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Apple employees post 'It Gets Better' video on YouTube

updated 10:55 pm EDT, Thu April 14, 2011

Company acknowledges, celebrates gay employees

Apple has become one of the latest and largest companies to join the It Gets Better campaign to discourage suicide by -- and bullying against -- gay, lesbian and trans-gendered youth. The video, posted on YouTube by "AppleEmployees" showcases a number of Apple employees who speak openly and often very emotionally about their own youthful struggles and how much better their lives have become since then.

A number of internet and tech companies have taken a leading public role in the campaign, which began in September of last year following an inspiration from columnist Dan Savage in reaction to the suicide of Billy Lucas. The site now features over 10,000 videos from individuals and organizations large and small, with contributions from all over the world.

The campaign has also branched out to deal with bullying and cyber-bullying beyond its original gay and lesbian audience. The project operates as a 501(c)3 charity and benefits The Trevor Project and The Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Project. A book based on the project and co-authored by Savage, featuring more than 100 essays from celebrities and young people, has recently been released.

Among the larger internet-related companies that have participated are Facebook, Twitter, Google, Adobe, Cisco Systems, Electronic Arts, Yahoo, Pixar, Microsoft, and LinkedIn. A number of arts organizations have also participated, along with colleges and gay organizations, the casts of various television and Broadway shows, politicians, the Democratic National Committee and even the White House staff, but direct video participation by mainstream companies outside the tech sphere is still fairly rare, though some contribute financially or in other ways to the organization.






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  1. DaJoNel

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -93

    Wow.

    The Apple I know creates excellent consumer products and provides award-winning customer care. What's this about supporting and even "celebrating" an odd minority who defies the natural order? Not cool, Cupertino. Oh, and how is this newsworthy/important?

  1. climacs

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    other things that defy the "natural order"

    heterosexuals having a.nal s** and oral s**
    s** for pleasure rather than procreation
    flying (if God had wanted us to fly, he would have given us wings)
    space exploration (if God had wanted us to be in outer space, he would have made it habitable)

  1. climacs

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +15

    yet more things that defy the "natural order"

    stem cell research
    test tube babies
    enabling the handicapped and elderly to fully participate in society along with fully able-bodied people (God made 'em blind/deaf/handicapped, who are we to question his ways? They probably did something to p.iss off God and he made them that way anyway)
    showing compassion towards the poor and disadvantaged (Jesus said we will always have the poor with us, so f ck 'em)

  1. aardman

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +38

    Hats off

    to the speakers who shared their stories in the video.

  1. MyRightEye

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    Whoever is voting down climacs

    Try getting an education. Please. You're worse than the DaJoNels of the world.

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  1. bigcraig01

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -42

    Perhaps A Bit More Insight...

    Okay guys, there is nothing wrong with being homo-emotional or homo-social... Nor is there anything wrong in defining that masculinity is a beatiful thing as long as we are able to separate our emotional from our sexual thrill and are able to define ourselves as being representatives of that same masculine beauty, regardless of whether we feel it or not... Don't worship others masculine beauty before your own and don't nit-pick your image to theres... Do not define youself by worldy standards, because you'll keep chasing an illusion you'll never find fullfilling... Define yourself in Gods eyes... You are perfect in yourself the way you were created, regardless of how you feel... When you can emotionally define yourself as having the same masculine beauty as Taylor Lautner maintains, you have it made... No guy wanted to be g**... Look at the images of another man and don't be afraid to define his physical beauty as being the same as yours, without nit-picking yours to theres... There's nothing wrong, shameful or fearfull about doing this... How would God define his creation of masculine beauty? Then accept that exact same definition unto yourself, verbally... You need to understand that the difference you define for yourself and the fear of loving another mans physicality is causing the separation between your masculinity and theirs... And that separation is preventing the gender affirmation distance and that distance is causing the erotic thrill... Also, think with the brain above your shoulder... Not with brain two... If you do this while thinking with brain two you'll keep going around in circles in brain one... The emotional should define the sexual thrill... The sexual thrill should never define the emotional.. When the emotional is dealt with and the thrill is under control, you will make headway... If you accept this, it will take the edge way... Defining yourself as g**, straight or bi does not help your case emotionally.. I define myself as a beloved son of a creator that does exist... Do not fear the viewing of the masculine image... Rejoyce, be proud and encompass your masculine image, just like in pride parade's except with an emphasis on the emotional acceptance of the masculine image... Not the extreme physical touch of the masculine image... Submit to Godly men emotinally and be accountable to them... Bebroken.com is a good place to start... God does loves everyone, but he is just in his righteousness.

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  1. bigcraig01

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -40

    Born This Way? Really??? Are you sure?

    Gaga is right...

    You were born this way homo-socially.
    You were born this way homo-emotionally.
    You were born this way desiring masculine touch... (Hugs and over shoulder arm embraces, kisses on cheek or for-head, from a father figure or peers.)

    She just isn't right in implying we were born homo-sexually... We allowed our insecurities to do that to us... God is stable ground to believe in and in him we find our security to love ourselves and others... The world of Glee and Gaga is NOT!

    So now I can safely say I'm on the right track baby, I was born this way! In God's eyes... Not the worlds (Glee's/Hollow-woods) and definitely not Satan's who's voice is Glee and Gaga and everybody at "It Get's Better". If you think Satan's in h***, his chain is too long...

    The God of Abraham, Issac and Jacob (the h***-fire and brimstone God through Jesus) does love you and in him, IT TRUELY DOES GET BETTER!

  1. felipeb

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +14

    @bigcraig01

    How naive. So heterosexuals embrace a woman's beauty before their own?
    Is that what sexuality is all about ?
    Sexuality does not equal thrill and certainly does not equal worshiping anybody.
    Sexuality is one's unalienable identity.
    Your sexual identity influences how you behave, how you act in public, who you associate with, who you are attracted to, etc. It is who you are.

    Homosexuals do not have to "define themselves in God's eyes" because God defined them as homosexuals for them. Anybody who thinks homosexuality is unnatural has not really taken a good look around nature. Homosexuality is all around nature. There are thousands of documented cases of homosexuality all over nature.

    Homosexuality is not about free will, it is not a decision, it is not a thrill. It is natural and is who they are.

  1. Salty

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -1

    Great Video

    Great video, I liked seeing the guy who's head of video production in it :)

    @bigcraig01
    I have to ask, are you g**? (I'm guessing you're not) If so, why do you feel that anyone who's g** should listen to you? It seems like you've made very little effort to get to know any g** people. Though I can see how it would be difficult for you to make friends with any of them, since I have a BA in Church Ministries and even I wouldn't want to spend time enough to give you insight into who I am if you were talking at me like that.
    Unfortunately you're arguing against including g** people in the Church out of two very non-Christian ways of thinking that have pervaded the evangelical Church.
    The first is that morality is defined in terms of darwinian evolution. This is where the whole Adam and Eve not Adam and Steve way of thinking comes from. (It's not actually the Bible, Genesis 1 in the Hebrew actually doesn't even assign gender to Adam until his rib is taken, before that he's non-gendered.) This assumes that God created us to procreate, not to love. Jesus on the other hand taught that love (now I'm not just talking eros so don't go misunderstanding me) was the greatest commandment, first for God and then for one's fellow man or woman. Sexual interaction between two people is a powerful way to live out God's command to love, in a unique and special way that you share with one person. The notion that all God intended from s** was that s**** should invade a v***** is to think God a very poor artist.
    The second non-traditional view is that it's wrong to be g**. You're probably thinking something along the lines of, "No, that's the traditional point of view!" The problem is that the Church existed for 1800 years before the notion of sexual orientation was even thought up. Back in the days when the Bible was written, there weren't the necessary words or concepts for a dialogue on the subject. It was assumed that all men liked having s** with women, anyone who did have s** with a man probably had a wife whom he was cheating on.
    This is why there aren't actually words in the Bible that mean g**, or "homosexual", the words that get mistranslated as such actually mean soft, or "man-bedder" (which Martin Luther thought meant men who m*********, more recent scholars have suggested that Paul was talking about men who engaged in violent or cruel s**).

    There's a VERY good documentary called "For the Bible Tells Me So," I highly recommend you watch it. (Especially since I don't plan on checking to see if you reply, since I'm saying my peace and walking away.) Otherwise a good book you could buy on Amazon for cheap is "Thou Shalt Not Love: What Evangelicals Really Say to g***" both are exceptional resources for someone who wants to show grace to g** people but who have been told all their life that they need to be far more cruel than Jesus taught.

    I wish you the best of luck as you move toward understanding what God truly expects of you :)

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  1. bigcraig01

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -14

    Nature?

    So what your saying is we don't have the ability to shape our own thoughts? And we can't control ourselves and actions? Why did we even create the words "responsibility and "accountability"? What is their purpose if everything that we accomplish is not defined within those two words?

    They should be strickend from the dictionary, I say!

    Good try though...

    Oh, um... If you mean nature as in animals doing things that seem homosexual, that is a display of domination... I am not an animal... I am above animals because I representative of a humanity that can build iPhones, iMacs and go to the moon... A beaver can build a damn and bird can build a nest... Tell me when they can build an iMac and integrate it with an Apple TV, iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch, Nano and Classic on top of running a successful App Store and then we'll negotiate nature...

    Cause I haven't seen anything but the human race accomplish this feat in nature...

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