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September 2016: It Gets Better Global News

September 2016: It Gets Better Global News

We bring you monthly updates about the It Gets Better Project and our affiliates around the world. Check out the great news from September 2016 below. 

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October 2016: It Gets Better Global News

October 2016: It Gets Better Global News

Each month, we bring you updates about the It Gets Better Project and our affiliates around the world. Check out the great news from October 2016 below. 

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Call for Applicants: International Program Intern

Call for Applicants: International Program Intern

Are you: Interested in gaining experience in the for-purpose industry? Looking to help out a local, LA-based nonprofit organization? Passionate about LGBT issues? Then we've got an opportunity for you! 

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August 2016: It Gets Better Global News

August 2016: It Gets Better Global News

Don't miss our monthly updates about the It Gets Better Project's global work and that of our affiliate programs around the world.  

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July 2016: It Gets Better Global News

July 2016: It Gets Better Global News

Don't miss our monthly updates about the It Gets Better Project's global work and that of our affiliate programs around the world.  

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June 2016: It Gets Better Global News

June 2016: It Gets Better Global News

Don't miss our monthly updates about the It Gets Better Project's global work and that of our affiliate programs around the world.  

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May 2016: It Gets Better Global News

May 2016: It Gets Better Global News

Don't miss our monthly updates about the It Gets Better Project's global work and that of our affiliate programs around the world.  

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Global Grants 2016: Round 2 (July - Dec.)

Global Grants 2016: Round 2 (July - Dec.)

We’ve seen the impact of the Project's mission on the lives of LGBT youth in the United States, and we work to help make sure that happens for youth worldwide. We do this by investing in local, grassroots efforts that benefit LGBT communities abroad through our Global Grants program. Click here to learn more. 

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April 2016: It Gets Better Global News

April 2016: It Gets Better Global News

Don't miss our monthly updates about the It Gets Better Project's global work and that of our affiliate programs around the world.  

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March 2016: It Gets Better Global News

March 2016: It Gets Better Global News

Don't miss our monthly updates about the It Gets Better Project's global work and that of our affiliate programs around the world.  

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The It Gets Better Project is on Moovz!

The It Gets Better Project is on Moovz!

The It Gets Better Project is now on Moovz, a free social networking app where primarily LGBT young people can make connections and update others on their lives. We have over 4,000 followers from around the world already! Check out what that means here, and learn how you can connect, too. 

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It Gets Better Project launches affiliate in Peru!

It Gets Better Project launches affiliate in Peru!

The It Gets Better Project is proud to announce the launch of the newest addition to our international network of affiliates around the world, It Gets Better Perú! Click on the article to learn more.  

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February 2016: It Gets Better Global News

February 2016: It Gets Better Global News

Don't miss our monthly updates about the It Gets Better Project's global work and that of our affiliate programs around the world.  

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It Gets Better Project heads to New Zealand for 2016 ILGA Oceania Conference

It Gets Better Project heads to New Zealand for 2016 ILGA Oceania Conference

Members of the It Gets Better Project's international team are heading to Middle Earth next week, to the ILGA Oceania Human Rights & Health Conference being held in Wellington, New Zealand from March 9-12, 2016. Click here to find out more about this amazing conference - and our participation in it - this year!  

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January 2016: It Gets Better Global News

January 2016: It Gets Better Global News

Don't miss our monthly updates about the It Gets Better Project's global work and that of our affiliate programs around the world. 

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Summer Program with the George Washington School of English from Madrid, Spain

Summer Program with the George Washington School of English from Madrid, Spain

The George Washington School of English from Madrid, Spain brings students from around the world to Los Angeles, California each summer to give them an immersive opportunity to learn English and engage with American people and cultures. This year, the G.W. School of English, with help from the It Gets Better Project, is going to offer a special trip for LGBT students. Learn more about the program here!  

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December 2015: Better News from Around the World

December 2015: Better News from Around the World

Each month we bring you updates about our international work and some of our wonderful affiliate programs from around the world. Check out the awesome news from December 2015.  

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Best of 2015: Videos from Around the World

Best of 2015: Videos from Around the World

The It Gets Better Project and our international affiliates create and collect a lot of videos, all in the hopes that they'll help empower LGBT youth. Take a look at our best (in this case, "Most Viewed") videos from 2015. 

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It Gets Better Colombia launches on #GivingTuesday 2015!

It Gets Better Colombia launches on #GivingTuesday 2015!

The It Gets Better Project is proud to announce the launch of the newest addition to our international network of affiliates around the world, It Gets Better Colombia! Click on the article to learn more.  

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November 2015: Better News from Around the World

November 2015: Better News from Around the World

Each month we bring you updates about our international work and some of our wonderful affiliate programs from around the world. Check out the awesome news from November 2015. 

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It Gets Better Project Launches Global Grants

It Gets Better Project Launches Global Grants

We’ve seen the impact of the Project's mission on the lives of LGBT youth in the United States, and we work to help make sure that happens for youth worldwide. We do this by investing in local, grassroots efforts that benefit LGBT communities abroad. That's why we are proud to announce the launch of Global Grants. Click here to learn more.  

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It Gets Better…in Mexico! (June 16-19, 2015)

It Gets Better…in Mexico! (June 16-19, 2015)

From May-June 2015, we took the International Program on the road! Get a glimpse at some of the fascinating events we participated in around the world, and learn about the culture and vibrancy of LGBT communities around the world. Last stop: Mexico! 

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October 2015: Better News from around the World

October 2015: Better News from around the World

Each month we bring you updates about our international work and some of our wonderful affiliate programs from around the world. Check out the awesome news from October 2015!  

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It Gets Better Project launches It Gets Better Greece!

It Gets Better Project launches It Gets Better Greece!

The It Gets Better Project is proud to announce the launch of the newest addition to our international network of affiliates around the world, It Gets Better Ελλάδα (Greece)! Click on the article to learn more.  

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Who’s going to the ILGA Europe Annual Conference this year? The It Gets Better Project!

Who’s going to the ILGA Europe Annual Conference this year? The It Gets Better Project!

Members of the It Gets Better Project International team are heading back to Europe soon! This time it will be to Athens, Greece for the 2015 ILGA Europe Annual Conference from October 28-31. Click here to find out more about this amazing conference - and our participation in it - this year!  

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September 2015: Better News from Around the World

September 2015: Better News from Around the World

Each month we bring you updates about our international work and some of our wonderful affiliate programs from around the world. Check out the awesome news from September 2015! 

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5 Things I Learned This Summer About the LGBT Community in Israel

5 Things I Learned This Summer About the LGBT Community in Israel

From May-June 2015, we took the International Program on the road! Get a glimpse at some of the fascinating events we participated in around the world, and learn about the culture and vibrancy of LGBT communities around the world. Sixth stop: Israel!  

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August 2015: Better News from Around the World

August 2015: Better News from Around the World

Each month we bring you updates from our International Program and some of our wonderful affiliate programs from around the world. Check out the awesome news from August 2015.  

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It Gets Better…in Sweden! (May 25-30, 2015)

It Gets Better…in Sweden! (May 25-30, 2015)

From May-June 2015, we took the International Program on the road! Get a glimpse at some of the fascinating events we participated in around the world, and learn about the culture and vibrancy of LGBT communities around the world. Fifth stop: Sweden!  

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July 2015: Better News from Around the World

July 2015: Better News from Around the World

Each month we bring you updates from our International Program and some of our wonderful affiliate programs from around the world. Check out the awesome news from July 2015. 

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It Gets Better…in Portugal! (May 22-24, 2015)

It Gets Better…in Portugal! (May 22-24, 2015)

From May-June 2015, we took the International Program on the road! Get a glimpse at some of the fascinating events we participated in around the world, and learn about the culture and vibrancy of LGBT communities around the world. Fourth stop: Portugal!  

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It Gets Better…in Spain! (May 21-22 & May 30-June 2, 2015)

It Gets Better…in Spain! (May 21-22 & May 30-June 2, 2015)

From May-June 2015, we took the International Program on the road! Get a glimpse at some of the fascinating events we participated in around the world, and learn about the culture and vibrancy of LGBT communities around the world. Third stop: Spain!  

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May & June 2015: Better News from Around the World

May & June 2015: Better News from Around the World

Each month we bring you updates from our International Program and some of our wonderful affiliate programs from around the world. Check out the awesome news from May & June 2015 below. Happy Pride! 

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It Gets Better Project launches Todo Mejora Ecuador!

It Gets Better Project launches Todo Mejora Ecuador!

We are proud to announce the newest addition to our international network of affiliate projects around the world, Todo Mejora Ecuador! Read on to find out more about the current state of LGBT rights in Ecuador and what Todo Mejora Ecuador plans to do (and is already doing!) to make things better for LGBT youth there. 

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It Gets Better…in Italy! (May 19-21, 2015)

It Gets Better…in Italy! (May 19-21, 2015)

From May-June 2015, we took the International Program on the road! Get a glimpse at some of the fascinating events we participated in around the world, and learn about the culture and vibrancy of LGBT communities around the world. Second stop: Italy!  

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It Gets Better…in Moldova! (May 13-17, 2015)

It Gets Better…in Moldova! (May 13-17, 2015)

From May-June 2015, we took the International Program on the road! Get a glimpse at some of the fascinating events we participated in around the world, and learn about the culture and vibrancy of LGBT communities around the world. First stop: Moldova! 

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“Because I Live Here!: Snapshots of LGBT Lives in Moldova”

“Because I Live Here!: Snapshots of LGBT Lives in Moldova”

This article contains 16 beautiful stories from a recently published booklet in Moldova. Each tells the story of an LGBT person who has found happiness and courage in who they are, in who they love, and in where they live - in a country where acceptance can be hard to find. 

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It Gets Better Project International Goes to Europe! (May 13 - June 15)

It Gets Better Project International Goes to Europe! (May 13 - June 15)

Follow us as we travel abroad this summer! Find out where the Project is going, get a glimpse at some of the fascinating events we're participating in around the world, and learn about the culture and vibrancy of LGBT communities around the world.  

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April 2015: Better News from Around the World

April 2015: Better News from Around the World

Each month we bring you updates from our International Program and some of our wonderful affiliate programs from around the world. Check out the awesome news from April 2015!  

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It Gets Better (Btokoun Ahsan)

It Gets Better (Btokoun Ahsan)

This essay comes from "It Gets Better: Coming Out, Overcoming Bullying, and Creating a Life Worth Living," a collection of original essays and testimonials written to teens from celebrities, political leaders, and everyday people. This one was written by Bashar Makhay, a community organizer for the Middle Eastern gay community. You can purchase a copy of the book, or donate one to a local school or library, through our store at itgetsbetter.org.  

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March 2015: Better News from Around the World

March 2015: Better News from Around the World

Each month we bring you updates from our International Program and some of our wonderful affiliate programs from around the world. Check out the awesome news from March 2015! 

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This I Know for Sure

This I Know for Sure

This essay comes from "It Gets Better: Coming Out, Overcoming Bullying, and Creating a Life Worth Living," a collection of original essays and testimonials written to teens from celebrities, political leaders, and everyday people. This one was written by popular blogger, A. Y. Daring from Canada. You can purchase a copy of the book, or donate one to a local school or library, through our store at itgetsbetter.org. 

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February 2015: Better News from Around the World

February 2015: Better News from Around the World

Each month we bring you updates from our International Program and some of our wonderful affiliate programs from around the world. Check out the awesome news from February 2015 here!  

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Action Makes It Better

Action Makes It Better

This essay comes from "It Gets Better: Coming Out, Overcoming Bullying, and Creating a Life Worth Living," a collection of original essays and testimonials written to teens from celebrities, political leaders, and everyday people. This one was written by Urvashi Vaid, an Indian American leading LGBT rights activist. You can purchase a copy of the book, or donate one to a local school or library, through our store at itgetsbetter.org 

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January 2015: Better News from Around the World

January 2015: Better News from Around the World

Each month we'll be bringing you updates from our International Program and some of our wonderful affiliate programs from around the world. Check out the awesome news from January 2015 here!  

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It Gets Better for a British Soldier

It Gets Better for a British Soldier

This essay comes from "It Gets Better: Coming Out, Overcoming Bullying, and Creating a Life Worth Living," a collection of original essays and testimonials written to teens from celebrities, political leaders, and everyday people. This one was written by Lance Corporal James Wharton from London, England. You can purchase a copy of the book, or donate one to a local school or library, through our store at itgetsbetter.org.  

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“FINDING YOUR OWN NICHE:” An Interview with Finnish LGBT Activist, Roh Petas

“FINDING YOUR OWN NICHE:” An Interview with Finnish LGBT Activist, Roh Petas

Roh Petas has gone from grass-roots activism in hir native Finland to working with LGBTQ issues on an international level as the Chair of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trangender, Queer Youth and Student Organization (IGLYO) in 2012-2013 and in the Council of Europe Advisory Council on Youth since 2014. Ze is also working as a trainer for teachers in gender equality issues and norm criticism. 

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Life Unfolds Exactly As It Should (But Not As You Planned)

Life Unfolds Exactly As It Should (But Not As You Planned)

This essay comes from "It Gets Better: Coming Out, Overcoming Bullying, and Creating a Life Worth Living," a collection of original essays and testimonials written to teens from celebrities, political leaders, and everyday people. This one was written by Sean Blane and David Rosen of Canada. You can purchase a copy of the book, or donate one to a local school or library, through our store at itgetsbetter.org.  

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The Person Worth Fighting For Is You (La persona por la que vale la pena luchar, eres tu)

The Person Worth Fighting For Is You (La persona por la que vale la pena luchar, eres tu)

This essay comes from "It Gets Better: Coming Out, Overcoming Bullying, and Creating a Life Worth Living," a collection of original essays and testimonials written to teens from celebrities, political leaders, and everyday people. This one was written by Alex R. Orue of Mexico. You can purchase a copy of the book, or donate one to a local school or library, through our store at itgetsbetter.org. 

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John Carroll: Dancing Saved Me From Humiliation of Bullies

Broadway performer John Carroll (Women on the Verger of a Nervous Breakdown, Follies) recalls being relentlessly tormented by bullies as a kid and how he escaped and gained confidence by studying dance. 

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Why I Stood Up to My School District

Ebonie Richardson is a 16-year-old lesbian student who challenged the Anoka-Hennepin School District with a lawsuit that just ended with new protections designed to protect students like her from bullying. 

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The Anoka-Hennepin School District Settlement: A Sea Change for School Safety Nationwide

This week marks a historic paradigm shift in the way the federal government interacts with communities. The slow behemoth of federal justice moved at the breakneck pace of 16 months to create a blueprint for school safety that can be implemented nationwide, all in the interest of keeping children and youth safe, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, or expression. The consent decree among Minnesota's Anoka-Hennepin School District, the Departments of Justice and Education, and students represents history in civil rights for youth and for LGBT people. It is also a huge win in the fight to promote health and psychological well-being of youth at school, as it emphasizes ongoing availability of counseling for students and evaluation of anti-bullying measures from a mental health perspective.  

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Taking off the Mask for Purim

This year's Purim marks three years since I started my incredible journey of coming out. Until three years ago I struggled in isolation with my identity as a gay man and an Orthodox Jew. I had spent the previous two years surrounded only by people who rejected themselves as gay and was part of the "ex gay" movement." 

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The Ideas of March

A gay conservative, a black transgender woman, and an out television journalist walk into a TV studio... sounds like the start of a good joke, right? But it was just my Friday at work at MSNBC. And you know what? Three LGBT people appeared together on a mainstream media cable channel talking news, politics, and common sense, and television sets across the country didn't explode! 

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Dignity for All: Why I Signed Same-Sex Marriage into Maryland Law

During the debate in Maryland's House, I joined same-sex marriage supporters outside of the chambers who were anxiously awaiting the vote. I met two moms and their 4-year-old son Will. After standing for hours, Will was tired and seemed a bit uninterested. I could only imagine how hard it would be to understand the complex discussions as a 4-year-old. But the next day I saw a photo of Will and his family taken right after the House voted in support of marriage equality. His little face was lit up with joy, and he was cheering as his moms hugged him with the love that only a mother can provide. Will may not have understood the debates, but his smile after the vote proved one very important thing: even a 4-year-old knows the value of human dignity. 

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It Gets Better: How I Overcame Childhood Bullying

I was bullied pretty badly when I was a kid, the worst period falling between the ages of 10 and 14, I think. People tell me to get over it, and that I am an adult now, privileged and famous and constantly applauded not only in my primary field, stand-up comedy, but also in practically every endeavor I have chosen to devote myself to, from acting to burlesque bump-and-grind to songwriting.  

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It Gets Better Project Pledge Reaches 500,000 Supporters

More than 500,000 people have taken the It Gets Project pledge since the project’s launch in October, 2010, helping us share our message of hope with LGBT youth. 

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MTV AND LOGO JOINTLY ANNOUNCE THE “IT GETS BETTER” SPECIAL

NEW YORK, N.Y. (February 1, 2012) — MTV and Logo, two Viacom networks, jointly announced today that Dan Savage, syndicated columnist, author, co-creator of the It Gets Better Project, and star of MTV’s upcoming series “Savage U,” will anchor a 60-minute “It Gets Better” special, which will spotlight the emotional and societal struggles many LGBT youth face. “It Gets Better” will air on both MTV and Logo on Tuesday, February 21 at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT. 

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UW-Madison Student’s It Gets Better Vid. Receives Lady Gaga’s Endorsement

Colton Boettcher released a pro-gay, anti-bullying music video on YouTube Thursday set to the Lady Gaga song "Hair," and in less than 24 hours, Lady Gaga herself was lauding it and promoting it via Twitter and Facebook.  

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White House Joins Host of Organizations in Support of Jan 25 National GSA Day

GLSEN is proud to support the first-ever National Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) Day! We teamed up with more than 35+ statewide and national partners to recognize the amazing contributions GSAs have made and continue to make in schools across the country. 

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Boy Scouts Of America Embraces GLSEN’s ‘No Name-Calling Week’

A writer for Scouting magazine, the Boy Scouts of America's official publication, has submitted a blog in support of "No Name-Calling Week," an annual anti-bullying event established by the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN). 

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Submit Your It Gets Better Video for MTV Documentary Special

If you have made an "It Gets Better" video and would like us to consider including it in a documentary special that we are making for MTV, please send us the link to your "It Gets Better" video at lgbtspecial@gmail.com. 

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Andrew Rannells, Rebecca Naomi Jones, Michael Arden and More Will Sing for A Better Holiday

A Better Holiday: A Concert to Benefit the It Gets Better Project, which celebrates the holiday season with songs of hope, will be held at Joe's Pub Dec. 5 at 9:30 PM. 

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It Gets Better Message to Be Translated into Nearly 20 Languages

Soon, the message of the It Gets Better Project will be available in more than 15 languages. We're excited to announce Park IP Translations has partnered with the It Gets Better Project to begin the process of translating the It Gets Better Project's mission statement for LGBT youth around the world.  

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Philadelphia Phillies and Tampa Bay Rays join the It Gets Better Project

The Phillies and Rays are the latest sports teams to join the project and give hope to struggling LGBT youth. Check them out then share them with any Rays or Phillies fans you know.  

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Help Keep this Movement Going - Vote Daily

Help Keep this Movement Going - Vote Daily

Last month Vivint launched a contest to give away $1.25 million of grant money to non-profits across the country. The deadline is two weeks away and we’re currently sixth in our region. You can vote every day through August 27th and if you all do, we’ll win. 

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Baltimore Orioles become fourth Major League Baseball team to give hope to LGBT youth

Today the Baltimore Orioles became the fourth Major League Baseball team to give hope to LGBT youth and join the It Gets Better Project.  

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Rise Against and It Gets Better Project Tackle Bullying In New Music Video for “Make It Stop”

Rise Against and It Gets Better Project Tackle Bullying In New Music Video for “Make It Stop”

Rise Against and The It Gets Better Project are proud to announce a collaboration in conjunction with the release of Rise Against’s new single, "Make It Stop (September's Children)" from their album Endgame, which debuted at number 2 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart. 

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The heart and soul of “It Gets Better”

First the Giants, then the Cubs, and now the Red Sox. But let us remember the heart and soul of the project are still the over 10,000 videos created by ordinary LGBT adults—people you haven't heard of—telling their stories, offering advice, sharing their coping strategies, and, in the comments threads and via their YouTube accounts, offering many LGBT kids something they've never had before: the ear of a sympathetic adult who understands exactly what they're going through. 

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San Francisco Giants become first professional sports team to join the It Gets Better Project

Last month thousands of Giants fans joined Sean Chapin in asking asking the Giants to make an It Gets Better video. The baseball team was already planning on making a video, expedited their production and on the first day of LGBT Pride Month became the first professional sports team to tell LGBT youth that "It Gets Better." 

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Video: Authors @Google: Dan Savage and Terry Miller on the It Gets Better Project

Earlier this month, It Gets Better Project founders Dan Savage and Terry Miller were invited to Google to discuss the Project's bestselling book, it's impact, achievements and what's next. Thank you all for being part of this powerful movement and thank you Google & YouTube for providing us with the technology to create the Project. 

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We did it! Over 1,000 It Gets Better Books are being sent to schools and libraries. Keep it going!

We did it! Over 1,000 It Gets Better Books are being sent to schools and libraries. Keep it going!

This week we asked you to meet our goal of donating 1,000 It Gets Better books to schools and libraries. In a matter of hours hundreds of donations came in and now we're proud to report 1,127 books have been donated to date. Check out this nifty map of where your books are headed. 

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Google Chrome launches ad featuring the It Gets Better Project during tonight’s episode of Glee

Google has created a series of videos -- this one featuring the It Gets Better Project -- to show how real people like you are using the web to accomplish amazing things -- big, small, fun and serious. 

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Trevor Project sees 400% increase in requests for in-school suicide prevention kits

Thanks to your support and donations, the 400% increase in demand the Trevor Project realized since you helped launch our movement have been filled. 

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“I Am a Super Woman” wants your story

Has the It Gets Better Project helped you in your own personal life? Singer Alicia Keys is launching a site soon called I Am A Super Woman. They're fans of the It Gets Better Project and our powerful message and would like to interview people who have been impacted by the project. 

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Apple Employees Join the It Gets Better Project

Apple Employees got together and produced this very powerful It Gets Better video. Take a look and spread it around! 

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It Gets Better lands on The New York Times Bestseller List

In it's debut -- thanks to the help of our many many supporters -- the It Gets Better book hit the New York Times bestseller list last week. 

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March 22nd: The It Gets Better Book Tour Begins

March 22nd: The It Gets Better Book Tour Begins

The It Gets Better book tour kicks off on March 22nd in NYC. Join us in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle and Portland for events. Additional locations TBD. 

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Priscilla Queen of the Desert airs first broadcast television “It Gets Better” commercial

We've teamed up with the new Broadway musical "Priscilla Queen of the Desert" to produce our first public service announcement to be aired on broadcast TV. The cast members contacted us and the CBS affiliate in New York to see if we'd be interested and we all told them to "go for it!" Check out the ad here. 

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Let’s get the It Gets Better Book in every High School in America

With just a month away until the release of the "It Gets Better Book," we got some great feedback from our supporters who said "you should get this book in every school in the country!" So we're doing it. Help us do this by donating $25 to get our book in your school library. 

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Live Video of It Gets Better Lounge at NY Fashion Week

Thanks to www.dereklovesshopping.com we're here at our It Gets Better lounge at NY Fashion Week. 

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You Did It! Thanks to your votes, GLSEN to win $250,000 to make 10,000 schools safe for LGBT youth

When the clock struck midnight last night the votes were tallied and thanks to a huge push yesterday by GLSEN and our allies online, we bumped GLSEN up to #2, making it a finalist for one of two $250,000 grants in the Pepsi Refresh campaign. Thank you for doing better for LGBT youth! 

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The It Gets Better Book is Out: Order your copy today!

“It Gets Better: The Book” is coming out March 22nd, six months after we launched the project. The book is a collection of stories from many people you recognize and some people you don’t, but each and every story will touch you, move you and encourage you to do better for LGBT youth. Pre-order the book today to ensure you get a first edition copy! 

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Three DC Restaurants to Donate 10% of Profits to the “It Gets Better Project”

Commissary, Logan Tavern and The Heights (all part of EatWellDC) are promoting Monday, January 31st, 2011 as "It Gets Better" night and will donate 10% of their proceeds to help LGBT youth. If you are in the DC-area (Logan Circle or Columbia Heights) we hope to see you on Monday! 

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South Dakota Public Radio: Suicide risk decreases with societal understanding and acceptance

Earlier this week a forum was held in Rapid City, South Dakota on how many young adults say the have felt despair at varying levels, but they got through it with the support of friends and family and an increasing acceptance in society.  

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Out UK Rugby Star Gareth Thomas stops by It Gets Better LA Office, tapes his “It Gets Better” video

Last week UK rubgy star Gareth Thomas stopped by our Los Angeles office after being interviewed by Ellen. Check out his amazing interview with Ellen and his It Gets Better video. 

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NJ passes “toughest” anti-bullying bill in USA; other states look to replicate

Earlier this week, Gov. Chris Christie signed what advocates are calling the nation's toughest anti-bullying bill into law. The bill includes protections for LGBT youth. As new sessions begin in state legislatures across the country, other states are looking at the New Jersey bill to see how they should formulate their own bills to do better for LGBT youth. 

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Merry Christmas—12 Must see “It Gets Better” videos with the family!

As we celebrate Christmas we remember friends and family who have been there for us our entire lives -- the people who helped make it better for us. But in this time of need we also recognize the millions of LGBT youth who may not have supportive families to come home to. This Christmas is for you. Check out 12 "It Gets Better" videos for the family then share with us your holiday stories and memories. 

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Need a Stocking Stuffer?

Donations to It Gets Better Project are tax deductible. Your gift will save a life. Help make it better by donating and spreading the word. 

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ACLU Demands Change at School Where Seth Walsh Was Bullied

The American Civil Liberties Union delivered a letter today to the Tehachapi Unified School District in Tehachapi, California, demanding that the school take steps to address a climate of pervasive anti-gay bullying that persists in Tehachapi schools. 

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ACTION ALERT: Make it Better Right Now—U.S. Senate to vote on “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”

Does the ban on gays and lesbians serving openly in the military impact LGBT youth? Yes, it does. DADT may come up for a vote TONIGHT in the U.S. Senate. If you live in Maine, Indiana, Massachusetts, Ohio, Missouri, West Virginia, Arkansas and Illinois, we need you to contact your senators as soon as possible. Call 202-224-3121 RIGHT NOW and ask to be connected to your senator. 

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Happy Hannukah from It Gets Better!

Tonight is the last night of Hannukah. As thousands of Jewish members of the It Gets Better Project celebrate, we're posting three videos from a celebrity, some gays and a Rabbi (no, this is not a joke). Is It Gets Better the next "Great Schlep?" 

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The 5 Most Viewed Videos (Week of 11-28 to 12-4)

The VP of the European Union, a dancer, a United States Senator, a MSNBC anchor and a beloved rock star round out another great week of most watched "It Gets Better" project videos. 

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Grassroots supporters host #ItGetsBetter events in December: NOLA, Philly, LA

Interested in hosting an event? Email us at events@itgetsbetterproject.com and we'll help promote it! 

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U.S. Senator Brown on Senate floor: We’ll make it better for these young people

Yesterday, Senator Sherrod Brown (OH) came to the floor of the Senate to deliver his It Gets Better video and took the IGB pledge. Thank you, Senator, for amplifying the messages of the 6,000 people who have created videos to all your colleagues in Washington. Thanks for joining our movement. 

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Today is World AIDS Day

Today we recognize and remember those who have passed due to AIDS and give a giant hug to all those suffering today. Know that you are in our minds not just today, but every day. Watch this "It Gets Better" video from the San Francisco AIDS Foundation. 

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Dan Savage on The Colbert Report: Stephen Colbert joins It Gets Better!

Dan Savage appeared on The Colbert Report last night. At the end of the show, Stephen Colbert agreed to make an "It Gets Better" video and called on conservative pundits and elected GOP leaders to join the project to give hope to LGBT teens. 

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The 5 Most Viewed Videos (11-19 to 11-26)

This week we saw Pixar's amazing It Gets Better video hit over 750,000 views in just days. In addition to the hundreds of other submissions this week, Artists Justin Bieber & Johnny Boy, OPM Director John Berry and the Gay Men's Chorus of DC rounded out the top five. Did any others stick out to you? 

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Happy Thanksgiving from the It Gets Better Project

We all have much to be thankful for. In just over two months, over 6,000 It Gets Better videos have been posted, and a growing community of millions of people from around the world are watching these videos, and sharing them with friends and loved ones. 

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International Transgender Day of Remembrance

Today we stand together as one community to remember and honor the lives cut short by anti-transgender intimidation and violence. Join us in spreading these videos of some amazing transgender It Gets Better Project supporters. Thank you for providing hope! 

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Vice President Joe Biden: It Gets Better

Vice President Joe Biden posts his It Gets Better video while talking about his own troubled childhood. 

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The 5 Most Viewed New Videos of the Week

We saw the 'Bully' from Glee and a running group in New York this week, but we also saw hundreds of other videos this week. Did you see one you liked? Please comment and we'll post a few more later in the day! 

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Courage: Graeme Taylor, 14 stands up for teacher at Howell, MI School Board Meeting

If you only watch one video today, this is it. Thank you for standing up for your teacher Graeme and thank you Mr. McDowell for standing up to bullying in your school. This world needs more people like you two -- people who are making it better. 

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Honoring All Our Veterans

Today we honor millions of veterans who fought for our country -- for those who lived and sacrificed. Whether you were straight, gay, lesbian, bi or trans, you had the courage to stand up for something bigger than yourself. Those of you who hope to serve or who are currently serving, we salute you. 

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The 5 Most Popular New Videos

Have a favorite of your own? Leave a comment and we'll promote it a bit more online. 

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NYT: Ke$ha and Katy Perry Sing for Gay Rights

Friday's New York Times featured a story about how new pop songs from Ke$ha, Katy Perry and Pink and being directed to a new generation of LGBT youth and may empower them to create the next gay rights movement. 

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Suze Orman joins It Gets Better Project, Launches Video

CNBC's Suze Orman Joins the It Gets Better Project, check out the video she just sent us! 

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Katy Perry Dedicates New Video “Firework” to It Gets Better Project

Just a few hours ago, Katy Perry tweeted: "I am officially dedicating my new video to #itgetsbetter, because everyone has the spark to be a FIREWORK." Thanks Katy. We look forward to hearing more from you and your support for the LGBT community. 

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Laura Bush Joins It Gets Better Project

This project is not a Democratic issue, it's not a Republican issue. It's not a liberal issue or a conservative issue. It's a human rights issue. It's about saving the lives of our brothers and sisters, sons and daughters who have lost all hope for living. 

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The CW Sits Down with Dan Savage, Joins Our Movement

Dan Savage sits down with Pix 11 (CW NYC) to talk about the It Gets Better Project movement (Aired 10/27/10). 

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Facebook becomes latest company to rally employees to join It Gets Better campaign

Facebook employees launched their own It Gets Better video today. 

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Making It Better: Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Check out our round up of the latest news, video and comments we've received back from supporters like you! See how with your help, we're making it better today. Leave a comment and share this post! 

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We’ve Reached the 100,000 Supporter Mark!

Yesterday, President Obama created his own "It Gets Better" video, filmed at the White House, and added his voice to the thousands of others who have already created videos reaching out to LGBT youth. We now have over 100,000 public supporters of the project.  

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Speaker Nancy Pelosi: “I am on your side.”

Speaker Pelosi's message to LGBT youth: "In America's rich history, we've overcome barriers and obstacles before, for women, and for religious, racial and ethnic minorities. And we are doing it again for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender Americans. During this challenging time for so many, you should know that I am on your side." 

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CNN: Dan Savage’s Reaction to President Obama’s Video

Columnist, Dan Savage and creator of the "It Gets Better" project spoke to CNN's American Morning on Friday, October 22. 

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President Obama: It Gets Better

As part of the It Gets Better Project, President Obama shares his message of hope and support for LGBT youth who are struggling with being bullied. 

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It Gets Better Project Reaches Major Milestone: Over 10 Million Video Views

Dan Savage of the It Gets Better Project announces the launch of a nationwide suicide prevention and anti-bullying effort and calls on supporters to take the first step today by signing a pledge at ItGetsBetterProject.com. The staff of Google, Gallaudet students, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Broadway cast members are the latest to post videos of support. 

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Hillary Clinton: “Tomorrow will be better.”

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton offers the message that "Tomorrow will be better" for LGBT youth.  

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The First It Gets Better Video: Dan & Terry

It Gets Better Project has received hundreds of inspiring videos, and it all started with one. Watch the video that started this crucial movement.  

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Dan Talks about It Gets Better with “A Concerned Mom”

Dan Savage responds to the concerns of a mother whose son is being bullied at school. 

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Welcome to the It Gets Better Project

ItGetsBetterProject.com is a place where LGBT adults can share their stories of hope with LGBT youth. Together we can reach out, inspire and make a difference. 

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