It Gets Better

I’m sure you’ve heard of this by now, but I just couldn’t resist posting it.

Dan Savage recently created the It Gets Better Project, an online, social media tool for reaching out to teenagers who are being bullied for being gay, to tell them that it gets better.  In a recent interview with MTV, Savage said, “When a gay teenager commits suicide, it’s because he can’t picture a life for himself that’s filled with joy and family and pleasure…So I felt it was really important that, as gay adults, we show them that our lives are good and happy and healthy and that there’s a life worth sticking around for after high school.”

He and his husband Terry made this video in which they talked about how hard high school was for them, but how wonderful their lives are now:

Since this project started last month, thousands of people have uploaded their own videos to send the same message in their own words. There are even celebrities doing it – everyone from Kathy Griffin to Adam Lambert to President Obama. But one of the coolest ones is this video by the Gay Men’s Chorus of LA:

This is such an amazing project. I just keep thinking that this is why the internet was created – to allow people to connect across all social, economic and physical boundaries so that every single person knows that there’s someone else out there who cares about them. Even if they’ve never met.

Thanks to Alayna for sending me these videos.

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5 responses to “It Gets Better

  1. It’s funny – when first saw this a couple of weeks ago on Door Sixteen, I went to the site and didn’t get that it was expressly focused on LGBTIQ people – just on all of the people who got bullied or were treated like dorks in high school and are now leading happy, healthy, productive lives.

    Not only does that message give hope to high schoolers, gay or straight, but there’s also some sense of accomplishment and pleasure from the people who self-identify as people living pretty happy lives.

  2. And yeah, True Colors got me all teary.

  3. Thanks for posting this, Mego. I saw the first video but not the second. Both were very inspiring and I got a bit teary too.

  4. You’re welcome on the videos, and I think your last paragraph sums it up perfectly. I just tried to write about how I felt about the whole project on our blog, but you hit the nail on the head! See you tomorrow?

  5. Jen

    Hi Mego.
    Just wanted you to know that Kev and I are sitting here on a Friday night, catching up on a little blog reading, with tears streaming down our faces. I had heard, of course, about the It Gets Better campaign. But I hadn’t watched any of the videos. Thanks for bringing these to our attention. I cried because of the beauty of a campaign designed to help struggling kids. But also at the fact that there needs to be a campaign like this at all. Sending you a big virtual hug.
    xo,
    Jen

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