Finally! All those closeted kids in student government can start feeling better about themselves because a bunch of rich, white, Democratic politicians know how hard it is to be rich… and white… and Democratic.
Before the commenters start eating us alive about how we hate on our allies, let us first give mad props to Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Mark Udall (D-Colo.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Al Franken (D-Minn.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) who all appeared in the video and who have all co-sponsored the Respect for Marriage Act, which would repeal the Defense of Marriage Act and allow the federal government to recognize legally sanctioned same-sex marriages.
Almost all of them are also on record as supporting the Safe Schools Improvement Act which require schools and districts receiving federal funds to adopt codes of conduct specifically prohibiting bullying and harassment on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. The SSIA would also require that states report data on bullying and harassment to the Department of Education.
Their support is amazingly badass, especially when we’re so busy bitching about Obama not putting his neck on the line to support marriage equality. It’s great that we have supportive senators, openly gay senators and senators who aren’t afraid to vigorously support progressive causes in the Capitol.
And though the official It Gets Better senatorial website mentions lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transgender people, would it have killed them to mention bisexual or transgender people in the video? Just sayin’.
We do love however that their plea not to let the bad guys win implicates the Republicans and the religious right who spend a great deal of their time persuading Americans how horrid queers are.