It Gets Better Project

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About the It Gets Better Project

Growing up isn’t easy. Many young people face daily tormenting and bullying, leading them to feel like they have nowhere to turn. This is especially true for LGBT kids and teens, who often hide their sexuality for fear of bullying. Without other openly gay adults and mentors in their lives, they can't imagine what their future may hold. In many instances, gay and lesbian adolescents are taunted — even tortured — simply for being themselves.

Justin Aaberg. Billy Lucas. Cody Barker. Asher Brown. Seth Walsh. Raymond Chase. Tyler Clementi. They were tragic examples of youth who could not believe that it does actually get better.

While many of these teens couldn’t see a positive future for themselves, we can. The It Gets Better Project was created to show young LGBT people the levels of happiness, potential, and positivity their lives will reach – if they can just get through their teen years. The It Gets Better Project wants to remind teenagers in the LGBT community that they are not alone — and it WILL get better.

What is the It Gets Better Project?

In September 2010, syndicated columnist and author Dan Savage created a YouTube video with his partner Terry to inspire hope for young people facing harassment. In response to a number of students taking their own lives after being bullied in school, they wanted to create a personal way for supporters everywhere to tell LGBT youth that, yes, it does indeed get better.

Two months later, the It Gets Better Project (TM) has turned into a worldwide movement, inspiring over 10,000 user-created videos viewed over 35 million times. To date, the project has received submissions from celebrities, organizations, activists, politicians and media personalities, including President Barack Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Rep. Nancy Pelosi, Adam Lambert, Anne Hathaway, Colin Farrell, Matthew Morrison of "Glee", Joe Jonas, Joel Madden, Ke$ha, Sarah Silverman, Tim Gunn, Ellen DeGeneres, Suze Orman, the staffs of The Gap, Google, Facebook, Pixar, the Broadway community, and many more. For us, every video changes a life. It doesn’t matter who makes it.

The website is a place where young people who are lesbian, gay, bi, or trans can see how love and happiness can be a reality in their future. It’s a place where our straight allies can visit and support their friends and family members. It’s a place where people can share their stories, take the It Gets Better Project pledge, watch videos of love and support, and seek help through the Trevor Project and GLSEN.

On March 22, 2011, six months following the launch of the campaign, the It Gets Better Project book was released. The book , It Gets Better: Coming Out, Overcoming Bullying, and Creating a Life Worth Living is on-sale wherever books are sold. It includes essays and new material from more than 100 contributors, including celebrities, religious leaders, politicians, parents, educators, youth just out of high school, and many more. All proceeds from the book will be donated to LGBT youth charities. For more detials and to purchase the book, visit HTTP://ITGETSBETTER.ORG/BOOK.

Who is Dan Savage?

Dan Savage is author of the internationally syndicated relationship and sex column Savage Love and the weekly podcast Savage Lovecast. He is editorial director of the Seattle weekly The Stranger, where he was formerly Editor-in-Chief. He is a regular contributor to PRI's "This American Life" and has been featured as a Real Time Reporter on HBO's "Real Time with Bill Maher."

Dan heard about the suicides of Justin Aaberg and Billy Lucas and had a reaction so many LGBT adults had. “I wish I could’ve talked to that kid for five minutes before he killed himself,” Dan recently said. “I’d tell him that however bad it was in high school or middle gets better.” The It Gets Better Project was born.

Listen to Dan and his partner Terry talk about their stories and how the project came to be:

What is The Trevor Project?

The Trevor Project, a benefactor of the It Gets Better Project, is determined to end suicide among LGBT youth by providing life-saving and life-affirming resources including a nationwide, 24/7 crisis intervention lifeline, digital community and advocacy/educational programs that create a safe, supportive and positive environment for everyone. Please visit their site at WWW.TREVORPROJECT.ORG.

If you are considering suicide or need help, call the Trevor Project now: 866-4-U-TREVOR (866-488-7386).

What is GLSEN?

GLSEN (The Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network), a benefactor of the It Gets Better Project, is a national education organization working to ensure safe schools for ALL students, regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity. GLSEN works to convince education leaders and policymakers of the urgent need to address anti-LGBT behavior and bias in our schools; protect students by advancing comprehensive and effective safe schools law and policies; empower principals to make their schools safe places to learn; and build the skills of educators to teach respect for all people.

For more information on GLSEN, visit WWW.GLSEN.ORG.

What is the ACLU LGBT Project?

The It Gets Better Project supports the ACLU LGBT Project, an organization that works to create an America free from discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender expression, or HIV status through impact litigation, public education, and advocacy. The Project’s programs on behalf of LGBTQ youth include helping students stand up to discrimination, harassment, and censorship. The Project provides an individualized response to every youth who reaches out to us for legal help.

Have a heart for somebody just like you. They aren't different but for sexual preference, so why treat them differently? Go now, make your pledge, donate, buy a shirt, spread the word, and stand up for gays everywhere.

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  • 4

    Thanks man...
    No person should ever be made to feel that the way they are, whether straight, gay, bi, or trans-gender, makes them any less of a human being. In the UK we focus so much on how we should have race equality, yet, I hear so little about equality based on a persons preferred gender.
    I for one, will admit that I used to be pretty ignorant to these things, and in some ways I still am. No one's perfect, but since I started college last year and made friends with people who are gay, I am a hell of a lot more tolerant. I've heard what they've had to put up with and it's just not right. The way people are made to feel that they have nothing to live for is unacceptable. Unfortunately, it's too late for some people, but this message is certainly one which needs to be listened to rather then which celebrity is doing what, which seems to be the world we live in now.

    • SuDoku
    • August 14, 2011, 9:33 am
    To me it's just the worst hypocrisy ever. Have a governing document saying all men are created equal, and say "Oh, well lets just say only straight people are American then." I thought freedom was unconditional, but I guess not. Regardless of politics though, people who are LGBT talk the same, walk the same, think the same, and feel all the same. They're human.
    - iGreenDay August 14, 2011, 12:12 pm
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    I'm half expecting someone to type a comment along the lines of "Homosexuality is bad and a sin because the bible says so!" Or some bullshit. Let me cut said person off now. If your holy book says people should burn in hell for being themselves, your religion sucks and has no place in the 21st century.

    It's the same holy propaganda that says to love everyone, yet damns a person for not loving your idol. Bigotry is a martyred attempt to exterminate our race, yet call yourself noble.
    - iGreenDay August 14, 2011, 12:16 pm
    Homosexuality is a sin. However, so is lying, stealing, cheating, hate, and gluttony. You find me one religious person who says you aren't loved by God because you are homosexual and I will show you a liar. Any religious person living in a house bigger than absolutely needed or driving a car that is expensive, they are practicing gluttony. These same people will have no problem telling you that all sin is the same in the eyes of God. So what they are really telling you, without knowing it, is that they are just as bad(usually worse) as any homosexual they are condemning. Yes, I believe in God. I am not ashamed to admit that. I am also not ashamed to admit that He loves EVERYONE equally. No matter their sexual orientation.
    - CallMeGoogle August 14, 2011, 5:40 pm
    Well, if he loves everyone regardless of orientation, why is homosexuality a sin? It's something you're born with, not a deliberate act. It makes no logical sense to group it with lying and stealing, as it seems you've just done. Then saying that God loves you anyway is a direct contradiction. If that's the case why would the bible mention homosexuality at all? I think your hurting your own cause in some ways with this argument.
    - CrazyJay August 15, 2011, 3:23 am
    Homosexuality itself is not the sin. It's acting on those feelings and having sex with your own gender. We are also born with the urge to have sex, but the real sin is acting on them and fornicating. And God loves the person, not what they do or don't do.
    - CallMeGoogle August 15, 2011, 4:22 pm
    So what your saying is, it's wrong to act on those urges, even though you're born with them and can't help it any more than I can help wanting to have sex with a woman? Yet, if it's two guys, that's somehow an affront to god? Also, how can god blame a person, for acting on the urges that he created them with? It seems completely psychotic to make some people this way, and then say that it's wrong for them to act on those feelings. Especially if he loves them anyway! That's not love, it's borderline torture.

    Homosexual acts being sinful makes no sense, surely it doesn't hurt anyone else? Why should it be grouped with other "sins"?
    - CrazyJay August 16, 2011, 2:04 am
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    my high school voted a dude prom queen last year. wut r ur thoughts?

    My thoughts? I don't see what that has to do with anything at all. I'll give you the benefit of the doubt and assume his boyfriend was prom king, in which case more schools need to be like yours.
    - iGreenDay August 14, 2011, 5:03 pm
    I find that absolutely revolting. Prom QUEEN is for females. Just because a guy is gay doesn't make him a female. He is a still a man no less. Calling a gay man a queen is offensive slang. That should not be tolerated.
    - CallMeGoogle August 14, 2011, 5:46 pm
    i kinda agree with you. i think it was kinda unfair for all the girls who wanted to be prom queen.
    - GothicRoze August 15, 2011, 10:31 am
    i dont think his boyfriend was prom king. but i do think it would be cool if there were more schools like mine.
    - GothicRoze August 15, 2011, 10:32 am
    I'm saying its only acceptable if his boyfriend is king. Otherwise, I agree completely with Google.
    - iGreenDay August 16, 2011, 6:33 am
    ... like it was fair to him?
    - iGreenDay August 16, 2011, 6:34 am
    could u clarify that? r u saying it was fair 4 him 2 be prom queen?
    - GothicRoze August 16, 2011, 8:20 am
    You're saying it was unfair to the girls who weren't voted prom queen, when he was voted queen for being gay. I'm saying it's horrible to do that to him if it's only because he's gay and the title is a form of slang, but all you seem to worry about is the girls who were denied prom queen.
    - iGreenDay August 16, 2011, 8:41 am
    well u should have seen the guy. he loved being prom queen. so i dont think i need to be worried about him being offended by that.
    - GothicRoze August 16, 2011, 8:44 am
    So that somehow never popped into your head before?
    - iGreenDay August 16, 2011, 8:51 am
    nope. im only 15 and have lived in a gay neighborhood my whole life. i go 2 a school where most of my friends are gay or lesbian. so i dont really know wut words are offensive 2 them because no one goes out of their way 2 bother them or call them names. so queen being a form of slang is new 2 me.
    - GothicRoze August 16, 2011, 8:55 am
    I wish you'd type in English, but Google himself mentioned it was slang. You really could've said something
    - iGreenDay August 16, 2011, 8:57 am
    Haha, sorry. As I said, I really didn't understand that a gay man being called a queen like that was offensive until you pointed that out.
    - GothicRoze August 16, 2011, 9:01 am
    Look up at CallMeGoogle's comment.
    - iGreenDay August 16, 2011, 9:05 am
    Yeah, I know. Thats when I started to realize that it was offensive. I didn't really believe it until you also said it was offensive.
    - GothicRoze August 16, 2011, 9:08 am
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    I find it absolutely fascinating that i went to an inner city school full of Hispanic and other minorities that came from bad backgrounds and upbringings and in my four years at that high school there was maybe one case of bullying and that was taken care of by the student quickly. However go twenty minuets away to the high class neighborhood school and my brother saw about 5 cases walking down a pretty short hall, so much for them being better than us

    It makes me feel like scum to be in one of the most expensive High Schools in texas, but thankfully our school is less bullying and more drugs.
    - iGreenDay August 16, 2011, 6:37 am
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    Sweet, there's a project named after me.

    • Ertrov
    • August 15, 2011, 4:55 pm
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