Sex columnist and It Gets Better creator Dan Savage stopped by The Colbert Report last night to discuss the merits of monogamy in marriage. Earlier this month in a New York Times Magazine profile, Dan argued that straight couples put too much weight on monogamy, which is problematic because many aren't very good at it. Stephen countered that if you don't have monogamy, a marriage is nothing more than a joint checking account. Dan went on to clarify his argument, explaining that if a couple agrees to monogamy, each spouse should honor that promise, but that we should be more realistic about what it takes for some to be sexually satisfied. Watch the two hash out the importance of only having sex with your spouse below.
Last year, celebrities gay and straight alike lent their voices of support to the "It Gets Better" project. They, along with non-celebs, made videos telling lesbian, gay, bi, trans and other bullied youth that as dire as the present may feel, you will find joy in your future. Sex advice columnist Dan Savage and his husband Terry Miller started the movement after a string of gay youth suicides made the headlines. Gay teens are four-times more likely to attempt suicide and 9 in 10 are harassed at school.
Over 10,000 videos were submitted, and this week Dan and Terry released a book companion, It Gets Better: Coming Out, Overcoming Bullying and Creating a Life Worth Living. It features essays from celebrities — like Ellen DeGeneres, Tim Gunn, David Sedaris, and Suze Orman — politicians, religious leaders, as well as everyday parents, adults, or youth right out of high school.
The book sounds like a must read for anyone who was moved by the video project, as well as people of any age looking for more advice and understanding about overcoming bullying.
You don't have to be popular in high school to become a star at Pixar. In fact, lots of the creative people making movies there weren't. For its own "It Gets Better" video, the studio's gay employees came together for this emotional show of support for LGBT teens. They open up about harassment and bullying experiences, the freedom they felt coming out, and how everyone, gay or straight, can strive to find a dream job, city, and partner. It's great to see a company that makes popular children films use its relevancy to reach out to marginalized young people. But the best thing about this video: it brings hope to anyone who's ever felt alone or left out.
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Celebrities from all over have been lending their voices of support to the "It Gets Better" project this week. From Ellen DeGeneres to the stars of The Vampire Diaries to Anne Hathaway and Tim Gunn, famous faces want to tell all victims of bullying that there is support out there and as dire as the situation may seem in high school, middle school, or wherever they are at the moment, the future is bright. Watch all the videos on the campaign's YouTube page and check out The Trevor Project for more information. We have a small message to send as well, so check it out on PopSugar Rush.