Gifted Kids: It Gets Better

Chances are you've seen on of the "It gets better" videos. After the suicides of several gay and lesbian teens, relationship and sex columnist Dan Savage posted a YouTube video to send a message to GLBT teens that despite a tumultuous, frustrating and perhaps closeted adolescence, life gets better.

Dan's video launched a movement, the It Gets Better Project.

From the site:

Growing up isn’t easy. Many young people face daily tormenting and bullying, leading them to feel like they have nowhere to turn. This is especially true for LGBT kids and teens, who often hide their sexuality for fear of bullying.

I've long wondered, "What if you substituted 'gifted' for "LGBT' and 'giftedness' for 'sexuality'?"

It could happen, right? I certainly know gifted kids who get taunted for their quirks and smarts, gifted kids who shut down or rebel rather than apply themselves for fear of being taunted or socially ostracized.

The Its Gets Better videos spurred me on to start the "When Geeks Grow Up" series (which admittedly has been eclipsed, for now, by my not-ready-for HGTV house hunting series). In WGGU, I highlight the now cool career of someone who grew up geek.

But I digress.

I'm not the only one to argue that adolescence is one big hormonal, physical, sexual and psychological mess for, oh, pretty much everyone. Why the big deal for GLBT kids?

So when I caught Dan Savage on the Colbert Report a while back, this grabbed me. Colbert asks that same question. Savage responds by, well, watch the clip to see and let me know what you think.

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