Being gay in the harsh environment of high school or college can be difficult and depressing.
It's been that way for years, as a gay classmate of Mitt Romney found out.
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While the problem is still persistent, efforts to fight it have become both more widespread and more effective. It's a development some lay to the news coverage given to Tyler Clementi, the Rutgers student who committed suicide after his roommate taped him on his webcam.
In this week's feature story, "Protecting Gay Kids," we look at how schools are finally beginning to crack down on the bullying efforts.
Dan Savage, who started the It Gets Better campaign, says Clementi's death played a key role.
"That September woke a lot of older, grown-up LGBT members to the fact that while it had gotten so much better for us out in the world, there had been the inverse effect of upping the temperature for kids in school," says Dan Savage, the alternative-weekly sex columnist who started "It Gets Better." "I really do think it shifted the culture."