick Mercer’s YouTube Rant Against Gay Teen Bullying

Rick Mercer's YouTube Rant Against Gay Teen Bullying

“It’s no longer good enough for us to tell kids who are different that it’s going to get better. We have to make it better now. So If you’re gay and you’re in public life, I’m sorry, you don’t have to run around with a Pride flag and bore the hell out of everyone, but you can’t be invisible. Not anymore.”

That’s a quote from the below video from the CBC featuring Rick Mercer (who is sort of Canada’s Jon Stewart if you’re not in the know, and is openly gay). Mercer made the video as a response to the gay bullying-related suicide of Ottawa’s Jamie Hubley, and it’s worth checking out. The “It’s Get Better” campaign, as noble and effective as it’s been, is not a solution. And Mercer makes this clear with a direct challenge to gay people in public life to step up. I completely agree with him (though not everybody feels the same), and I hope those of us privileged enough to be in the positions Mercer notes start to feel the same…

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