It Gets Better, a video channel providing hope for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth, began as a YouTube channel in September 2010. The It Gets Better Project (TM) has since turned into a worldwide movement responding to the number of LGBT teens taking their lives after being bullied at school. Over 5000 user-created videos have been submitted 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 and Facebook, the Broadway community. The most recent video is from staff at Disney’s Pixar Studios.
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The It Gets Better project was developed by Dan Savage, author of 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. 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 school…it gets better.”
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The It Gets Better Project is associated with The Trevor Project, an organization focused on crisis and suicide prevention efforts among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth.