1. It Gets Better! Cynthia in Minneapolis [5.50]
Gay:The video was of a women talking about her experience with being bisexual. She touched on an outcome of coming out that is very important.
Point of View: 13
Bisexual:I liked the surprise at the end that her husband is a trans man. I liked the unique touch of the cards she help up. She showed empowerment with her story of standing up against her parents.
Queer:Her point about GL discrimination against “B” was very accurate. It’s a positive, great story that definitely belongs in the toolkit.
Watch on YouTube: http://youtu.be/LCwKGEfn2Vk
Running Time: 3:38
2. Amber Hikes (I’m From Atlanta, GA) -True Bisexual Stories [5.43]
Lesbian: Amber gives a detailed rendition of how she came out to her mom and their relationship afterwards.
Point of View: 11
Lesbian:The video was very touching and heart warming. It gives a positive story that shows how supportive a family can be and how it can strengthen familial relationships. Amber was very honest and emotional which brought the video to a whole new level.
Queer: We think it is very important to include atypical videos with positive outcomes, and this one was especially poignant because her mother was so supportive. Her story belongs in the toolkit.
Watch on YouTube: http://youtu.be/0eTs7sQn5rI
Running Time: 5:12
3. Jon Young (I’m From Temple Hills, MD) -True LGBT Stories [5.26]
Ally: The video was about a bisexual male telling a story about his teenage life. He tells how close to death he was because of the bullying he was facing in school.
Point of View: 13
Queer:It was so raw and honest, and while the subject matter was graphic and hard to listen to, it was something that DEFINITELY needs to be said. It is strong and we know that he's coming from a real place and you know he meant it. This needs to be a resource in this toolkit.
Gay:We liked the slight graphic aspect of the video and how he openly talked about the day he almost committed suicide. In most of these videos the people who have attempted suicide don't go into detail. Since he does go into detail it could be more effective, making it a good candidate for the tool kit. Also he has a good message; Although he reached the suicide point he realized it wasn't the way which could be good for other kids, who may be suicidal, to see.
Watch on YouTube: http://youtu.be/PLlgw9XbkCE
Running Time: 2:56
4. It Gets Better - Seattle Bisexual [5.10]
Ally: The video was about a girl who was bullied at her school, so she kept moving to different schools. And later she realized that she was beautiful as is...
Point of View: 14
Gay:We liked the video because it seemed like the girl was really trying to connect to the audience. When she said to look in the mirror and tell yourself your beautiful that made the video a lot more powerful. The only bad thing about the video was the quality. She also posed that switching schools is an option if you feel overly bullied.
Lesbian:I liked the specifics she included about her experiences, because it make the video more relatable. She presented herself well, and was inspirational, saying everyone is beautiful and worthy of life.
Watch on YouTube: http://youtu.be/q27f2277p1I
Running Time: 3:43
5. It Gets Better - American Institute of Bisexuality [5.03]
Gay: The video was of various bisexuals describing how difficult it was for them to realize they were bisexual and their personal experiences.
Point of View: 13
Gay:The video had a very simple set up, which we liked because it helped the content/message of the video to come through more. The number of different people and different stories also helped make the video more powerful. They added in a place to call at the end for suicidal feelings, which is always a plus.
Lesbian:I liked the diversity of people included and how their stories differed slightly. It did a good job of exposing how lesbian and gay people sometimes have a hard time accepting it in addition to the normal homophobia.
Watch on YouTube: http://youtu.be/aGXCC9VCMF4
Running Time: 3:18
6. It Gets Better PSA Mike C Manning [4.63]
Queer: An openly bisexual actor and activist discusses bullying, suicide, and the oppression of politics and its relation to the LGBTQ community.
Point of View: 12
Queer:He was honest and his points were valid, but he seemed a little disorganized in the beginning until he found his rhythm. His point about oppressive politics and his enthusiasm were great. Also, his face was very aesthetically pleasing.
Lesbian:I liked how he addressed everyone in a community. He gave specific things for supporters or LGBTQ people to make everything more equal, and why it's important. Also, he encouraged friends and family to support their family members going through hard times, because even a simple encouraging statement can go far.
Watch on YouTube: http://youtu.be/GykNlto65nc
Running Time: 2:16
7. Tami Peterson, NUS LGBT Bi Rep- It Gets Better [4.46]
Lesbian: Tami Peterson tells her story about how she was always different and how people didn’t accept her. She ended with an uplifting message to all youth that are disheartened by their uniqueness.
Point of View: 14
Bisexual:Very true words, but with the slight ranting and repetition she lost our interest.
Lesbian:Her message was very inspiring, because she points out how eccentric and different people change the world. She says that **viewers**?? will accomplish great things. The quality wasn't perfect, but the thorough and amazing message made up for it.
Watch on YouTube: http://youtu.be/EtuDOcWwIts
Running Time: 4:57
8. Alan Cumming (I’m From Camoustie, Scotland, UK) -True Bisexual Stories [4.37]
Gay: The video was of Alan Cumming telling his experience with being bisexual and coming out on the cover of a magazine.
Point of View: 12.5
Ally:We liked how unique he was in coming out. But we didn't like how graphic it was because to some people it's a good message but a bad picture.
Gay:We liked that his coming out experience was him coming out through a magazine because it could possibly prompt other LGBTQ youth to be more brave in accepting or exposing their sexuality. The fact that he was Alan Cumming and his accent also made the video a lot more memorable.
9. It Gets Better F Dan Savage [4.17]
Queer:A man expresses his attitude and negative opinions about Dan Savage and [Savage’s] stance on bisexuality.
Point of View: 10
Ally:We liked how real he was in the video. He made valid points that made a lot of sense and Dan Savage should view this video if he hasn’t already.
Gay:I like this video because he points out that Dan's thoughts on bisexuality aren't conducive to his LGBTQ "It Gets Better Campaign". He came off as attacking Dan Savage, however, which doesn't seem appropriate.
Watch on YouTube: http://youtu.be/aY39HHzxu58
Running Time: 2:05
10. (2.24) Bisexuality [3.96]
Lesbian:A YouTube blogger gives his opinion on bisexuality as a whole, emphasizing how both extremes of the sexuality spectrum tend to reject them.
Point of View: 9
Gay:We liked that the boy seemed very honest. The only really bad thing about the video is that the background music was really annoying.
Queer:His video stands apart because he is much more concise about his thoughts and messages even though they are the same as others. He stated it better than others.
Watch on YouTube: http://youtu.be/sHNvL34CvT4
Running Time: 2:26