Alex Blaze

Michael Bloomberg: It Gets Better, if you're rich

Filed By Alex Blaze | January 05, 2011 1:00 PM | comments

Filed in: The Movement
Tags: bullying, it gets better, LGBT, LGBT homeless, LGBT youth, project, queer, suicide

Want to see an It Gets Better video from a complete tool? This could be the first one I've seen that plays the issues of homophobic bullying against queer youth homelessness against one another:

"Always be ongoing"? "I know life can be hard and painful, but life can also be wonderful"? Who wrote that drivel, Glenn Beck?

Anyway, this is a great way to see how queers get pitted one against another, how someone who really doesn't give a fuck about LGBT people will hop on a bandwagon and try to spit-polish his record. Will it work?

Just one month before the uber-rich New Yorker took to YouTube to tell all the little LGBT people stuck in God-forsaken, non-NYC places (Austin, Texas? I'd only go there to spit on people!) to move to New York, he announced a plan to completely cut city money from the meager services for LGBT queer youth. Here's what Carl Siciliano of the Ali Forney Center thinks of that video:

Two days after slashing support to homeless youth programs in New York City, Mayor Bloomberg has the gall to release a video telling LGBT youth that 'It Gets Better.' Mayor Bloomberg, your cruel and reckless cuts to the meager support system for homeless LGBT youth in New York City just made things for them much worse! On January 1st, Bloomberg cut support for outreach to homeless youth in half, cut most drop-in centers for homeless youth by a third, and cut support for the two LGBT homeless youth drop-in programs in half. In New York City there are over 1,000 LGBT youth suffering on the streets every night without access to safe shelter. The drop-in centers and outreach are their only support. Homeless LGBT youth are at incredible risk of suicide with 62% reporting that they have considered or attempted suicide.

The LGBT community needs to recognize these cuts as an attack against our most vulnerable youth, and against us as a whole. We pay just as much taxes as anyone, and there are far too few City-funded programs that support our most vulnerable youth. If we can be treated like this in a city with as strong an community as NYC, how will our youth ever get their fair share of the resources they need and deserve? I cannot speak strongly enough about what a horror it is to have LGBT youth who have been discarded by homophobic parents flock to us for help, and to have to counsel them to sleep in the subways because there are not nearly enough beds for them.

Have we seen such blatant butt-kissing of LGBT people in front of the camera coupled with simultaneous butt-kicking of poor LGBT people off-camera before?

It's just weird that he'd invite people to live in New York and force them to be homeless. When I invite people to my place, I don't say, "Come on over! You'll have to sleep in the street, but I'd really like to have you!"

Unless he was just hoping that the queer kids kicked out of their parents' homes wouldn't have access to YouTube, perhaps he should have wondered about which segment of the LGBT youth population is likely to have the highest suicide rate.


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I'm so glad this guy is on his way out. However, I wouldn't take it so personally, as his equally "cruel and reckless" cuts to the Sanitation Department are the reason why an otherwise non-serious blizzard turned into a fucking disaster that just about shut the city down.

Patricia Harlow Patricia Harlow | January 5, 2011 3:58 PM

Didn't hear anything about Austin, TX in the video so I'm assuming the text is the author's views on Austin. >> "(Austin, Texas? I'd only go there to spit on people!)"

Was that a joke? If so I do not get it.

So sorry you feel you would only come to Austin to spit on us. Apparently you are not aware of the oasis in the middle of a cultural desert that is Austin. Austin not only is one of the outright COOLEST cities I've ever been to in the USA, it's extremely progressive and more LGBT friendly than most places in the USA.

Say what you want about Austin, but to put us down and spit on us shows only your ignorance. Have fun in whatever non-Austin city you live in, laters!

"When I look out there it makes me glad I'm not you!"
~GLaDOS

Was that a joke? If so I do not get it.

Here's the 10th richest person in the US saying that the very reason it gets better is that gay people move to NYC. The implication I got was that is sucks to be gay elsewhere, even in noted gay-friendly-but-not-NYC places like Austin, Texas.

It's also a Family Guy reference.

Patricia Harlow Patricia Harlow | January 5, 2011 4:47 PM

Ahh, thanks for clearing that up! :)

Austin is indeed cool, in fact it is the "live performance capital of the world."

That has to be true. It was on PBS.

friday jones | January 5, 2011 8:43 PM

You can't say "Ostentatious" without saying "Austen!" :D

Kooper Knebel | January 6, 2011 8:04 AM

I am interning with a Chicago organization that provides support and services to LGBTQ youth, many of whom have no stable housing. I'm particularly interested in suicide prevention. Can you tell me what study the 62% figure for attempted suicide among homeless queer youth came from? I would like to read it in advance of a presentation I'm planning to give. The lack of funding and available beds for homeless youth is also a serious problem in Chicago.

am interning with a Chicago organization that provides support and services to LGBTQ youth, many of whom have no stable housing. I'm particularly interested in suicide prevention. Can you tell me what study the 62% figure for attempted suicide among homeless queer youth came from? I would like to read it in advance of a presentation I'm planning to give. The lack of funding and available beds for homeless youth is also a serious problem in Chicago.

http://www.nationalhomeless.org/factsheets/lgbtq.html