About the It Gets Better International Program
The Project launched its International Program to offer support and tools to groups around the world working on behalf of LGBT youth that request our collaboration. Since 2010, we have supported initiatives to benefit LGBT youth in over 20 countries. We do this by:
- Sharing International Media. For many, online video collections and social media outreach are the most successful strategies for reaching out to young people.
- Engaging a Global Community. The Project has participated in numerous pride events, conferences, trainings, and a range of other activities in order to interact directly with LGBT youth and the adults who work with them, wherever they may be.
- Providing Direct Services. In circumstances where resources for LGBT youth are scarce, we have worked with others to connect youth directly to services they stand in need of, such as mental health and counseling support, safe social spaces, legal support, and housing aid.
- Building Worldwide Partnerships. The Project is a proud member of the International LGBTI Association (ILGA) and is close friends with the International LGBT Queer Youth and Student Organization (IGLYO).
Our Affiliate Network
The Project has helped to establish affiliate projects in countries outside of the United States when groups have stated the desire and need for a lasting it gets better presence in their country. Each affiliate is an independently-funded and operated grassroots group, association, or organization that has adopted the Project's mission as its own. Project staff help coordinate the global and regional efforts of these affiliates, as well as provide them with digital resources, fundraising opportunities, targeted trainings, and more.
Australia / New Zealand
IGB Australia & New Zealand works with young people to make community-level changes a reality in a uniquely Aussie way. In May 2014, IGB Australia co-convened the UN Youth Australia’s Human Rights Summit held in Victoria. In 2015 they will host It Gets Better LIVE, a major concert to raise awareness around the bullying of LGBT youth and teen suicides.
Whether engaging with young people on the streets of Vienna, helping to build more inclusive work environments with international corporations such as Baxter Pharmaceuticals, or uploading inspirational videos from well-known Austrian celebrities such as Conchita Wurst, Es Wird Besser Österreich is making real change happen for LGBT youth in central Europe.
In early 2014, the U.S. Consulate in Recife granted Instituto PAPAI, a local human rights organization, a small grant to start a program supporting LGBT youth in the region. Today, Tudo Vai Melhorar Brasil is making waves. Most recently, this group hosted a public forum with local politicians to discuss the need for laws protecting LGBT people from discrimination and violence.
In response to high rates of adolescent suicide and school violence in Chile, the It Gets Better Project’s first Latin American affiliate was founded. As Todo Mejora Chile identifies the needs of youth, they have expanded their work to include the printing of specialized materials, the training of teachers and mental health specialists, and the promotion of LGBT issues in public discourse.
It Gets Better Colombia launched on #GivingTuesday, December 1, 2015. Currently they operate three programs in addition to social media outreach: counseling for LGBT youth, training for adults and professionals, and online video collection.
Todo Mejora Ecuador is our newest affiliate project and our fifth grassroots installment in Latin America. Already the project has done tremendous work in spreading the it gets better message to LGBT youth in Ecuador through radio and social media.
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)! This will be the 7th permanent affiliate installment in Europe (following the creation of projects in Portugal, Switzerland, Italy, Moldova, Austria, and Spain) and our first in the Balkan Region.
Le Cose Cambiano was launched soon after the bestselling book “It Gets Better: Coming Out, Overcoming Bullying and Creating a Life Worth Living,” was translated into Italian. Since then, this organization has participated in over 150 events and met with over 5,000 high school students throughout the country. In September of 2014, they were awarded the Macchianera Internet Award for "Best LGBT Website" and helped establish the first gay-straight alliance in Italy.
Todo Mejora México was originally established as a regional program in collaboration with Comunidad Metropolitana, A.C. in Monterrey. Lead by a member on the Youth Council of the U.S. Consulate, the affiliate is currently working to expand their outreach and impact to more regions of the country.
The Project’s only affiliate in Eastern Europe, Egali, created an it gets better video series in both Romanian and Russian. The group is supported by GenderDoc-M, one of the country’s oldest NGOs serving the LGBT community.
In May of 2014, Todo Mejora Paraguay hosted #ColorFest, the first LGBT festival ever held in their country. This affiliate has also collaborated with Amnesty International to ignite public support for anti-discriminatory legislation and social inclusivity of LGBT Paraguayans.
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! This will be the 6th permanent affiliate installment in Latin America (following the creation of projects in Chile, Paraguay, Mexico, Ecuador, and Colombia) and our fifth in South America.
Originally established as a major program at the Center for Advanced Sexualities and Affections (CASA), a nonprofit organization based in Porto, Tudo Vai Melhorar is frequently involved in local events, festivals, conferences, and more on behalf of LGBT youth in Portugal. In addition to their online and community programming, they are currently working on building the first network for LGBT youth leadership in Portugal.
It Gets Better España launched their website in January 2015 and began a program with the U. S. Embassy in Madrid to recruit volunteers for LGBT education training.
Since 2012, Es Wird Besser Schweiz has participated in major LGBT festivals, events, and conferences across the country. They have also launched several successful media campaigns engaging local communities in dialogue about the issues affecting Switzerland’s LGBT youth.
If you're interested in launching an affiliate of the It Gets Better Project, please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.