Active duty soldiers send message of tolerance to gay teens

By Stephen C. Webster
Monday, January 23, 2012 10:34 EDT
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A soldier with the LGBT activist group OutServe. Image: Screengrab via YouTube.
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A group of active duty soldiers in Bagram, Afghanistan recently released their own contribution to the “It Gets Better” video series, sending a message of tolerance to gay and bisexual teens hounded by bullies and their peers.

“It’s really hard, being accepted, to be different,” one soldier explains. “But it’s even harder to be somebody that you’re not. So, once you find that group of friends that embrace who you are, just go with the flow. It gets better.”

The video is an outreach effort by the group OutServe, an LGBT support organization for U.S. soldiers. It was published on Monday, Jan. 23, 2012.

Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. He previously worked as the associate editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, where he covered state politics and the peace movement’s resurgence at the start of the Iraq war. Webster has also contributed to publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The News Connection and others. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.
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