Life will get better, Fort Worth councilman tells gay youths

FORT WORTH — Just hold on. It really does get better.

That's the message Fort Worth City Councilman Joel Burns shared in an emotional speech during Tuesday night's council meeting, saying his goal was to reach out to youths everywhere who are struggling with being gay.

During a moving speech, Burns said it tears him up each time he hears about youths taking their own lives somewhere in America after being bullied because of their sexuality or simply struggling with it.

Burns, who is gay, said he'd like to give his 13-year-old self — who also struggled with being gay — glimpses into the future.

His younger version would see him meeting his partner, being loved by his parents, winning a City Council election, Burns said.

"High school was difficult, coming out was painful," he said. "I want to tell any teen who is watching this, life will get better. . . . Life will get so, so, so much better."

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