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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. It 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. It 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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“THERE’S NOT JUST ONE STORY TO BE TOLD:” An Interview with Maltese LGBT Activist, Romina Tolu

“THERE’S NOT JUST ONE STORY TO BE TOLD:” An Interview with Maltese LGBT Activist, Romina Tolu

Romina (or Mina) Tolu is one of the founding members of We Are, an LGBTQQI youth and student organization in Malta, a small island country in the Mediterranean Sea. She is currently serving as the communications officer on the executive board of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Youth and Student Organization (IGLYO), a European-based organization that aims to empower and enable the representation of LGBTQ youth and student issues around the world.  

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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. It 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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“LOVE MUST BE UNIVERSAL:” An Interview with Manuel Damas and Diogo Vieira da Silva from Portugal

“LOVE MUST BE UNIVERSAL:” An Interview with Manuel Damas and Diogo Vieira da Silva from Portugal

Manuel Damas and Diogo Vieira da Silva are the co-founders and directors of the Center for Advanced Sexualities and Affections (CASA) and of the It Gets Better Project's international affiliate organization in Portugal, Tudo Vai Melhorar. Find out what Manuel, a doctor by profession, and Diogo, a rising student leader, are doing to help pave the way for equality in their country. 

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“I AM A STORY OF HOPE:” An Interview with Venezuelan ‘artivist,’ Daniel Arzola

“I AM A STORY OF HOPE:” An Interview with Venezuelan ‘artivist,’ Daniel Arzola

Daniel Arzola is an art activist (‘artivist’) from Venezuela best known for his social artwork campaign, I Am Not A Joke (“No Soy Tu Chiste”), that aims to change negative perceptions of LGBT people. In early 2014, he teamed up with the It Gets Better Project to release seven images specifically targeting LGBT youth. These art messages have been translated into over 20 languages and have been showcased at art galleries and conferences around the world.  

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A Letter to Any Teen Who’s Thinking About Suicide

Dear friend, Let me start by telling you that I love you. No, I don't know you at all. I might have passed you at the mall or caught a glimpse of you driving down the road, but chances are you live far away from me, in another state or even in another country. I love you just the same. Even though we are distant, we are not so different, you and I. This is a picture of me when I was a teen. You can tell by looking at me that I felt different, unhappy. You see, like you, I have felt intense pain. I've even had fleeting moments when I wanted to commit suicide myself. I suspect that's something that everyone thinks about at one time or another, if they're honest with themselves. I know that sometimes, pain can become so heavy to carry around that you might just think killing yourself is the only respite from how bad you feel. But don't do it. This is why.  

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