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Let’s face it: although huge strides have been made in the acceptance for gay, lesbian, and bi individuals, it’s not always a smooth road. Imagine being an LGBT teen now, when high school is filled with its own challenges, and you wonder what the consequences will be if you’re openly gay. Sometimes the results are frightening, even heartbreaking.
After hearing about too much bullying, and a tragic suicide, Dan Savage started the It Gets Better Project, a website of videos for teens with one goal: prevent suicides among LGBT teens. It’s a serious project and an important one, as teens face struggles with acceptance on a daily basis.
The It Gets Better Project Website is filled with videos of LGBT adults personally sharing their message: that it does indeed get better. Now big names are joining up with the It Gets Better Project to lend support and help out a stop to bullying.
- President Obama shared a video on bullying, telling teens that if they’re in trouble, “there are caring adults who can help”.
- Employees of Apple—an LBGT-friendly company—share their personal stories and words of encouragement in a video added recently.
- Celebrities like Anne Hathaway, Tim Gunn, Neil Patrick Harris, Ellen Degeneres, and dozens more tell teens their own stories and give lots of support.
- Teens from all over the world have posted videos to give a shout out of support to other LGBT teens, and provide meaningful words of wisdom and encouragement.
The IT Gets Better Project is a wonderful initiative that could help save lives. Share it with a friend, a brother, sister, or your own teen.