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This is maybe the most powerful "It Gets Better" video that exists. Joel Burns is from a small Texas town, son of an actual cowboy, and a current Ft. Worth city councilman. This guy is absolutely heartbreakingly awesome and I wish I lived one town over so I could vote for him on his next election. And he gets a standing ovation, too. In Ft. Worth (cow town, for those not familiar.) Texas.



Spread this one around, it's some powerful stuff.

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rocketlaunching
Oct. 13th, 2010 11:13 pm (UTC)
Ahhh, I just saw this on Gawker and knew it would end up here. One of the best "it gets better" stories I've seen. (Not best, but you know what I mean)

(OT: but those short ribs were MOTHER-EFFING DELICIOUS. You's a genius Stoney.)
spazmodic
Oct. 13th, 2010 11:35 pm (UTC)
thank you for posting this
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mockingbirdq
Oct. 13th, 2010 11:54 pm (UTC)
As a Fort Worthian (is that even a word ;) thank you for sharing this. I'm passing it around to everyone I know on facebook...
lynnenne
Oct. 13th, 2010 11:56 pm (UTC)
I'm bawling my eyes out. Thanks for posting this.
brunettepet
Oct. 14th, 2010 12:11 am (UTC)
Now I'm crying. Thanks for sharing this.
enigmaticblues
Oct. 14th, 2010 12:17 am (UTC)
Wow. That was...wow. I'm speechless.
windstar
Oct. 14th, 2010 12:21 am (UTC)
Thank you so much for sharing this. It is a powerful statement.
meridius
Oct. 14th, 2010 12:28 am (UTC)
Im passing it along as well.
bdbdb
Oct. 14th, 2010 12:36 am (UTC)
Powerful stuff... Thank you for sharing it.
fiercy
Oct. 14th, 2010 12:37 am (UTC)
Thank you.
flaming_muse
Oct. 14th, 2010 12:47 am (UTC)
So awesome.
altyronsmaker
Oct. 14th, 2010 12:52 am (UTC)
And teacher! (in re your subject line)

Thanks for sharing this one Stoney. I'm sitting here, mascara running down my face. Great, powerful words from someone who's been there. I hope this reaches everyone who needs to hear it and that it gives them some hope.

ann1962
Oct. 14th, 2010 12:52 am (UTC)
Oh man. Thank you for posting this.
darksideofstorm
Oct. 14th, 2010 12:54 am (UTC)
Signal boosted. And oh man, I'm entirely choked up.
dovil
Oct. 14th, 2010 01:01 am (UTC)
I can't watch it. But I'm crying any way. Just so I can belong.
veracity
Oct. 14th, 2010 01:05 am (UTC)
Oh, god. I was crying during and I'm still crying after. Because above everything he didn't say is the things he didn't or couldn't. Because it was that was difficult and that private and he still tried. And gah. Just. So. Yeah.

That is a man that is implementing change. Not by being in politics, but opening himself up to help anyone that needs it, including giving information. He makes my heart heavy and light at the same time.
echelonokie
Oct. 14th, 2010 01:13 am (UTC)
Today there was a 4.5 earthquake in Oklahoma. This state, if it does have earthquakes are so minor that they're NEVER felt. This one was felt for well over 150 miles.

The epicenter of the quake? Norman, Oklahoma. Coincidence? Maybe, maybe not.

Hate is the disease; acceptance is the cure. We're not born hating, that has to be taught. What will you teach your children today?
siapom
Oct. 14th, 2010 01:15 am (UTC)
Thank you so much for sharing. He is an incredibly brave and caring man, and his is a story that too many young people experience but don't ever talk about.
ponders_life
Oct. 14th, 2010 01:43 am (UTC)
I'm totally verklempt now. Thanks for sharing!
kita0610
Oct. 14th, 2010 01:52 am (UTC)
Oh holy shit, Stoney.

Thanks for sharing this. I sort of wanna call the guy and just- hug him over the phone.
tinkerbell86ca
Oct. 14th, 2010 04:12 pm (UTC)
I wanna do the same thing, he just seems so gosh darn nice! I also have an urge to bake him cookies.
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captainofidiots
Oct. 14th, 2010 03:17 am (UTC)
I've been seeing this one all over the place, and that makes me so incredibly happy and sad all at once. Such a powerful video. I'm grateful he told his story, because there are so many who need to hear it.
supremegoddess1
Oct. 14th, 2010 03:50 am (UTC)
This one was amazing, you're right. Thank you for sharing it.
redbrickrose
Oct. 14th, 2010 04:31 am (UTC)
That video is wonderful. Thanks for sharing.
txvoodoo
Oct. 14th, 2010 04:35 am (UTC)
Can I repost this, w/ your text quoted?

stoney321
Oct. 14th, 2010 11:51 am (UTC)
That's why I have "spread this one around" at the bottom, sugar beet!
bitchygrrl
Oct. 14th, 2010 05:55 am (UTC)
This quite possibly one the most generous and genuine acts of courage I have ever seen. To speak something so painful to help someone else he is an awesome man.
poshcat
Oct. 14th, 2010 06:47 am (UTC)
I'm totally overwhelmed with emotion right now. I don't know how anyone could hear that story and not be moved. I'm feeling a lot more hopeful for humankind tonight. Thanks so much for sharing the video with us, sweets.
kseenaa
Oct. 14th, 2010 08:23 am (UTC)
Wow... o.O Just wow...
mumsisdaughter
Oct. 14th, 2010 10:02 am (UTC)
He is what a politician should be. Not only does he express his despair at the young lives lost, he opens himself to those who need support. Thank you so much for posting.
semby
Oct. 14th, 2010 11:43 am (UTC)
This had me bawling my eyes out. I really hope the message gets across to those who need it.
maybe1ce
Oct. 14th, 2010 01:50 pm (UTC)
Damn it, Stoney, you made me cry.

I can't stop watching these videos. So important, so wonderful, so heartbreaking...

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oatmellow
Oct. 14th, 2010 02:29 pm (UTC)
that's one of the most powerful things I've ever watched and I'm now sitting in my office crying like a baby.

I'm going to repost. Thanks for sharing. Amazing.
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xochitl42
Oct. 15th, 2010 02:46 am (UTC)
Left me in tears. I'd move to FW just to have the privilege of voting for him.
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Reading this? I'm just curious. Because that's really detail-oriented of you. Feel free to stop reading. But you can see that there's more here, so are you going to keep reading? Really? That's pretty dedicated. I'm impressed. No, really. I'm not being sarcastic, why do you get like that? See, this is the problem I have with your mother - yes. YES. I'm going there. It's time we put all of our cards on the table.

I love you, why are you doing this? After all we've been through? You don't have to be like this. You know, still reading. You could be baking a pie. And then sharing it with me.

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