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New York Times Talk: It Gets Better Project

Last fall, the advice columnist Dan Savage and his partner, Terry Miller, decided to post a video to give hope to bullied gay teenagers. Their message was that they also had been bullied as kids, but their adult lives were so much better, and included love, friendship, career achievement, marriage and parenthood. That video became the cornerstone of the It Gets Better Project, which has since generated more than 23,000 videos viewed more than 60 million times. Recently, Mr. Savage and Mr. Miller served as grand marshals in New York’s gay pride parade, and sat down with staff members of The New York Times to talk about It Gets Better. 

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Rise Against Encourages Young Gay Fans That ‘It Gets Better’

When punk band Rise Against made the transition from underground clubs to arenas, frontman Tim McIlrath noticed something upsetting. He would meet fans of the band and then later learn that they were afraid to tell him they were gay. "They didn't know if their favorite band was going to condemn them or not," McIlrath tells Billboard.com. "I didn't want our fans to think that their favorite band wouldn't accept them for who they are." 

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Google Takes to TV to Promote Browser

Google is once again taking up arms in the browser wars, in the belief that people who use its Chrome Web browser will be more likely to keep using Google search. 

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Dan Savage brings his ‘It Gets Better’ message to bookstores

When popular sex columnist Dan Savage created the “It Gets Better Project” video project, which was designed to reach out to the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) youth struggling with anti-gay bullying, he never thought it would become the viral sensation of 2010. Now, seven months after the video project’s inception, Savage has co-authored the “It Gets Better” book with his partner Terry Miller. The compilation of stories is inspired by the thousands of submissions they received from people all over the world in response to the video project. 

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10 Questions for Dan Savage

How did you come up with the idea for It Gets Better? Last summer I was reading about teen suicides, speaking at colleges and thinking that what I should be doing is going to high schools. But I would never get permission, as a gay adult, to speak to gay kids. Then it occurred to me that in the YouTube era, I was waiting for permission I no longer needed.  

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It Gets Better, Starting in Elementary School

As Governor Quinn signed historic anti-bullying legislation at Nettelhorst, my neighborhood's public elementary school last summer, it came as no surprise when Unabridged, our beloved independent bookstore across the street, asked us to host their upcoming discussion for the release of It Gets Better: The Book. The real shocker, of course, is that a public elementary school openly discussing LGBT issues hardly raises an eyebrow anymore. For my school community, it's been long, arduous road to normalcy. 

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In Isolated Utah City, New Clubs for Gay Students

ST. GEORGE, Utah — Some disapproving classmates called members of the new club “Satanists.” Another asked one of the girls involved, “Do you have a disease?” 

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In Isolated Utah City, New Clubs for Gay Students

Some disapproving classmates called members of the new club “Satanists.” Another asked one of the girls involved, “Do you have a disease?” But at three local high schools here this fall, dozens of gay students and their supporters finally convened the first Gay-Straight Alliances in the history of this conservative, largely Mormon city. It was a turning point here and for the state, where administrators, teachers and even the Legislature have tried for years to block support groups for gay youths, calling them everything from inappropriate to immoral. 

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Sigourney Weaver talks ‘Prayers for Bobby,’ ‘Avatar 2,’ ‘Ghostbusters 3,’ and Ridley Scott’s ‘Alien’

A precursor to the It Gets Better Project, the film was just released on DVD, almost two years after it first aired. We chatted with Weaver about Bobby and about whether we may yet see her in Avatar 2, Ghostbusters 3 and Ridley Scott’s Alien prequel. 

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The Advocate Gives Thanks

Lady Gaga Speaks Out for Gay Rights 

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