GM employees contribute to It Gets Better project – Watch the video after the jump

It's amazing how much things can change in just a few years. Back in 2006, the American Family Association began a two-year-long boycott of Ford over the automaker's decision to market its products in gay-centric media outlets, as well as its policy of extending health insurance to same-sex couples. The boycott was largely ineffective, though reactions of that nature by social conservative groups were exactly why many automakers didn't advertise their connections to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities.

Some five years have passed and automakers appear to have largely gotten over their fear of inciting similar backlash. General Motors sure has, as evidenced by this video produced for the It Gets Better project. In the near seven-minute-long video, GM employees connected to the LGBT community talk about their life experience either being gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender or knowing someone who is, like a son, daughter or friend. View it after the jump.

The It Gets Better project was started in 2010 by columnist Dan Savage after a number of LGBT teenagers took their own lives as a result of bullying in school. In the project's own words, the videos created are meant "to show young LGBT people the levels of happiness, potential, and positivity their lives will reach – if they can just get through their teen years." Along with over 10,000 ordinary people, GM joins a large group of companies and organizations that have also contributed videos, including Pixar, Google and The Gap, as well as the San Francisco Giants, Chicago Cubs and Boston Red Sox.



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      2 Wheeled Menace
      • 3 Years Ago
      I wouldn't have expected this from GM.. hats off to them.
      Jub
      • 3 Years Ago
      Great job GM, and those who contributed. Hopefully other automakers will follow the lead of GM and other companies who have been involved.
      DP
      • 3 Years Ago
      Thank you for sharing this with the Autoblog community. It is an important thing that GM has done, to lend its voice against bullying and harassment of GLBT youth. Here's hoping other auto companies follow suit!
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        artandcolour2010
        • 3 Years Ago
        easyrider should probably study spelling, grammar, and punctuation before he starts spewing hate.
        MOD and ANGRY
        • 3 Years Ago
        Dude, seriously, I got picked on a lot in high school. But the worst guy took it to a weird level, and I always suspected he was actually gay himself. It's called internalized homophobia. I bet you're gay...
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          @MOD and ANGRY
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        A_Guy
        • 3 Years Ago
        LOL. This comment made my face red from EPIC FACEPALM.
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      Hampton
      • 3 Years Ago
      I came out of homosexuality. The homosexual lifestyle doesn't 'get better',as You enter it and buy the rhetoric You become more militant and confused. Now gay activists are trying to remake society to appeal to their comfort level using every kind of tactic You can imagine but the truth. Homosexuality is propelled by unresolved stored up emotional pain which is held in by lies which tamper with a person's identity. There are many of us "ex gays" out here but the gay activists are censoring our voices. The media is running scared and people are being deceived.
        reattadudes
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Hampton
        so tell me, Hampton, what success do you think I would have trying to turn some of my straight buddies gay? it would work about as well as trying the opposite. what's so comical about any of these "ex-gay" groups is they NEVER say "the gay goes away"; they brag about repressing it. so guys like you get married, have kids, and still have an incredible emptiness inside. you end up hating yourself and everyone around you. since the "pray the gay away" never actually works, you end up either divorcing the wife, and creating a whole bunch of unhappy lives, or get caught in some pathetic restroom encounter like former Senator Larry Craig. your lying about that success rate; going thru the motions of being heterosexual does not a heterosexual make. have a look at those "success rates" after five and ten years; the numbers are way less than 10 percent, and that's even questionable. just ask Ted Haggard. even he admits the desire to be with a man is ALWAYS there; he just tries to repress it. how totally pathetic. if you choose to be self-hating and self-loathing, don't expect the world to follow. being gay is just as much of a predetermined genetic disposition as having red hair. you can hate the red hair, and you can dye it; but it's still red hair underneath.
          adb
          • 3 Years Ago
          @reattadudes
          @Hampton: "Character assassination"? Sorry, but you started with the personal attacks when you said the feelings I have for my partner of ten years--longer, by the way, than allegedly 'sacred' marriages of either Britney Spears or Newt Gingrich, among others--are "propelled by unresolved stored up emotional pain which is held in by lies which tamper with a person's identity." How dare you project your insecurities on others. And it's not "politically correct" to "demonize people who have come out of homosexuality"; it's correct to believe what's been stated by professionals--the American Psychological Association, among others--that "ex-gay" therapy is a crock. I have a very clear understanding of the "condition", thank you very much. And I didn't see @reattadudes "whining" about anything--all I saw was your whining about being the victim and seeing threats of violence where none exist.
          Hampton
          • 3 Years Ago
          @reattadudes
          Your attempt at character assassination puts You in the same league as the people who bully youth who are struggling with their identity. You are not tolerant and You do not accept diversity. I guess I won't be getting an apology because it seems it's politically correct for You to demonize people who have come out of homosexuality. You have absolutely no understanding of the condition.Enjoy Your ignorance This is why no one hears about freedom from homosexuality.Fear of people like You . You whine incessantly about how painful it is to be gay yet You deprive those who are struggling off the option to become free and live in their true heterosexual identity. One day people like You will probably come to beat down my door and beat me senseless. That's what You want.Admit it. It's called homofascism
          Hampton
          • 3 Years Ago
          @reattadudes
          By the way .There is NO GENE fro homosexuality.You're misinformed. They'll never find it because it's not there! Prove Me wrong.
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        @Hampton
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        reattadudes
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Hampton
        sounds like you quite delusional. every kid goes thru issues in high school; it's just worse for a lot of gay kids. the whole point of this post is to have WELL ADJUSTED gay people speak from the heart about their lives, and help these teens who are having problems. painful to be gay?? I wouldn't trade my life for the world! in case you didn't know, homosexuality is no new invention. it's been around since the dawn of time, and is present in animals, too. many civilizations like Native American and Polynesian cultures considered being gay to be a god-given gift, and were considered to be seers, many times held in reverence only second to the chief. of course, all that changed when the missionaries showed up, and crushed the cultures. there have been many studies about the causes of homosexuality, and it has been determined that gay men's brains are wired differently. a good friend of mine spent six months in a study at Johns Hopkins University, along with his three brothers; all were gay. when the study was completed two years later, they received copies of the studies, along with x-rays of their brains, clearly showing the difference compared to a heterosexual male. the doctor's report clearly stated the differences were caused by genetics. I must say your comments about my "not understanding the condition" made me smile from ear to ear (I don't "LOL"). let's see....I'm 57 years old, I've been out since I was 19, been in a monogamous relationship for over 27 years. if I don't "understand the condition" after 37 years, I guess I might as well hang it up :) I wouldn't "threaten" anyone, and am by nature quite non-violent. I have no desire to "beat down your door, and beat you senseless". your real misery is the one you mentally put yourself thru every day, and one you do quite willingly. there's a clock in your head that keeps going.."tick-tock", "tick-tock". that clock is ticking off one less minute you have here in earth; it ticks for all of us. I prefer to live every minute of my life to the fullest, completely content, loving and being loved, and completely happy with my life, not depriving myself of who I really am.
          Hampton
          • 3 Years Ago
          @reattadudes
          I'm not "delusional" as you say. Gay men's brains are not wired differently because of genetics.They are different because portions of them are not being used.which is true of addiction. There is no gay gene. When I was coming out of homosexuality parts of my mind that were dormant are now being used. Homosexuality is delusion.I am in reality. I am not repressing anything if that's what You mean by "tick,tick" .My repressed issues that kept me in homosexuality have been worked out of me so I am at peace and happier than ever.
        HollywoodF1
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Hampton
        You are personally aware that being gay is not a choice, but repression is. All of the ex-gay groups do the same thing: training. And they say this explicitly: if you are not happy being gay, you can learn behaviors to emplement and behaviors to discontinue so that you appear straight and lead a straight-like lifestyle. There are many instances where people may feel social pressure to engage in behavior that they don't subscribe to deep-down. Not everyone has the strength to go contrary to the norm, and they take the weight on themselves to put on the show for others. I believe in personal liberty. This concept means that I let you live your life your way, and you let me live mine my way. We may talk about differences, but we do not harm one another. Therefore, I support your right to repress your homosexuality. I would not attack you, I would not look down upon you. It is your life, and you should lead it as you see fit. This is your privilige of liberty. Your responsibility of liberty it to acknowledge the right of others to lead their lives. You must acknowledge that there are more gays like yourself who chose not to repress their behavior, and their voice will be louder. They themselves are a minority group, and will be vocal. Do not take this as a threat of violence. A quick note on the use of Fascism terminoligy (from your post below): It's a political system that existed on the opposing side durring WWII, and therefore the word itself is villified in America. But what does it mean? In general, it is a government that operates large businesses and generates a profit as a result. Examples of Fascism in the United States include the US Postal Service, the US Mint, and state-run liquor stores, and public utilities. GIven your use of the term, it seems you didn't know this; since, when you said "homofascism", it did not seem that you meant that they wanted to form a gay government that operates for-profit enterprises.
      Jbriz
      • 3 Years Ago
      Being a car enthusiast that also happens to be gay, I applaud this site for having this article on the blog. As for those in the comments that say through prayer and counseling, the gay can go away, are clearly ignorant on the subject. tTying to change something that is inherent and biological only causes these teens to suffer from depression and self loathe instead of accepting and loving who they are. Kudos to GM.
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        emperor koku
        • 3 Years Ago
        LGBT youth are disproportionately victims of bullying, harassment, and suicide. That's why.
        mcdonaldtyler
        • 3 Years Ago
        I have never heard of anyone getting bullied for being straight...
          adb
          • 3 Years Ago
          @mcdonaldtyler
          @Kelly: Seriously? I think what you meant to say was, "I've heard of people who have been criticized for suggesting gays be brainwashed, jailed, or denied basic rights on an internet forum." For the record, "pro-gay" doesn't mean "anti-straight" (frankly, you can do what you want in your bedroom, because I'd rather not know the gory details), but it is nearly a universal constant that "pro-straight"="anti-gay".
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          @mcdonaldtyler
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          @mcdonaldtyler
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        John S
        • 3 Years Ago
        Some of us think more of the people we like/love than whether they are just someone we "rub genetalia" with. ugh.
        dougs2k
        • 3 Years Ago
        Because there is no "hate" against people who "prefer to rub their genitalia" against a member of the opposite sex. There's no stigma to being straight and there is never an issue when you bring someone home of the opposite sex as your significant other. So why would you need a commercial for your preferences which are essentially condoned and celebrated? Use a little common sense when you ask such questions.
        A_Guy
        • 3 Years Ago
        This is one of those comments where it's clear how ignorant the person is yet they think they're so clever and have it all figured out. Rubbing genitalia? Really? :\
        reattadudes
        • 3 Years Ago
        well, considering the fact you've mentioned "rubbing your genitalia" three times in only one paragraph would lead me to believe you have some issue with gay people. as a gay man myself, I fail to understand your comments about "choice". are you saying I just tossed a coin one day, and decided I like boys better? that makes about as much sense as someone deciding they wanted to be Hispanic, or have blue eyes. did you toss a coin one day, and decide you "wanted to rub your genitalia" against girls? I think not; that decision was already predisposed, just like mine to other boys. you most likely were one of those bullies many of us had to contend with in school, as though whatever choices you made in life should apply to everyone, and anyone not like you was wrong. in case you didn't know, the crux of this whole subject deals with the subject of gay teen suicide, whose numbers are horrific. all of these adults who are in the video (and others from other companies) are sharing their wonderful, loving lives with these troubled young people, letting them know "it does get better". as a heterosexual, you have many role models, and people you can go to with relationship problems. gay people generally have none, especially teens. if you work with other people, it's just natural that you share information about your personal life with those you work with. try being gay, and doing that. it's a subject many gay people avoid at all costs. someone in management who doesn't like you could easily fire you, or make sure you miss a promotion you're qualified for, which is quite common. in most states, gay people have no legal grounds to contest this, unlike you as a heterosexual. as far as "your GM TV commercial" goes, I believe it's every single one. let me know when you see a GM commercial (or one from any other automaker) that has a gay-themed ad on national American television.
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        Synthono
        • 3 Years Ago
        Ideally, nobody would care about someone's preference for "what they rub their genitals against." In a perfect world, the only time people give a crap about sexual preference is if they want to get into an intimate relationship with another person. But, of course, that's not the case, and many people are bullied because of who they find attractive. Gay people would love it if nobody would persecute them just for who they are attracted to. Unfortunately, especially for teens, that persecution is real and thus these campaigns are necessary.
        HollywoodF1
        • 3 Years Ago
        If you really want to understand, try this sympathy experiment. With your best guy friend, spend a day together holding hands in public, feed each other in a restaurant, sit with your arm around him at a baseball game. Do all the little things that straights let each other do in public. Imagine doing this in high school. How do you suppose that's would go? It's not about humping. It's about being told that youre only okay if you pretend to be something you're not. The concepts of sexual orientation and gender identity do not have minor sociologic consequences. These are profound concepts that deeply effect your life, self-concept, and daily interactions. It is a serious fallacy to assume that sexual orientation begins and ends with sex, and believing such a statement demonstrates the very depth of ignorance that LGBT individuals are forced to battle against. The "It Gets Better" campaign is not about sodomy laws (which include straight ******** incidentally), it's about telling kids that cruelty from other kids is the problem of those other kids, and not their own problem. For many kids, this is the difference between happiness and suicide. As it was for my uncle Donald Paul Yates, who committed suicide for being gay by hanging himself from the garage rafters at age 14. His tragic loss, and that of others, is what the "It Gets Better" campaign is all about.
      lne937s
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm not typically the biggest GM fan, but they are doing the right thing here and deserve credit. More corporations should step up.
      Carlos Cruz
      • 3 Years Ago
      "the American Family Association began a two-year-long boycott of Ford" that is just ridiculous. Every time people from the right wing say "Gay marriage is going to destroy this country" or they start to complain about how this will "destroy the sanctity of marriage" I think, why? If you do not like gay marriage then dont get married to someone of your own sex, otherwise leave the others alone. Why should the "small government" right wingers want to have the government dictate who I can marry, or have in my bedroom. People do not need to be accepting, you get to choose your friends and your partner, but dont prevent others from happiness. (That was even covered in the constitution)
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        @Carlos Cruz
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          mcdonaldtyler
          • 3 Years Ago
          I don't see any politician supporting gay marriage, not because they personally believe it's wrong, but because of voters. They would need to start with unions and move from there, very slowly to insure not to piss people off.
          Carlos Cruz
          • 3 Years Ago
          I stand corrected: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/06/22/anderson-cooper-obama-gay-marriage_n_882075.html
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          Carlos Cruz
          • 3 Years Ago
          While thats a little hard to believe (the man did make a video for the project, and stopped defending DOMA, and got rid of Dont ask, dont tell), I'll give you the benefit of the doubt and research it. At the end of the day though, most of the hate is coming from the right. The left is a mixed bag. There are those who dont support the cause. Some who are afraid of what their district would do if they would do something to help the LGBTs. Most of all, we have politicians that do support the cause, but simply give up when the right starts to come at them.
      artandcolour2010
      • 3 Years Ago
      A very worthy project begun by Dan Savage. It has grown beyond anyone's wildest expectations. It's an important message for young people to hear at a time in their lives they don't have adult coping skills, and suicide seems a valid choice rather than a life of being bullied or bashed. But personally, I have my doubts some days that it is indeed "getting better" as I see several well-funded organizations in the USA whose sole function is to deny equal civil rights to LGBTs.
        sudo_do
        • 3 Years Ago
        @artandcolour2010
        True, but the good has to start somewhere, and civil rights have come a long way. I think one day our grandchildren will look back at the atrocities committed against LGBT people the same way the majority of us have come to view how black people were treated in the yesteryears.
      Stix
      • 3 Years Ago
      I never understood all the hatred for homosexual people here in this country. Why do some people turn into raging morons when the issue of LGBT rights gets brought up? Why would somebody get offended over someone's sexual orientation not matching society's standard? And why are some people arguing over denying LGBT people the same rights that heterosexual people have? Hat's off to GM for doing this.
      Evan Hayden
      • 3 Years Ago
      Big respect for GM for this video, and to Autoblog for this post. It's baffling to me that LGBT issues are still controversial to some people in this day and age, but I'm glad things like the "It Gets Better" project exist for people who could benefit from it.
        Renaurd
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Evan Hayden
        Especially since there are gay members in every family. Just because they are not out publicly, doesn't mean they do not have gay lives, these people are hurt when family members make disparaging remarks out of homophobic ignorance. Gays aren't in someones else's family, they are in every family. Thanks to GM for their support to gays, and thanks to Autoblog for posting this important message.
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