Dan Savage's It Gets Better project aims to give LGBT teens hope

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      It gets better.

      That's the message that syndicated columnist Dan Savage wants to impart to every LGBT teenager who is a victim of bullying.

      In response to the suicide of Billy Lucas, a 15-year-old gay teenager from Indiana who hung himself on September 9 after suffering from bullying, Savage started a YouTube channel as a place where people can post videos with messages of hope for LGBT youth.

      Hundreds of responses have already been uploaded by individuals who faced similar struggles in their adolescence.

      Beginning next week, the Straight will be posting responses to Savage's original video (featuring himself and his camera-shy partner, Terry).

      In the meantime, please watch Savage's video below.

       

      Previous entries:
      It Gets Better: Let's dispel the myth that bullying is a rite of passage
      It Gets Better: Hillary Clinton sounds off on bullying and discrimination
      It Gets Better: The things you have to overcome often end up being your biggest gifts
      It Gets Better: Here's why being gay is totally awesome
      It Gets Better: Advice from a father and son
      It Gets Better: If Tim Gunn says it, it must be true
      It Gets Better: You were born into our family—and we're not going to let you go
      It Gets Better: The hardest part of life is being yourself
      It Gets Better: There's a bigger, better world out there for you
      It Gets Better: Don't let your religious upbringing make you afraid
      It Gets Better: Every day is better than the last one
      It Gets Better: Life is full of solutions
      Dan Savage's It Gets Better project aims to give LGBT teens hope

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      5 Comments

      Beki Long

      Sep 25, 2010 at 12:27pm

      Powerful!

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      Darrin

      Sep 29, 2010 at 7:57pm

      I does get better... spread the word! Stay alive long enough to see that it does get better!!!

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      Neil B

      Sep 30, 2010 at 9:02pm

      I was bullied all through highschool, for different reasons than Dan and Terry, but the message is the same regardless of why one is bullied.
      You will survive it. What got me through was an old sayings that goes like this: "That which does not kill you, only makes you stronger".

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      Caroline

      Oct 4, 2010 at 2:44pm

      Listen to this free download, it's called "this is me"

      http://www.jenfoster.com/

      Having read the " It gets better" project and then being sent this song this afternoon, I just want to share the song with everyone!

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      bill

      May 2, 2012 at 12:07pm

      anyone who can write a book on bullying but proceeds to bash Christains in the process doesn't deserve to to be read at all! Remove the beam out of your own eye before you attempt to remove the twig out of others.

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