The program they're referring to, "It Gets Better" - I watched a video of one of them a while back, but didn't realize it was a Dept. of Justice program! Two men who had adopted a boy talked about their married life together. They were laughing, recounting how they met. One of them said to the other:
"You have a nice mouth."
The other one replied:
"The better to eat you with."
And then the two men giggled at the memory.
January 4th, 2011
Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division Tom Perez today joined students at
The event featured remarks from Assistant Attorney General Perez in which he discussed how bullying takes all shapes and forms and encouraged students to take an active role in combating bullying. He noted that in addition to bringing cases, we also need to address the attitudes and behavior that lead to bullying. AAG Perez also took questions from students and showed a video recently produced by Civil Rights Division staff as a submission to the “It Gets Better” Project. The project, started in the wake of a string of suicides of LGBT students who had been targeted with severe harassment, is an effort to let all students who are subjected to bullying and harassment, and particularly LGBT students, know that life will get better.
At the conclusion of the event, students had the opportunity to sign the “It Gets Better” pledge, which focuses on speaking up against hate and intolerance wherever it occurs and providing hope for all bullied teens by letting them know it gets better.
For its part, the Justice Department is committed to using its authority to combat harassment in schools, and has worked over the last year to do so.
In December, for example, the Division announced a settlement agreement with the
The settlement requires the District to take systemic action to reform its policies to address harassment and to curb future harassment of students. The agreement should serve as a model for other districts as they work to address and combat harassment in their schools.
In another recent case, the Civil Rights Division last year intervened in the case of an openly gay teenager from