WATCH: Youth First Texas’ ‘You’re Not Alone’ project, a peer-to-peer version of ‘It Gets Better’

When members of Youth First Texas went to Austin in March to lobby for anti-bullying legislation, they did a better job of explaining the importance of such laws than any of the adults who were there. They were able to look senators and representatives in the eye and tell them personal experiences about having been bullied. Some of the youth told lawmakers they had attempted suicide, something that wouldn’t have happened if schools took bullying more seriously.

Walking back from the Capitol to a local church that was hosting lunch, the YFT members had an idea to make videos about their experiences. First, they sent copies to State Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, who shared them with other members of the Education Committee. But the videos also had another purpose — saving lives. While the “It Gets Better” videos are mostly adults telling teens they’ll get through their bad experiences in high school, YFT’s “You’re Not Alone” videos contain messages from LGBT youth to LGBT youth.

Watch the first set of videos from YFT’s “You’re Not Alone” project after the jump.

—  David Taffet

Parkinson’s drug may cure heterosexuality

A drug used to treat some of the symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease may cure heterosexuality, according to Time magazine. The drug, Requip, is manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline.

According to the report, Didier Jambart, 51, of Nantes, France, began taking Requip in 2003. He soon began displaying what his attorney called uncharacteristic behavior. The (0pposite-sex) married father of two attempted suicide, became addicted to online gambling and became a gay sex addict. He stopped being a gay sex addict when he stopped taking the drug, he claims.

The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists says that compulsive behaviors are a known side-effect of the drug.

Jambart is suing the drug company for more than $600,000. We think heterosexuals should be paying for the opportunity to be cured.

—  David Taffet