The Stranger's Dan Savage said he'd be in attendance at the White House conference against bullying. (MyNorthwest.com/Jamie Griswold)

White House invites Dan Savage to anti-bullying conference


The president and first lady Michelle Obama convened a conference on preventing bullying Thursday, and The Stranger's Dan Savage was invited.

Savage posted on The Stranger blog saying he would be in attendance at the event in D.C.

Savage was responsible for the "It Gets Better" campaign that gained mass attention on YouTube.

The "It Gets Better Project" is a YouTube channel moderated by Savage, where gay and lesbian adults post videos with a positive message with the idea that no matter what gay and lesbian teens maybe facing now, it can get better. President Obama posted his own 'It Gets Better' message to gay teens on the YouTube page.

Read more: Dan Savage talks "It Gets Better Project"

At the conference in D.C. on Thursday, Obama told young people that they shouldn't have to accept bullying as an inevitable part of growing up.

"If there's one goal, it's to dispel the myth that bullying is just a harmless rite of passage," Obama said. "As adults, we can lose sight of how hard it can be sometimes to be a kid."

The White House says one-third of the nation's students, or 13 million children, have been bullied.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Jamie Skorheim, MyNorthwest.com Editor
Whether it's floating on Green Lake, eating shrimp tacos at Agua Verde, or taking weekend drives out to the Cascades, she loves to enjoy the Pacific Northwest lifestyle as much as humanly possible.
Top Stories

  • Uber Upset
    Jason Rantz pokes holes in driver's discrimination claim against Uber

  • The Principal's Office
    Somebody's in trouble - lawmakers have to face the State Supreme Court for a lack of action
ATTENTION COMMENTERS: We've changed our comments, but want to keep you in the conversation.
Please login below with your Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or Disqus account. Existing MyNorthwest account holders will need to create a new Disqus account or use one of the social logins provided below. Thank you.
comments powered by Disqus
Sign up for breaking news e-mail alerts from MyNorthwest.com
In the community
Do you know a student who stands out in the classroom, school and community?
Help make their dreams come true by nominating them for a $1,000 scholarship and a chance to earn a $10,000 Grand Prize. Brought to you by KIRO Radio and Comprehensive Wealth Management.

Do you know an exceptional citizen who has impacted and inspired others?
KIRO Radio and WSECU would like to recognize six oustanding citizens this year. Nominate them to be recognized and to receive a $2,000 charitable grant.