Magazine article In These Times

Action Makes It Better

Magazine article In These Times

Action Makes It Better

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Action makes it better

It Gets Better: Coming Out, Overcoming Bullying and Creating a Life Worth Living (Dutton) is an anthology of coming out stories written by celebrities for LGBT teens and edited by sex advice columnist Dan Savage and his husband Terry Miller. The following selection comes from the essay by progressive LGBT activist and writer Urvashi Vaid.

The only reason big changes happen is when people like you and me decide to fight for things to change, when we take action to make things different. ... I got involved with queer activism, with lefty groups, with all the rabble-rousers and radicals working to end the AIDS epidemic, to create a fairer economy to win rights for Immigrants, to end wars and make the world more fun and sexy! What I found in social movements was a whole life that has given me hope, inspiration, friendships, and my lover Kate (of 23 years), whom I met at a queer conference. Social activism is all about optimism, even when you lose. …

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