In reference to the It Gets Better Project, one person with a vision did make a difference by creating a social media storm of volunteers from the LGBTQ & Allied community. Volunteers shared personal “coming out” stories, words of encouragement, and support from straight allies. By using social media and YouTube, countless volunteers took the risk of coming out and standing up for all the world to discover a powerful support for the LGBTQ community. In sharing and being vulnerable to backlash from the opposition, those who took risks (read: stepped outside their comfort zone) did so to encourage LGBTQ youth. Why encourage complete strangers at the risk of becoming vulnerable to backlash? At the time Dan Savage initiated It Gets Better Project, there had been an increase in LGBTQ youth suicides – partly due to the negative effects of homophobia and lack of hope for a happy future.
All LGBTQ advocacy groups serve specific needs of our community. By networking and joining forces, we minimize the possibility of losing amazingly wonderful young people to suicide. It Gets Better Project does not promote or advocate for LGBTQ individuals who practice a personal faith, spirituality, religion, or belief system. Obviously, this does not affect the importance and need for the Project to exist. Yet, there exists a need for similar projects serving individuals who practice some sort of belief system.
Available to LGBTQ individuals of faith are various organizations and websites. Each serves a specific need: some are social, informative, promoting advocacy, or attentive to the needs of individual groups within the LGBTQ community. Our site Rainbow Unbroken shares many qualities as the other sites already fully functioning and reaching a large audience. While community and networking are vitally important so that no one falls through the cracks, one of our goals is to work alongside of those established organizations and websites.
In addition to co-laboring with other resources for the LGBTQ & Allied Community, regardless of specific belief system, Rainbow Unbroken’s main focus is to be a safe place for everyone (LGBTQ, Allies, friends and family of LGBTQ, and those who oppose homosexuality / homosexual relationships in any form) to share stories, ask questions, learn from each other and from offsite resources, and to build bridges. While the Administrator of this site identifies as a Christian (Jesus-loving, Bible-believing, God-honoring, church-going type Christian), the door has been opened to be all-inclusive (i.e. ecumenical, inter-faith). The Administrator strongly believes in being true to self while being respectful to others who may have different beliefs. In the process of connecting with others of differing beliefs, the hope is to find common ground. On this site, implying, forcing, or encouraging those of differing beliefs to change to another belief system is strictly prohibited. Instead of debate, dialogue is encouraged.
So, how can one person make it better for those on the journey of reconciling life, faith, and sexuality? On this site are several options: