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  • President Obama: Like all of you, I was shocked and saddened by the deaths of

  • several young people who were bullied and taunted for being

  • gay and who ultimately took their own lives.

  • As a parent of two daughters, it breaks my heart.

  • It's something that just shouldn't happen

  • in this country.

  • Now we've got to dispel this myth that bullying is just a

  • normal rite of passage, that it's some inevitable

  • part of growing up.

  • It's not.

  • We have an obligation to ensure that our schools are safe for

  • all of our kids.

  • And to every young person out there,

  • you need to know that if you're in trouble,

  • there are caring adults who can help.

  • I don't know what it's like to be picked on for being gay,

  • but I do know what it's like to grow up feeling that sometimes

  • you don't belong.

  • It's tough.

  • And for a lot of kids the sense of being alone or apart,

  • I know it can just wear on you.

  • And when you're teased or bullied it can seem like somehow

  • you have brought it on yourself for being different or for not

  • fitting in with everybody else.

  • But what I want to say is this: You are not alone,

  • you didn't do anything wrong, you didn't do anything to

  • deserve being bullied, and there's a whole world waiting

  • for you filled with possibilities.

  • There are people out there that love you and care about you just

  • the way you are.

  • And so, if you ever feel like because of bullying,

  • because of what people are saying,

  • that you are getting down on yourself,

  • you've got to make sure to reach out to people you trust;

  • whether it's your parents, teachers,

  • or folks that you know care about you just the way you are.

  • You've got to reach out to them.

  • Don't feel like you are in this by yourself.

  • The other thing you need to know is things will get better,

  • and more than that, with time you are going to see that your

  • differences are a source of pride and a source of strength.

  • You'll look back on the struggles you've faced with

  • compassion and wisdom, and that's not just going to

  • serve you, but it'll help you get involved and make

  • this country a better place.

  • It will mean that you'll be more likely to help fight

  • discrimination, not just against LGBT Americans but

  • discrimination in all its forms.

  • It means you'll be more likely to understand personally and

  • deeply why it's so important that as adults we set an example

  • in our own lives and that we treat everybody with respect,

  • that we are able to see the world through other people's

  • eyes and stand in their shoes, that we never lose sight of

  • what binds us together.

  • As a nation, we're founded on the belief that all of us are

  • equal and each of us deserves the freedom to pursue our own

  • version of happiness, to make the most of our talents,

  • to speak our minds, to not fit in; most of all,

  • to be true to ourselves.

  • That's the freedom that enriches all of us.

  • That's what America is all about,

  • and every day it gets better.

President Obama: Like all of you, I was shocked and saddened by the deaths of

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President Obama: It Gets Better

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    Furong Lai posted on 2012/11/30
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