It Gets Better Project

www.itgetsbetter.org.  Website for the It Gets Better Project. Created in 2010.

Content:  “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. “  The founders of the project, Dan Savage and Terry Miller were alarmed by the suicide rates of LGBT youth, and wanted to send out a message of hope.  One the website, viewers can find hundreds of video messages from the LGBTQ community and allies that tell young people things like: the harassment or bullying or teasing that they are experiencing will end, life will get better, there is hope for a happy future, and they are NOT alone.  From every day folks and teenagers telling their coming out stories to cast members from the TV program Glee, President Obama, Joe Jonas, Ellen DeGeneres, the staffs of The Gap, Google, Facebook, Pixar, and Apple there are over 10,000 videos that send the same message in hundreds of different ways: It Gets Better.  Anyone can upload an It Gets Better video, and the website also provides links and information to other organizations that can support LGBTQ youth.  Specifically, there is ample information about the Trevor Project, which operates a suicide prevention hotline and website with information about how young people can get support.

Review: What an amazing idea!  How sad that we continue to hear about LGBTQ youth who can’t stand the rejection/harassment/bullying and lose hope and take their own lives.  The concept is simple, remind young people that life is worth living, have people who have been there tell the viewers, they are not alone, it gets better.  The videos on itgetsbetter.org are moving, inspiring, motivating, and poignant.  And they work; from the website: “Trevor Project sees 400% increase in requests for in-school suicide prevention kits.”  Another benefit to this website is that young people can access it anonymously and in private, even if it means a trip to the library, if prying parental eyes are unwanted.  It’s not often that one gets to witness and have the opportunity to participate in something that truly changes lives, the It Gets Better Project gives all of us that chance.

Genre: non-fiction, self-help

Interest Level: 10-20 years

Available in: there is also a companion It Gets Better book

Subjects: LGBTQ, sexual orientation, gender identity, bullying, harassment

President Obama It Gets Better Video: