On September 21, 2010, Dan Savage and his partner, Terry, posted a message on YouTube for LGBT teens everywhere facing harassment. The message was simple: "It gets better. However bad it is now, it gets better." The video was just a small response to a series of bully-induced suicides by LGBT youth. Dan wanted to reassure LGBT teens everywhere that life does, in fact, get better, and more often than not, life can get great.
Since then, The It Gets Better Project has turned into a worldwide movement, inspiring politicians, celebrities, organizations, activists, and personalities alike to submit their own story. From President Barack Obama to funny girl Sarah Silverman, everyone has put out their own message of hope.
This past February, it was MTV's turn to add to the movement with the It Gets Better special, a reminder to teens across the country that it will get better, and we're standing right by them until it does. Join us for part two on October 9, 2012!
2ND 'IT GETS BETTER' SPECIAL AIRS OCT. 9 AT 11/10c!
Check out the show page for more information + resources for youth and their allies:
5 WAYS TO GET STARTED
Be A Friend-Setter
Rally your friends online to come out in support of your LGBT friends, family, and the community at-large.
Make A Video
Upload your own It Gets Better video and share your message of hope and strength.
Support the Born This Way Foundation
Join Lady Gaga and fans around the world in to fostering a more accepting society and building a kinder, braver world.
Start A GSA
Check out GLSEN's resources for new and already-established Gay-Straight Alliances (GSAs) or similar clubs. No GSA at your school yet? Consider starting one!
Have A 'Day Of Silence'
On the National Day of Silence hundreds of thousands of students nationwide take a vow of silence to bring attention to anti-LGBT name-calling, bullying and harassment in their schools. Plan an event at your school or in your community.
CELEBRITIES TAKING ACTION
Meet a few celebrities taking action on the issue: