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July 27, 2011

It Gets Better, in MA

by at 2:03 pm.

Our MA delegation in an It Gets Better ad aimed at GLBT youth struggling to cope with not only being a teen, but being a GLBT teen. Did I mention I really love our MA delegation? Even Lynch is in the video.


It does get better, if anyone knows that, it’s Barney Frank, who was the first openly gay member of Congress - and who came out during a much harsher time for gays. He ends the video, poignantly.

As an aside, and I know this is politicizing something that should not be, but where the hell is Senator Brown in this video? I’m severely disappointed in him, and this time, on a personal level instead of political. I am guessing that he was just too busy that day to help teens struggling with depression over their identity.

18 Responses to “It Gets Better, in MA”

  1. Shawn Says:

    Disappointed in someone who probably wasn’t asked to participate, or probably wouldn’t trust a campaign being run by “Blue State Digital.” Either way, you don’t know ‘cuz you didn’t ask, you just accused.

    I agree the issues involved here are important and should not be minimized. How ’bout celebrating that and not politicizing it.

  2. Lynne Says:

    “probably wasn’t asked to participate” - I highly, HIGHLY doubt he was not asked. Come on, give me a break. Think with your head.

    Fine, tomorrow, IF I can get anyone on the phone, I will goddamned ask. But Tsongas made the same observation in her tweet about this today, and I doubt she would have if he had not been asked.

    And it IS important. That’s why I would hope Senator Brown would have participated. Everyone ELSE is.

  3. Lynne Says:

    And his lack of participation is actually pretty important, because if he had, it would have sent a very GOOD message. Not participating certainly sends a bad one.

    So yeah, it pisses me off, and yeah, I’ll call him out on it.

  4. Prince Charming Says:

    I’m not too savvy but here’s a link, I hope.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/07/27/scott-brown-it-gets-better-video_n_911349.html

  5. Shawn Says:

    and thus you draw attention away from the cause that those who did the video wanted to focus on, and instead on politics.

    Me, I congratulate these pols, as well as the Red Sox and Ernst & Young who earlier this month did videos earlier the same group.

  6. ML Says:

    Someone should make a video on Scott Brown’s senatorship titled, “It gets worse.”

  7. Lowell Lurker Says:

    From this morning’s Globe:

    Eleven of the 12 members make a brief comment or two, except for Brown, the lone Republican in the delegation. The video concludes with comments from Representative Barney Frank, an openly gay congressman.

    Brown was invited to participate in the video, which was organized by Kerry’s office, but declined to take part, said two congressional officials. Brown’s spokesman, Colin Reed, defended that decision in a statement released yesterday.

    “Scott Brown has a strong record at the state and federal level against bullying and believes that all people regardless of sexual orientation should be treated with dignity and respect,’’ Reed said. “His main focus right now is on creating jobs and getting our economy back on track.’’

    The article goes on to say that it doesn’t appear that ANY Republicans have participated in the PSAs.

    Pretty weak from my perspective.

  8. joe from Lowell Says:

    I agree the issues involved here are important and should not be minimized.

    …just not enough to even acknowledge that a Republican did something wrong.

  9. Lynne Says:

    Sorry, but if someone claims to be all for helping teens and equality, but refuses to be part of a (really, honestly) nonpartisan video series, even WHEN ASKED which by the way we now know he was, he’s an ass.

    The fact he’s a Republican has LITTLE to do with it, as I’d be as pissed to, say, not see Rep. Lynch (who is fairly conservative on many other issues and with whom I disagree a whole lot) in the video. Except, Lynch was in there.

    Senator Brown protesteth too much, methinks. As do his supporters.

  10. Lynne Says:

    Oh and we all know why he wasn’t there - he might agree with the sentiments (and I think perhaps he might), but he can’t piss off the winger wing of the Republican party in MA, because if they don’t show up en masse in 2012, he’s more than hosed.

    Too bad much of the TP wing already wants him gone…he’s pandering for nothing, in my opinion. Better to slough off the dead weight that is the tiny TP movement in MA, and hit the indies hard. He’s not running in a primary any more. (That I know of. I know the TP wanted one.)

  11. Joe80's Says:

    I just love these earth shattering issues being addressed by our delegation. Courage.

  12. Mr. Lynne Says:

    I know Joe, kids killing themselves is just so not-a-big-deal to spend an hour at a taping session. Sheesh [/snark]

  13. Lynne Says:

    I vastly prefer this “waste of time” to the time wasted by Republicans who failed after three days to twist enough arms to pass their own proposal on the debt ceiling that was, in itself, totally meaningless anyway.

  14. Shawn Says:

    So, in the end, it seems that the thing was being fun by a left-wing radio host who had repeatedly attacked, using less than family-acceptable verbage, the Senator, and you expected him to just jump in and say “Hey, let me play in your playground, knowing that what ever I do you will find a way to continue attacking me.”

    F that.

    Smart man, focusing on the debt and deficit issue, as well as jobs.

    Doing my research, I find that a good cause was grabbed by a bunch of political extremists to use for their own use. And now the cause loses its value, and the exremists are brought to light.

    Another failure for the left.

  15. Jack Says:

    Shawn had me until he said “Smart man.” Brown was never accused of smartness by those that knew him before he posed …. with a pick up truck.

  16. joe from Lowell Says:

    Shawn Says:
    July 27th, 2011 at 6:54 pm
    Disappointed in someone who probably wasn’t asked to participate, or probably wouldn’t trust a campaign being run by “Blue State Digital.” Either way, you don’t know ‘cuz you didn’t ask, you just accused.
    I agree the issues involved here are important and should not be minimized. How ’bout celebrating that and not politicizing it.

    Shawn Says:
    July 30th, 2011 at 11:56 am
    So, in the end, it seems that the thing was being fun by a left-wing radio host who had repeatedly attacked, using less than family-acceptable verbage, the Senator, and you expected him to just jump in and say “Hey, let me play in your playground, knowing that what ever I do you will find a way to continue attacking me.”

    Way not to politicize the issue, champ.

  17. joe from Lowell Says:

    Shawn Says:
    July 27th, 2011 at 6:54 pm

    I agree the issues involved here are important and should not be minimized.

    Shawn Says:
    July 30th, 2011 at 11:56 am
    Smart man, focusing on the debt and deficit issue, as well as jobs.

  18. Lynne Says:

    For the record, I would have heaped high praise on Brown had he participated - in fact, I am certain I would have pointed it out especially with a lot of kudos.

    Because I think preventing GLBT kids from committing suicide is way more important than avoiding giving the opposition credit. And this is why I was very angry he did not participate.

    End of story.

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