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Apple Employees Contribute to 'It Gets Better' Project


A group of Apple employees have released a new video contribution to the It Gets Better Project, a website and movement seeking to help LGBT teens to deal with bullying and other issues in an attempt to prevent suicides by sharing stories and encouragement about how their lives will improve as they get older.

The movement, which coordinates with a support hotline known as The Trevor Project, has garnered thousands of videos from people of all sexual orientations, including a number of prominent celebrities and organizations.

The new video from Apple's employees was released just ahead of today's observance of the Day of Silence, a national event seeking to bring attention to the bullying and harassment of LGBT teens. The six-minute video features a number of Apple employees, including a brief appearance by Randy Ubillos, Apple's head of video applications who may be recognizable to many observers from his on-stage demos of applications such as Final Cut Pro and iMovie at several high-profile Apple media events.

Apple is far from the only company whose employees have contributed to the It Gets Better Project, with groups from a number of other high-profile tech companies including Google, Microsoft, Adobe, Facebook, Yahoo, and Cisco having already shared their own videos.

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44 months ago

There's no other reason to vote negative on this other then you might have clicked the wrong link. It's everyone's business to keep kids safe. Why would you (or anyone) want anything less? And why do people always expect a higher standard of gay people than they expect out of their own kind? No heterosexual keeps their private life to themselves. They talk about their kids, their spouse, etc., have photos of them sitting on their desk, push their babies down the sidewalk for all to see, invite coworkers to children's birthday parties, etc. etc. In other words, your personal life and your business life are very intertwined. No one lives in a vacuum.


335 people have voted negative on this posting. I'd be willing to bet almost every one of those 335 agree that it's everyone's responsibility to keep kids safe. No one is arguing against that. I also doubt anyone is intentionally expecting a higher standard of gays. But, I'll agree that there does appear to be a difference between what people expect from gays and straights as far as keeping their private lives private. I believe you have a valid point there.


It's not "promoting" a sexual orientation. It's letting gay kids know that they don't have to kill themselves because of all the hate and bigotry directed at them. Did you NOT watch the video? Did you NOT see the part about the guy who swallowed a bottle of pills? The video isn't saying "hey, all you straight people out there, go be gay". It's saying, "hey, if you are gay don't do something rash. Don't kill yourself over this. Things will get better for you. See these people? It got better for them. It will for you too".


I think we'll have agree to disagree on whether this video promotes homosexuality. There are many that have commented in this thread that feel that way, not just me. As a matter of fact, I believe one that felt that way was gay. I don't feel this video is attempting to encourage anyone to be gay. However, promotion of something can take on many forms. I personally feel this video promotes homosexuality, although I have never felt it is encouraging others to be gay. I'm totally supportive of encouraging people to hang in there, whether they are gay or straight.


Again, protecting children from physical harm should be EVERYONE'S business. As for stripping out sexual orientation, this is aimed at gay kids killing themselves because they are gay. The message would be lost and not reach the intended target audience were it to be watered down to make you feel more comfortable about it.



I doubt anyone is trying to pass off the obligation of protecting kids. I doubt anyone is suggesting that those kids don't need support. I think it's obvious that most of the negatives came because of Apple's involvement in what many would consider controversial. Again, I doubt anyone is rejecting the message of supporting and protecting kids. But I can understand why many would disagree with Apple's involvement.
Rating: 4 Votes
44 months ago

Homosexuality is not something that's mentioned in passing in the bible. It's not like it was just thrown in there without a clear understanding of what it really was. How could God change his views on homosexuality and not change his view on fornication? Any sexual relations between unmarried people is a direct violation of God's commandments to reject fornication. The bible clearly defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman. If God does not recognize a marriage between two men or two women, how could homosexuals engage in sexual relations without engaging in fornication?


Pleas guide me to this passage that says marriage is only between a man and a woman. But really- who gives a crap? I don't believe in your religion and it should have no bearing on my life.
Rating: 4 Votes
44 months ago

Edit: You don't have to answer that. I realize it sounds antagonistic and I'm not trying to drag on the debate.


Let's put it this way- I'm assuming you've been in love before. Did you choose to fall in love? And did you choose to fall in love with that person, or did it just happen?

Now- knowing how rare love is, what would you think if a whole lot of people, including your family, rejected you once you told them about it, some even to the point of violence? How would you react? What would you do?

Well, that's how these kids feel, and it's not OK that they should have to feel that way. And I know how they feel because I was once one of them. And no kid should ever have to feel that way- ever.
Rating: 4 Votes
44 months ago

All personal opinion aside, the bible says that homosexuality is a detestable thing to God

It also says that slavery, genocide, rape and pillage are all acceptable things to "god". Take your pick, but don't expect anybody to take your personal choice of bible verses seriously.
Rating: 3 Votes
44 months ago

:rolleyes:


Frankly, I think if bassfingers wants to have sex with animals he should grab the bull by the horns and have at it.
Rating: 3 Votes
44 months ago

I'm not making it sound like anything. I'm explaining what the bible actually teaches. A man wishing to live in harmony with bible principles rejects homosexuality, which has everything to do with God. There's no other way to explain it. You're free to disagree as you see fit.

You are not using Jesus' words, but the words of someone who never met him, never spoke to him, never heard him speak. Why would such a man have authority to speak for your god?
Rating: 3 Votes
44 months ago

You don't have to encourage others to participate in something to promote it. You can promote something by encouraging acceptance. I think this video has two purposes. The key purpose is to encourage gay kids to not give up and provide a measure of comfort. I think the other purpose is to appeal to some people by saying, "Look at the crap that these people have been through. Please be more accepting of us." You can disagree with that, but it's my humble opinion.


This campaign is aimed at gay kids who are having trouble- no more, no less. You're reading way too much into it. The second part IS your opinion, and it's wrong. It's nothing more than your interpretation. It has nothing to do with the actual intent of the video. There is nothing there to indicate what you claim.

I didn't say that more should be expected of gays. I said that I could see how it might appear that more is expected of them in regard to keeping their private lives to themselves. I believe the reason for this is people in general expect others to refrain from discussing things they disapprove of. I'm not saying I agree with this, I'm just thinking out loud. Personally, even though I disagree with the act of having a sexual relationship with someone of the same sex, I'm not bothered when I hear someone talk about their partner in a nonsexual context. I don't even want to hear about straight people's sex lives, so that part has nothing to do with straight or gay. Also, I think it's important to clarify that the element of homosexuality that I disagree with is the act of homosexual sex. I can't fault someone for being attracted to someone of the same sex, but I can disagree with their choice to act on that and commit to a sexual relationship.


So people can be homosexual, they just can't act like they are? Yeah, that makes a ton of sense. You guys really know how to try to make yourselves look like nice, sweet people. Well, not gonna work. What you're saying is not nice, nor is it good for gay people. Love is not bad, it's rare. Stop sticking your nose where it doesn't belong. Take care of your own business and leave others to theirs.

That's where people just have to be willing to disagree. Some people are going to feel this is controversial. Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but it's not up to you or I to decide whether that opinion is right or wrong. However, you're right by saying Apple didn't start the campaign. But, the way that this story was presented to the MacRumors audience might suggest more involvement than what Apple actually had. If I misunderstood the extent of Apple's involvement, I stand corrected.


Oh, it most certainly is up to us to decide if it's right or wrong. Opinions mean nothing without facts to back them up. And the extent to which Apple was involved is simply that some Apple employees decided to get together and do this, to show kids that they can be successful and have good jobs, even if they're gay, and not have to worry about being fired for it or worse.
Rating: 3 Votes
44 months ago

So it's not okay to have sex with animals? how dare you tell me how to live my life. I was born this way. I don't affect you, bigot

See what i did there?



:rolleyes:
Rating: 2 Votes
44 months ago

335 people have voted negative on this posting. I'd be willing to bet almost every one of those 335 agree that it's everyone's responsibility to keep kids safe. No one is arguing against that. I also doubt anyone is intentionally expecting a higher standard of gays. But, I'll agree that there does appear to be a difference between what people expect from gays and straights as far as keeping their private lives private. I believe you have a valid point there.


Why should we be expected to be any different from anyone else? Are you starting to see our point now?

I think we'll have agree to disagree on whether this video promotes homosexuality. There are many that have commented in this thread that feel that way, not just me. As a matter of fact, I believe one that felt that way was gay. I don't feel this video is attempting to encourage anyone to be gay. However, promotion of something can take on many forms. I personally feel this video promotes homosexuality, although I have never felt it is encouraging others to be gay.


This makes no sense. Promotion is encouragement.

I doubt anyone is trying to pass off the obligation of protecting kids. I doubt anyone is suggesting that those kids don't need support. I think it's obvious that most of the negatives came because of Apple's involvement in what many would consider controversial. Again, I doubt anyone is rejecting the message of supporting and protecting kids. But I can understand why many would disagree with Apple's involvement.


And again, those people are misguided. Apple did not start this campaign, they merely took part in it. Anyone who thinks it's controversial to help kids has problems.
Rating: 2 Votes
44 months ago

In the past, some secular laws deemed homosexuality illegal. That may even still be the case in some places. If those laws were changed and they no longer apply, are you still subject to them? Why not?

These laws were changed because people realized the bible was wrong about this, yet you and many others still have an issue with it.

Meanwhile, selling your daughter to slavery or not cutting your hair or shaving seems to be ignored, even by you. Why is that? It's all in Leviticus as well.
Rating: 2 Votes

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