Bil Browning

After the tearful speech: Burns speaks

Filed By Bil Browning | October 17, 2010 11:30 AM | comments

Filed in: Media
Tags: anti-gay bullying, It Gets Better, Joel Burns, Thomas Roberts

Projector Rory correctly pointed out that we didn't feature the best videos that's come out of the recent conversations springing up around bullying and teen suicide. Openly gay Fort Worth City Councilman Joel Burns' tearful speech at a council meeting about being bullied as a child swept the internet last week and if you missed it, be sure to have a kleenex handy.

So who better to interview the gay politician about his emotional outpouring than gay reporter Thomas Roberts? The video is after the jump.

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Thank you so much for posting this, Bil, although I'm a little disappointed that no one has commented on it. I hadn't seen the follow-up interview, so it's good to know that this message is getting more attention.

Public emotional breakdowns like this always have the potential to turn into train wrecks -- especially for big politicians -- but this guy is low enough on the political totem-pole that this turned out to be well-received, probably because it was obviously so genuine. I am glad the public is compassionate enough to empathize with him instead of reacting with the ol' "Stiff upper lip! Big boys don't cry! Another sissy crying in his oatmeal!" lecture.

Even so, don't do this at home -- er, I mean -- generally, do this only at home.

Paul in Canada | October 18, 2010 4:28 PM

Very powerful, personal story! We all need to be so public!