It Gets Better Project

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The It Gets Better Project is a non-profit organization that reaches out to LGBT youths who feel depressed or suicidal. Contributors to the project submit videos, essays, and other media. These are to share their stories, experiences, and messages telling LGBT youth that their lives will get better over time. The It Gets Better Project shows LGBT youth that they was not alone in their experiences. It shows they have people to turn to for support. The project was created by Dan Savage and his husband Terry Miller in 2010. It includes submissions by US President Barack Obama and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.[1]

In 2010, a rash of LGBTQ teen suicides across the U.S. — including Seth Walsh, 13, and Billy Lucas, 15 — inspired the gay advice columnist Dan Savage and his now-husband, Terry Miller, to do something. Together, the pair uploaded a video to YouTube with a simple but profound message: “It gets better.” 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.[2]

The It Gets Better Project™ has become a worldwide movement, inspiring more than 50,000 user-created videos viewed more than 50 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.

The nonprofit is run by a small team of less than 10 people, but its reach includes a global affiliate network across 17 countries.

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  1. "What is the It Gets Better Project? | It Gets Better Project | Give hope to LGBT youth". Retrieved 2015-02-25.
  2. "'It Gets Better': How a viral video fueled a movement for LGBTQ youth". NBC News. Retrieved 2021-06-30.

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